Museum of the Home Chair

Body: Museum of the Home
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The term of office will last four years, and time commitment is likely to average: 16 hours over the year for Board Meetings, the Annual General Meeting and an Away Day; 10 hours over the year for attendance at sub-committees; 2 -3 days per month for reading and preparing papers, meeting the director and other trustees; and other general work related to the role.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Museum of the Home wishes to appoint a Chair to drive forward and bring to life the ongoing transformation of our Museum, and the place to explore and debate the meaning of home. This appointment, made by the Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, carries a three-year term.

Museum of the Home reopened in 2021 following an £18.8m refurbishment with increased gallery spaces, a contemporary art programme and a vibrant programme of public events. The challenges for the next Chair include rethinking our much-loved Rooms Through Time, developing a masterplan for undeveloped areas of the museum site, and ensuring the Museum continues to increase and broaden its audiences, impact and reach. 

Museum of the Home and DCMS are committed to ensuring their public appointments are diverse and benefit from a broad range of skills and perspectives, so that the Board of Trustees at Museum of the Home is representative all of the people it serves. We encourage applications from those whose experiences and perspectives are currently under-represented on our Board and in the museum sector.

Person Specification

Candidates for the Chair should be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Strong enthusiasm for the Museum of the Home and its potential, and to supporting its core purpose to be a place to explore and debate the meaning of home;
  • The ability to chair and lead the board effectively, to promote high-quality discussion and ensure all voices are heard;
  • Good communication skills with the ability to act as a spokesperson and advocate for the Museum, forging strong relationships with key stakeholders;
  • The ability to lead the organisation through recovery from Covid lockdown and future strategic development;
  • The ability to encourage donors, sponsors and supporters to work with the Museum;
  • An understanding, of and commitment to, the principles of corporate governance in the public sector;
  • An ability to think strategically and creatively to help the Museum of the Home to achieve its vision and to better serve and work in partnership with all stakeholders;
  • A commitment to engaging communities outside of London, and factoring UK-wide strategies into all decision making; and
  • A commitment to preserving cultural heritage, improving education and understanding of British and World history as it relates to the history of the home.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate how they would support the Museum’s core values: 

  • Collaborative: we engage with many partners to create a welcoming and dynamic space for everyone
  • Agile: we are flexible in our ways of working and quickly adapt to change
  • Risk-taking: we have a supportive environment where it’s ok to try new things and fail
  • Diverse: we believe that a happy and diverse workforce encourages a happy and diverse audience
  • Eco-aware: we always look for ways to be more environmentally sustainable

The term of appointment for this role is four years.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides;
  • A supporting statement of not more than three sides of A4, providing examples and setting out how you meet the criteria; 
  • The Diversity Monitoring Form which must be completed by clicking this link, before submitting your application – please note this replaces the previous PDF monitoring form; and
  •  The Declaration of Interests Form.

Completed applications should be emailed to: Please put ‘Museum of the Home Chair’ in the Subject line.

If you have any questions about the appointment process please contact the DCMS Public Appointments Team at

Diversity and inclusion

We want to ensure any appointee is committed to promoting diversity, in its broadest possible sense. This will include embedding a commitment to the principles of levelling up and championing opportunity for all across the organisation, helping to ensure that the organisation is one in which a genuinely diverse range of views can be expressed, without fear or favour.

We ask all applicants to complete a diversity monitoring form. We hope you will help us by providing this information. Your data is not disclosed to the panel, but allows us to constantly evaluate any potential barriers to becoming a public appointee and what we can do to encourage a more diverse field to apply.

Disability Confident

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under the majority of the essential criteria. If you wish to apply under this scheme, state this in the covering email or letter when submitting your application. This will in no way prejudice your application.

About DCMS

Our department operates at the heart of government on some of the UK’s biggest economic and social issues. Our mission is to drive growth, enrich lives and promote the UK to the world. We champion innovation and creativity. From the Arts to Artificial Intelligence, a quarter of UK businesses are in our sectors, and are among the fastest growing of our economy. Emerging technology is opening up new possibilities for human endeavour and self-expression. But we need to harness it, create new norms for the online world and build a strong civil society so that the benefits are shared by all. Our actions over more than 25 years of DCMS have become woven into the fabric of our nation. Today we continue to shape the world we want to live in – building a future fit for everyone. DCMS is a ministerial department, supported by 45 agencies and public bodies. 

If you are not completely satisfied

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, please contact

Supporting information

This appointments process adheres to the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments, which is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All applicants are expected to abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life and the 12 Principles of Governance.

Eligibility Criteria

You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:

  • you become bankrupt or make an arrangement with a creditor
  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement
  • programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors;
  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
  • you have been convicted of a criminal offence, the conviction not being spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53);
  • you become subject to a debt relief order or a bankruptcy restrictions order;
  • you fail to declare any conflict of interest.


Conflicts of Interest and Due Diligence

If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of the organisation, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. If you have queries about this and would like to discuss further please contact the Public Appointments Team.

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