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: Unpaid but reasonable travel expenses can be claimed.
Time Requirements: 4 Board meetings per year plus some events and time for preparation before each.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description


The Board of NMRN Operations is currently recruiting for a trustee who will bring significant digital skills to the organisation, supporting the Board in making informed, data driven decisions about how digital can help achieve the charity’s objectives. NMRN Operations is the charitable subsidiary of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and is responsible for the operation of its museums across the United Kingdom. Meetings are held four times a year and last around 2-3 hours, usually in the Portsmouth area although visits may be made to the other museum sites. The Board is made up of trustees from a broad variety of backgrounds and would welcome those new to trusteeship or charity governance and would support your development.

Background to NMRN

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. NMRN Operations is a charity, a company limited by guarantee established in December 2016 with responsibility for the operational delivery of the corporate priorities. 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.

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 Board undertakes a periodic review of its membership and skills sets and new appointments are made on the basis of what skills trustees believe the Board needs to deliver its strategy or tackle specific issues

Person Specification

Essential criteria

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Ability to apply strategic insight, innovative advice and constructive challenge to the Executive team’s plans across wide-ranging strategy, delivery and organisational issues
  • Commercial acumen including professional credibility and influence
  • An understanding of how to increase digital presence and exploit technology to deliver the museum’s objectives in any of the following areas:
    • visitor experience, audience engagement and collections accessibility – on site and on line
    • driving revenue via ecommerce – tickets, shop, events, reproductions
    • brand awareness – including partnerships and strategic alliances with mobile and web partners
    • learning – tangible and intangible (soft-skills)
    • business efficiency and sustainability
    • preservation – corporate and collections
    • social media and website design – content creation and dissemination
  • Experience in overseeing or developing digital transformations to achieve strategic objectives in comparable organisations in similar or different sectors
  • Excellent communication, influencing and teamwork skills with other trustees 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 understanding of customer service principles
  • An interest in the Royal Navy or museums



Additional Information

Successful candidates will need to spend time familiarising themselves with the Museum and its workings and keeping knowledge up-to-date. All trustees are expected to attend each of the four Board meetings a year, with most meetings and associated activities lasting half a day. Additional time will be required to study papers, to attend museum events including fundraising events, and to represent the Museum at other functions.

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

Trustees’ responsibilities are defined in the Charity Commission’s publication CC3 “The Essential Trustee”.

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 on our Board. A mentoring programme for those new to trusteeship is also available. 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 and should include at least one example of a digital achievement/project you are most proud of and what results this achieved.
  • The completed Trustees’ 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:
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This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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