Imperial War Museums - Army Trustee

Body: Imperial War Museums
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post is unpaid, but reasonable travel expenses can be claimed.
Time Requirements: Trustees are expected to allocate sufficient time to the role, which is likely to be up to one day per month. There are four full Board meetings per year (generally March, July, September and December). Some additional time will be required to study papers and reports as well as to attend events, away days, other committee meetings as appropriate and any representational engagements.


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

The Prime Minister has appointed Hugh Bullock and Andrew Figgures as Trustees of the Imperial War Museum for four years from 1 February 2018, and the The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Mark Urban as a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum four years from 16 March 2018.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    13/02/2018 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Imperial War Museums (IWM) has traditionally had a Trustee on it’s Board from each of the three branches of the armed forces. The new Army Trustee will be an appointment made by the Prime Minister.

Person Specification

The successful candidate for this position will be a senior Army officer who will have:

  • served or be serving at the most senior level in the Army;
  • recent experience of working at a senior level in Whitehall, including working directly with Ministers, senior officials, members of parliament and the media;
  • up-to-date contacts in the Army, Ministry of Defence and defence sector; and
  • an interest in the history of modern conflict and people’s experience of it.

Candidates will also need to demonstrate:

  • a knowledge of and commitment to IWM, and support for the purposes and values of the Museum, including its public educational purpose;
  • proven ability to take responsibility and demonstrate sound judgement in strategic decision making;
  • excellent representational and communication skills;
  • a clear understanding of the principles of corporate governance in the public sector; and
  • the ability to contribute to future policy and strategic developments with innovative thinking

Operational experience of recent conflicts would be an advantage and help to inform our work on contemporary conflict.

How to Apply

All candidates should submit a brief covering letter outlining their interest in their role, together with their military resume and completed monitoring and conflict of interest forms (please document attachments).

Please Note that the interviews will take place in Mid October 2017 with confirmed interview dates and times to be confirmed.

Completed applications should be sent to with “IWM Army Trustee” in the subject line.

Alternatively, hard copies can be sent to the Public Appointments Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

If you have any questions about the appointments process please contact Bruce Simpson (Public Appointments Adviser) by telephone on 020 7211 2146 or by email at

If you have any questions about the Army Trustee role please contact Gill Smith, Secretary to the Board of the Imperial War Museums, on  020 7416 5205 or by email at


OCPA Monitoring Form
Conflicts of Interests Form
Conflicts of Interest Guidance
OCPA Complaints Procedure
Role specification - Army Trustee
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