National Museum of the Royal Navy - Fundraising Committee Member

Body: National Museum of the Royal Navy
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Defence, Education
Location: Portsmouth, but may on occasion be required to travel to any of the National Museum’s sites
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The posts are unpaid but reasonable travel expenses can be claimed.
Time Requirements: Successful candidates will need to spend time familiarising themselves with the Museum and its workings and keeping knowledge up-to-date. Committee members are expected to attend each of the four committee meetings a year, with most meetings lasting two hours. Additional time will be required to study papers, to attend museum events including fundraising events, and to represent the Museum at other functions.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

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  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Board of the National Museum of the Royal Navy is currently recruiting for a committee member for its Fundraising Committee who will support the committee in advising and monitoring Fundraising efforts across the organisation. The National Museum of the Royal Navy was established in 2008 and is a charity, a company limited by guarantee and a Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.  Our vision is to become the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum, enabling people to learn, enjoy and engage with the epic story of the Royal Navy and its impact in shaping the modern world. The National Museum, with its headquarters in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, includes: the Royal Navy Submarine Museum with Cold War-era HMS Alliance (Gosport); Explosion, the Museum of Naval Firepower (Gosport); the Fleet Air Arm Museum (Yeovilton), with planning underway for a new Royal Marines Museum, in the Historic Dockyard.  Our fleet of historic naval ships includes HMS Victory; HMS Warrior 1860; HMS M33; HMS Caroline (Belfast); and, HMS Trincomalee (Hartlepool).

Further information about the National Museum of the Royal Navy can be found on its website


The day-to-day operation of the National Museum is delegated to the Director General (also the Accounting Officer) and to the Executive Directors with 350 staff and over 300 volunteers. The National Museum attracted 1.3 million visitors to its sites in 2017/18. NMRN has had considerable fundraising success in the past, during the last ten years we have raised over 100 million. The NMRN faces a number of fundraising challenges in both the short term for a new Royal Marines Museum and the joint project with Portsmouth City Council for LCT 7074 (a Tank Landing craft present at D-Day) and long term to establish a fund for the preservation of our historic fleet.

The Fundraising Committee is responsible for all aspects of fundraising across the NMRN group including ensuring that there is a coordinated approach to private, public and corporate sectors that is coherent and transparent. The committee also advises the Board on progress against its new five year fundraising strategy and gives assurance on the requirements of the Fundraising Regulator and fundraising best practice. The Committee is currently made up of a mixture of trustees and external committee members and wishes to welcome another member to strengthen to the committee on the retirement of a long standing member. The committee meets four times a year in Portsmouth and travel to fundraising events at other locations may be required several times a year.

The committee also oversees the museum’s new National Membership scheme which recruited 6,000 members in just 18 months. It has also overseen the development of strategies and plans for legacy marketing, major donor fundraising, events and crowdfunding.

This is an exciting opportunity for a leader in the fundraising sector to become involved with the fundraising strategy of a National Museum. The committee takes an active role in determining strategy and monitoring outcomes, working closely with the internal Fundraising Team and external consultants. Current fundraising campaigns include for a new Royal Marines Museum and D-Day landing craft LCT 7074, both significant projects of national significance. However the vision for the museum goes far beyond with the need to identify and future fundraising strategies. Working with the in-house team, the Fundraising Committee has been seen as a growing success, in guiding and overseeing fundraising at NMRN. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to this area of growth.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience in overseeing/coordinating/delivering fundraising campaigns
  • Expertise in fundraising areas which might include charitable trusts, major donors, corporate or membership.
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practice, ethical fundraising and fundraising legislation
  • An understanding of the application processes to trusts, grant making bodies and corporate sponsors
  • Networking and relationship building skills
  • Ability to apply strategic insight, innovative advice and constructive challenge to the Executive team’s plans
  • Excellent communication, influencing and teamwork skills with other committee members and the executive
  • A shared commitment to diversity and equality


  • Experience of Charity Governance, Company Law or working with the not for profit sector
  • An understanding of  the objectives of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the issues and challenges it faces in delivering them, with a passion to help achieve its objectives
  • An interest in the Royal Navy or museums

Additional Information

The Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles) defines the ethical standards expected of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Trustees and Committee Members.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy promotes an equal opportunities policy.  Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.  We particularly welcome applications from female, young people and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are currently under-represented. The appointment is not remunerated but reasonable expenses will be paid.

How to Apply

Please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4: this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodes and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, clearly setting out how you meet the criteria and skills as set out above.
  • The completed Declaration Form, the Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Questions and completed applications should be sent to:


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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