Royal Museums Greenwich - Chair of Audit Committee

Body: Royal Museums Greenwich
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Usually at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, though some outstation meetings may be held during the year and some advocacy events may take place in London or elsewhere.
Skills required: Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The position is not salaried but reasonable expenses are paid.
Time Requirements: The Board of Trustees meets six times a year. There are four quarterly Board meetings which run from 0930 to 1300 and once a year there is an all-day meeting with a Board governance session in the morning and a strategy session in the afternoon. Papers will need to be studied ahead of the meetings. In addition to Trustee Board meetings the Chair of the Audit Committee will need to have sufficient time resources to: Chair the Audit Committee which meets three times a year from 0930 to 1200, attend occasional evening or day advocacy events at the Museum (up to 6 per year) and attend an induction programme lasting a day at the Museum.


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

The Prime Minister has appointed Alastair Marsh as Audit and Risk Trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich for a term of four years commencing on 3 December 2018.

Date: 08/01/2019

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    12/09/2018 at 12:00

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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The corporate responsibilities of Trustees as Board members are to:

1. Ensure that the Museum fulfils the duties and objectives set out in legislation and governing documents;
2. Ensure that the Museum complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public and other funds;
3. Provide overall leadership and establish the overall strategic direction of the Museum
4. Appoint, with the approval of the Prime Minister, the Director;
5. Monitor and oversee the work of the Director and the Executive;
6. Ensure that high standards of corporate governance and risk management are observed at all times and that effective controls are in place;
7. Publish an Annual Report and Accounts which is audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Individual Trustees also have wider responsibility as members of the Board to:

1. Comply at all times with the Code of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies that is adopted by the National Maritime Museum and with the rules relating to the use of public funds, Managing Public Money, and to conflicts of interest;
2. Understand and uphold the Seven Nolan Principles of Public Life. In accordance with this commitment, Trustees must declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests upon appointment and whenever a matter or decision arises in which the Trustee has an interest which might be perceived to prejudice their views or comments or to be in conflict with the interests of the Museum;
3. Act in accordance with the requirements of Charity law.

Person Specification

Specific qualities and abilities required

All Trustees are expected to be able to demonstrate:

1. Interest in, and commitment to, the future of the Museum, its collections, its subjects and its values;
2. The ability to take responsibility and demonstrate sound judgement in strategic decision making;
3. An understanding of the principles of corporate governance in the public or charitable sector;
4. Good communication and teamwork skills and the ability to represent the Museum in the public realm;
5. The ability to engage with the museum and key stakeholders – from the visiting public to central government and other funding bodies and a commitment to supporting the Museum’s fundraising activities.

In addition and specifically required for the role of Chair of the Audit Committee:

6. A comprehensive record of success in finance/commerce with, preferably but not essentially, an accountancy qualification; and senior experience of the work of Audit Committees, in the private and/or public sector;
7. Experience of working with external auditors and, preferably but not essentially, experience of working with the National Audit Office.

Additional Information

The National Maritime Museum was founded by Act of Parliament in 1934. It is the largest maritime museum in the world and it now includes the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory and the clipper ship Cutty Sark. The collective brand name for the four sites is Royal Museums Greenwich. The four sites are open 362 days a year and in 2017–18 welcomed some 2.56 million visits from Britain and around the world and 4.4 million visits to its website

By the 1934 Act the Board of Trustees of the National Maritime Museum is a statutory corporation and an exempt charity. For management purposes the Museum is classed as an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body. It has a staff of 500 full-time equivalents, under the Board of Trustees, the Director, and an Executive.

The Museum’s total revenue income in 2017–18 of £27.3m constituted £13.5m from its self- engendered trading activity, donations and sponsorship; and £13.8m of funding from the taxpayer via Grant-in-Aid through the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport.


Entry to the national maritime collection is free. Admission charges are made for special exhibitions, the Peter Harrison Planetarium, the Greenwich Meridian Line and the Time Galleries, and Cutty Sark. Royal Museums Greenwich works to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain’s role in world history. Please see the Museum’s website for more information.

How to Apply

All candidates must submit a letter of application demonstrating how they meet the requirements for the role, together with a CV, Monitoring Information (Parts 1 and 2), and Declaration of Interests form. The letter of application should fully address the specific appointment criteria for the role you are applying for, as set out in the person specification.
You should also complete the three monitoring forms concerning your personal information and political activity, and the declaration of interests form. Completed applications should be sent to: – please put Royal Museums Greenwich in the subject line.

If you have any questions about the appointments process please contact Priya Mistry, Public Appointments Adviser, on 020 7211 6402 or via email


If you have any questions about the role please contact Christopher Gray, Museum Secretary, Royal Museums Greenwich, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF on 020 8312 6637 or via email

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews


DCMS promotes equal opportunities. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments areregulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status,disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependants.

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