President - Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board of Trustees meetings are held 4 times a year, with most meetings held in south Wales. The President’s activities will usually be concentrated in the Cardiff area, but he/she will be required to visit other National Museums and other locations.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The position is unpaid, but Board members are entitled to travel and other expenses within reasonable limits
Time Requirements: 2 days per week


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

The Welsh Government did not receive a sufficient number of applications to provide the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure with a choice of appointable candidates for the position. The Cabinet Secretary decided to halt the recruitment campaign. The post will be advertised in the future following discussions with the National Museum of Wales.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Margaret Llewellyn OBE Added 01/09/2017

    Panel Chair

    Chair of the Tourism Advisory Panel of Visit Wales, and a member of the Board of Visit Britain • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Jason Thomas Added 01/09/2017

    Director Culture, Sport and Tourism • Departmental Official

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  • Phil George Added 01/09/2017

    Chair of Arts Council Wales • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

Amgueddfa Cymru is one of the leading cultural organisations and national institutions in Wales. Amgueddfa Cymru is visited by 1.7 million people each year.


Amgueddfa Cymru was established by Royal Charter in 1907 and was granted a supplemental Charter in 2006. Its primary objective (under its Royal Charter) is “the advancement of the education of the public.” It currently employs c.500 members of staff and is made up of seven national museums consisting of:

• National Museum Cardiff
• St Fagans National Museum of History
• National Slate Museum (Llanberis)
• National Wool Museum (Drefach Felindre)
• Big Pit National Coal Museum (Blaenafon)
• National Roman Legion Museum (Caerleon)
• National Waterfront Museum (Swansea)

A strong public programme is in place for visitors of all ages, including an active volunteering programme and a participative programme for schools to give children hands-on learning opportunities.

Amgueddfa Cymru also operates a National Collections Centre. It cares for collections of national and international importance, and undertakes extensive collections-based research. It has an active programme of partnership with local museums and galleries across Wales, as well as loans and exchanges with galleries elsewhere in the UK and internationally.

Amgueddfa Cymru supports a wider range of Welsh Government policies and strategies, including the Fusion: Creating opportunities through culture programme. It has set Wellbeing Objectives under the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act, and complies with Welsh Language Standards that came into force in January 2017. As a public body and major employer, Amgueddfa Cymru complies with duties and obligations set under UK and Welsh legislation.

At St Fagans National History Museum, Amgueddfa Cymru is developing a distinctively Welsh – and globally significant – model for museums, one rooted in social engagement and cultural democracy. The transformation of Wales’ best loved museum is one of the most significant and innovative heritage projects in the UK.
Further information is available on Amgueddfa Cymru’s website:

Board’s Role and responsibilities

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Amgueddfa Cymru and holds the national collections in trust for the people of Wales. The role of the Board is to provide effective leadership, define and develop strategic direction and set challenging objectives. The Board promotes high standards of public accountability and upholds the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money. It monitors performance against Amgueddfa Cymru’s aims, objectives and performance targets.

Although the Board is ultimately responsible for everything Amgueddfa Cymru does, the Director General is responsible to the Trustees for the day-to-day operational management of the institution. The Director General is also formally designated as Amgueddfa Cymru’s Accounting Officer by the Welsh Government. The Director General is supported by a Senior Management Team.

Amgueddfa Cymru’s Board has a maximum of 16 members, bringing together individuals with a range of expertise and experiences. 9 (including the President and Vice President) are appointed by the Welsh Government, and 7 (including the Treasurer) are appointed by Amgueddfa Cymru. The Board’s role is to direct Amgueddfa Cymru in the public interest and ensure accountability to the public.

