British Museum Trustees

Body: British Museum
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The post is unpaid, but travel and accommodation expenses can be claimed.
Time Requirements: Successful candidates will need to spend time familiarising themselves with the Museum and its workings and keeping that knowledge up to date. The Board meets four times a year, with most meetings and associated activities lasting half a day and one meeting usually spent away from the Museum over a weekend. Most Trustees also serve on one or more committees or advisory groups, each meeting around three to four times a year. Additional time will be required to study papers, to attend events at the Museum, including fundraising events, and to represent the Museum at other functions.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Sir Charlie Mayfield has been appointed by the Prime Minister as Trustees of the British Museum for a term of four years, commencing 1 June 2018.

Date: 01/06/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    01/06/2018 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The British Museum is seeking two new Trustees.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

All successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives and work of the British Museum as a museum of the world for the world.


  • Strategic decision-making ability.


  • A commitment to supporting fundraising activity.


  • Excellent communications and representational skills.


  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team, with experience of collective decision making at a senior level.   


In making its final recommendation to the Prime Minister, the advisory panel will also take account of the need to maintain diversity of the Board.

Additional Information


The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all ‘studious and curious persons’. The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to over six million visitors today.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A copy of your CV, of no more than two sides
  • A supporting statement, of no more than two sides, that evidences how you meet all the criteria in the Person Specification. Please provide examples of where your knowledge and experience matches the required criteria. It is important that you provide as much detail as possible, within a limit of two sides.
  • You should also complete the separate disclosure forms providing details of any political activity, conflicts of interest, diversity monitoring form, and details of any public appointments held currently.

Please ensure you include preferred telephone number, as well as a preferred e-mail address, which will be used with discretion.

Applications should be emailed to: Please include ‘British Museum’ in the subject heading.   If you are unable to apply online, please post applications to: Public Appointments, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ


The appointments process will be conducted under the Governance Code on Public Appointments, and regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, which is based on three core principles of merit, openness and fairness.

DCMS promotes an equal opportunities policy.  Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.  Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents.

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