Royal Armouries x3 Trustees

Body: Royal Armouries
Appointing Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings will take place at the three museum sites (Leeds, Fort Nelson (near Fareham, Hampshire) and the Tower of London. Meetings may also occur at DCMS in central London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: These roles are not remunerated
Time Requirements: Trustees will need to commit around eight days a year to the Royal Armouries, in addition to reading and commenting on written material and attending other meetings and events on occasion.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    05/06/2019

  • Closed for Applications

    03/07/2019 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift

    08/08/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews will take place on 9 and 18 September (09:00-17:00)

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  1. Introduction

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint three outstanding individuals to join the Board of Trustees of the Royal Armouries, the national museum of arms and armour. The appointments will run from 2019 to 2023, with the possibility of renewal under exceptional circumstances. Meetings are held four times a year, normally twice in Leeds and once each at the Tower of London and at Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth. Trustees may also be invited to join and/or chair one of the three Trustee sub-committees, and may be asked to give advice or make decisions between meetings and to attend social, corporate and fundraising events as they arise. This is an exciting period in Royal Armouries’ history, having recently exponentially expanded its commercial operations and embarked upon developing an ambitious master plan to transform its public offer, standing and long-term sustainability. Trustees will be very much involved in this process.

 

  1. About the Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is one of the most important museums of its type in the world. Its origins lie in the Middle Ages, and at its core is the celebrated collection originating in the nation’s working arsenal, assembled over many centuries at the Tower of London. In the reign of Elizabeth I, selected items began to be arranged for display to visitors, making the Royal Armouries heir to one of the oldest deliberately-created visitor attractions in the country. The collection of c.75,000 objects and 500,000 archive items – apart from the c.2700 loans to other bodies – is now displayed and housed not only at the Tower of London but also at the purpose-built museum in Leeds and at Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth. Since 2005 the museum has also managed the collection of small arms assembled since the early 17th century by the British armed forces (the former Pattern Room), now also in Leeds, and known as the National Firearms Centre.

 

The museum was established in its present form by the National Heritage Act (1983) and is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, via whom it received £7.1m in Grant in Aid in 2017-18. It currently employs 160 staff and receives nearly two million visitors a year across the three sites. Admission is free except at the Tower of London, where the Royal Armouries’ museum in the White Tower is within the pay perimeter of Historic Royal Palaces, who manage the site. Importantly, the Royal Armouries is now receiving substantial commercial income: in July 2018, with the financial and other support of H.M. Treasury and the DCMS, the Trustees took ownership of Royal Armouries International (RAI), the catering and events business operating in the museum building and nearby, now managed on its behalf by Levy Restaurants. Combined with income from related assets, this gives the Armouries the prospect of a bright and sustainable future. Building on this, the museum is developing an ambitious and exciting masterplan for the organisation, intended to ensure its sustainability and to transform its public offer, with the complete redisplay of the Leeds museum as a priority.

More information, including the Royal Armouries’ Corporate Plan 2019-24 and the Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 can be found at https://royalarmouries.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Corporate_Plan.pdf and https://royalarmouries.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Royal-Armouries-ARA-2018.pdf

 

  1. The role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Royal Armouries consists of a Chairman and ten Trustees who have statutory duties under Chapter 47 of the National Heritage Act 1983. This states that:

The Board shall perform their functions for the general purpose of maintaining and exhibiting a national collection of arms, armour and associated objects, and of maintaining a record relating to arms and armour at the Tower of London.[1]

The Act states that the Board shall care for the collection, make it available for research, ‘generally promote the public’s enjoyment and understanding of arms and armour…’, and that it will ‘provide education, instruction and advice and carry out research’. As such, the Board of Trustees are responsible for overseeing the affairs of the Royal Armouries and determining its overall strategy. The Trustees’ role also includes actively supporting and encouraging the fundraising activities, supporting the Director-General and Master and the Executive Board in the performance of their duties, and providing specialist advice, derived from members’ individual experience and expertise.

In addition, Trustees:

  • Should have and demonstrate energetic commitment to the Royal Armouries’ stated Purpose, Vision, Aims and Objectives as set out in the Corporate Plan and to upholding its Policies;
  • Be active and positive advocates for the Royal Armouries, representing it to stakeholders such as funders and the education, regional and tourism communities, including local partners in Leeds and the surrounding areas;
  • Will comply with the intentions of Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments: Code of Good Practice 2011[2] in so far as they are relevant to a NDPB and Charity Commission governance rules etc;
  • Will in all respects embody the Seven Principles of Public Life.[3]

[1] National Heritage Act 1983, Chapter 47, Section 18, paragraph 1

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/220645/corporate_governance_good_practice_july2011.pdf

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life–2

 

 

Person Specification

4. Specific skills and expertise

Rather than specifying separate sets of skills required of the three appointees, listed below are those skills and the expertise that we require based on the organisations requirements, and the skills and expertise of existing Board members. Candidates must be able to demonstrate experience in one of the following areas (these may be offered in a range of combinations):

  • A background and successful track-record not confined to the cultural sector, in raising funds for multi-million pound projects, and putting in place the processes and structures to do so,
  • Former or current service as the Commercial or Finance Director of, or a substantial part of, a business of national or international scale and standing
  • A professional background in a business or organisation of national or international standing in marketing and public relations;
  • Expertise and professional involvement in multi-million pound property and estates management or regeneration projects;
  • Experience in the development and implementation of large capital projects, particularly related to cultural destinations.

All successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives and work of the Royal Armouries.
  • Strategic decision-making ability.
  • A commitment to supporting fundraising activity.
  • Excellent communications and representational skills.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team, with experience of collective decision making at a senior level.

An interest in and passion for museums and culture in general and an understanding of the role of a national collection would be an advantage.

Additional Information

The Royal Armouries recognises the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented groups including women, disabled people or BAME.

How to Apply

The process for this public appointment will adhere to the Code of Practice published by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than three sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the requirements set out above, and two monitoring forms (attached) covering your personal information and political activity.

Please ensure these documents are submitted as Word or PDF.

Completed applications should be emailed to publicappointments@culture.gov.uk. If you are unable to email your application please, post a hard copy, to:

Public Appointments

Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport

100 Parliament Street

London

SW1A 2BQ

If you have any questions regarding your application please contact Priya Mistry at priya.mistry@culture.gov.uk. Each application will be assessed against the requirements set out above.

Attachments
RA Ministerial Message
Conflicts-of-Interest-Form
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL (1)
OCPA Complaints Procedure
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