Imperial War Museums - Media Trustee and Legal / Property Trustee

Body: Imperial War Museums
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: These roles are not remunerated, but reasonable travel expenses will be paid.
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


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Vacancy Description

The Imperial War Museums (IWM) are seeking to appoint two trustees to their board.

For the first of the two roles the IWM is seeking a trustee with strong media and communications skills. Communication is crucial to the fulfilment of IWM’s objectives. Collaboration with broadcast and print media, together with its presence on the worldwide web, is the Museum’s principal means of communicating to the broadest possible audience information about, and access to, its collections and exhibition and education programmes. A strong presence in the media and the maintenance and development of its current, positive public image are of vital importance to the Museum. The role the media plays in raising public awareness, and contributing to the record, of modern conflict also impacts strongly on the Museum’s collecting and display activities.

For the second of the two roles the IWM is seeking a trustee with a background in legal practice or estate development.   IWM is currently embarking on the second phase of the masterplan for IWM London which will see the creation of new permanent Second World War and Holocaust galleries, due to open in 2020, and provision of a new learning centre.  To facilitate this, our strategic priorities include a phased collections storage project which will also enable the implementation of the masterplan for development of our IWM Duxford site, and an accommodation strategy for providing new work spaces and facilities for staff.

The first of these two roles is an appointment made by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The second is an appointment made by the Prime Minister.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates for both roles must demonstrate:

  • a knowledge of and commitment to IWM, and support of 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.


Additional criteria: media trustee

In addition to the essential criteria outlined above, candidates for the media trustee role must also be able to demonstrate:

  • significant experience working at an influential level in the media, whether broadcast, print or online


Additional criteria: legal/estate development trustee

In addition to the essential criteria outlined above, candidates for the legal/estate development role must also be able to demonstrate:

  • extensive legal experience with a background in property, commercial or corporate practice at a senior level or
  • the ability to oversee high level capital projects, with an understanding of strategic management of extensive estates

Knowledge or experience of built heritage in a conservation or historical context would be advantageous.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A copy of your CV, of no more than three 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.
  • You should also complete and return the OCPA monitoring form and the conflicts of interest form, both of which can downloaded from this advert.

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 with ‘IWM Media Trustee’ or ‘IWM Property/Estates Trustee’  in the subject heading.   If you are unable to apply online, please post applications to the Public Appointments Team, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Should you have any questions regarding the campaign please contact Bruce  Simpson on the Public Appointments team on 0207 211 2146 and e-mail or Gill Smith at the Imperial War Museums at

OCPA Monitoring Form
Conflicts of Interests Form
Conflicts of Interest Guidance
OCPA Complaints Procedure
Role specification - IWM trustees
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