Royal Museums Greenwich - Trustees x 3

Body: DCMS
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: 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: Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The Board of Trustees meets six times a year. These Board meetings generally take place over a morning but are sometimes arranged over an afternoon. In addition to the Board meetings, Trustees need to have sufficient time resources to be a member of one of the Trustee Committees which meet for a morning from two to four times a year, attend a number of evening or day events at the Museum (up to one per month), study papers ahead of meetings 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 Dr Fiona Butcher, Professor Julian Dowdeswell and Dr Helen Czerski respectively, as Legal, Academic and Astronomer Trustees of the Royal Museums Greenwich, each for a term of four years starting from 03 September 2018.

Date: 24/09/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/03/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    24/09/2018 at 12:00


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 appoint, with the approval of the Prime Minister, the Director;
4. Monitor and oversee the work of the Director and the Executive;
5. Ensure that high standards of corporate governance and risk management are observed at all times and that effective controls are in place;
6. 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 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

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’s 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, for the Academic appointment:
7. a comprehensive and demonstrable record of success in the academic sphere
at national level
8. an understanding of the particular impact of Britain’s maritime past on its economic, cultural, social, and political history and its consequences in the world today
9. evidence of leadership in knowledge transfer from the academy to creative and cultural industries – embracing both the digital sector and the public presentation/interpretation of scholarly research in museums and galleries
10. the ability to influence and persuade external partners to contribute funding and other support to the development of the Museum's programmes.


In addition, for the Legal appointment:
7. a comprehensive and demonstrable record of success in the legal sphere
8. an understanding of the law relating to charitable institutions


In addition, for the Astronomer appointment:
7. a comprehensive and demonstrable record of success in the field of historical and/or contemporary astronomy at national, if not international, level
8. a personal profile and network within the field of science, science communication (emphasising via digital means) and/or astronomy
9. evidence of the capability of engaging actively with key stakeholders in the astronomy/science field

10. interest in and knowledge of learning and interpretation within the context of formal learning and general public engagement
11. the ability to influence and persuade external partners to contribute funding and other support to the development of the Museum’s programmes

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 2016–17 welcomed some 2.41 million visits from Britain and around the world and 4.3 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. In 2016–17 the Museum had an annual income of some £123 million (including donated gifts of £73.5m and capital grants of £22.6m) and a staff of 500 full-time equivalents, under the Board of Trustees, the Director, and an Executive. The Museum’s total revenue income in 2016–17 of £26.8m constituted £13m
(49%) from its self-engendered trading activity, donations and sponsorship; and £13.8m (51%) of funding from the taxpayer via Grant-in- Aid through the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Royal Museums Greenwich works to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain’s role in world history.

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

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