As Amgueddfa Cymru is a registered charity (registered number: 525774), trustees are required to fulfil the duties of charity trustees. Further information is available in the Charity Commission’s document “CC3 The Essential Trustee: What you need to know”

As Amgueddfa Cymru is also a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, trustees also have obligations to the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales. Amgueddfa Cymru currently receives c.80% of its annual funding (c.£22 million revenue funding in 2017-18) from the Welsh Government, as Grant in Aid. The Framework Document sets out the funding agreement with the Welsh Government and summarises the sponsorship relationship. The Charity Commission has produced guidance on relationships between charities and the state in “RR7 The Independence of Charities from the State”

Person Specification

The President:

• Demonstrates strong leadership of the Board as Chair of Amgueddfa Cymru.

• Has overall responsibility for the Board of Trustees and is personally responsible to Welsh Ministers for the conduct of Amgueddfa Cymru’s affairs and its Trustees.

• Supports the Director General in implementing the Vision of ‘Inspiring People; Changing Lives’ adopted by the Board of Trustees.

• Represents and speaks for Amgueddfa Cymru. The President may be expected to represent Amgueddfa Cymru during visits by royalty, ambassadors and other senior public figures, and at the opening of exhibitions and events.

• Demonstrates effective stakeholder management, facilitating and promoting contacts with the Friends and Patrons of Amgueddfa Cymru.

• Uses their strong Welsh connections for the benefit of Amgueddfa Cymru.

• Contributes to fundraising activities.

The President also:

• Represents Amgueddfa Cymru in joint appointments processes with the Welsh Government to select new Trustees, ensures that the Board is fit for purpose; that Trustees receive appropriate induction, training, performance assessment and comply with governance requirements under the Royal Charter, Charities Act, Nolan Principles, and the Board’s Code of Conduct.

• Chairs all meetings of the Board of Trustees, and the Appointments and Remuneration Committee (which oversees Trustee and senior staff appointments and determines the Director General’s annual salary), and liaises regularly with the Vice President, Treasurer, and other Trustees.

• Meets formally twice a year with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure to discuss the progress of Amgueddfa Cymru in fulfilling the requirements of the Cabinet Secretary’s annual Remit Letter and any other current issues; and ensure that Trustees are appraised of communications between Amgueddfa Cymru and Welsh Ministers.

• Is a member of the Performance Review Committee (four meetings annually) and the Audit Committee (four meetings annually). Both committees hold a joint meeting each year to approve the annual accounts.

Person Specification

The position of President requires a person of stature and vision capable of leading a national institution in the senior non-executive role.

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

• strong leadership skills and the ability to provide effective support and challenge to a high profile organisation

• effective stakeholder management skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively, and work with and through others to achieve objectives

• strategic thinking and commercial acumen

• strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the need to act as an ambassador for Amgueddfa Cymru

• the ability to develop an inclusive and diverse Board, including a commitment to increasing diversity and promoting equality

• an appreciation of Amgueddfa Cymru’s role and purpose as a national institution in Wales, and for the cultural, educational, economic and socio-political contexts in which it operates

• experience of operating in a complex, multi-disciplinary organisation

• an understanding of, and commitment to, Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ (

Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable

• Commercial, business and/or the law
• learning and participation at all levels
• Further and higher education, and/or research
• digital media

Welsh Language

Trustees may participate in Board meetings in either Welsh or English. Bilingual translation is provided for Board meetings. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in a bilingual environment and have a strong commitment to, and respect and understanding of, bilingualism and the Welsh Language.

It is considered desirable, but not essential, for the President to be able to communicate in Welsh. Please indicate your level of competency in your application.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 029 2082 5454

If you require more information about Amgueddfa Cymru or the role of President, Amgueddfa Cymru will be holding open days on the following dates. You are welcome to contact Elaine Cabuts, Museum Secretary, for more information or to arrange a separate appointment for an informal conversation with the Vice President or Treasurer.

Email: Tel: 02920 573204

Open days:
• Saturday 9 September 10am – 2pm (National Museum Cardiff)
• Friday 15 September 10am – 3pm (St Fagans National History Museum)
Booking is not required.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

How to Apply

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 029 2082 5454

For further details and to apply go to

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales - Appointment of a President - Information pack for applicants
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales - Penodi Llywydd - Pecyn gwybodaeth i ymgeiswyr
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