Treasurer - Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Body: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Location Board of Trustees meetings are held 4 times a year, with most meetings held in south Wales. The Treasurer’s activities will usually be concentrated in the Cardiff area, but he/she will be required to visit other National Museums and other locations.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role of Treasurer is not a paid role. However, the appointed candidate will be eligible to claim travel and subsistence costs (as agreed by Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.
Time Requirements: 1 day per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    22/11/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    02/01/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift

    TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    01/03/2019

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

  • Carol Bell Added 23/11/2018

    Panel Chair

    Vice-President, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

The 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.

 

Amgueddfa Cymru is a registered charity and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body.  Trustees 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 2018-19) from the Welsh Government, as Grant in Aid.

The Role of Treasurer

The role of the Treasurer is established in the Royal Charter and Statutes: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/media/4413/Bi-lingual_Royal_Charter.pdf

 

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of a Trustee, the Treasurer is regarded as the lead Trustee on all the financial issues of the Museum. This includes:

 

Performance Review Committee

The Treasurer is the Chair of this committee. It:

  • Monitors its Terms of Reference and makes recommendations to the Board for any changes. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitoring the Museum’s activities against the annual Operational Plan and detailed financial budget
  • Reviewing the preparation of the Annual Accounts, in conjunction with the Audit Committee, and approves the signing of the Annual Accounts on behalf of the Trustee
  • Making recommendations and provides advice in respect of the Museum’s Pension Scheme
  • Appraises capital projects on an ongoing basis
  • Review as requested by the Board any major policy area
  • Monitors the management of the private funds held by the Museum.

 

Other Standing Committees

The Treasurer is also an ex officio member of all of the other main committees of the board

 

Audit Committee

This Chair of the Committee is currently a Trustee of the Board. The Committee includes up to four other independent members.

 

Appointments and Remuneration Committee

The Treasurer is a member of this committee, which meets to determine the annual salary and performance of the Director General and oversees the appointment process for trustees.

 

NMGW Enterprise Ltd

The Treasurer attends the meetings of the Museum’s Enterprise Company, which manages its commercial operations, including at present retailing, catering, car parking and corporate hire.

 

Pension Fund Trustees

The Treasurer attends the meetings of the Museum’s Pension Fund Trustees.

 

NWMS Ltd

The Treasurer may also be appointed as a Director of the National Waterfront Museum Swansea Limited, a joint venture with the City & County of Swansea, in providing governance to the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

 

Non-Executive nature of the role

The Treasurer’s role is not an executive position.  The Director of Finance and Corporate Resources undertakes all the executive responsibilities in support of the Director General who is formally designated as the Accounting Officer and personally responsible to both Board and the Welsh Government for the propriety and efficient use of all the Museum’s resources.  However, the Treasurer works closely with both officers, offering advice as need be, clarifying issues of which he/she determines the Board needs to be advised and being constantly mindful of the collective responsibilities of the trustees in financial matters.

Person Specification

As a Treasurer you will help determine policy, strategies and priorities in the Museum’s core activities.  You should be able to draw on your own knowledge, skills and experience to provide evidence of your abilities in a range of the following areas:

  • a commitment and enthusiasm for the Museum’s work in supporting change and development in Wales through cultural participation;
  • an understanding and interest in the cultural sector as a whole and a sensitivity on cultural issues;
  • excellent representational and communication skills;
  • ability to work in a collegiate manner with fellow Trustees;
  • management experience and/or a business, institutional, administrative or other context, with an appreciation of the distinction between the executive and non-executive functions;
  • a commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices when appropriate.

 

Essential Criteria

Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • a commitment to the values and the Vision of Amgueddfa Cymru and an appreciation of its role and purpose as a national institution in Wales; including the cultural, learning, health and well-being, economic and socio-political contexts in which it operates, as well as understanding its obligations under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015;
  • an ability to enhance the Museum’s role in serving and representing the diverse communities and regions of Wales;
  • a working knowledge of financial management and accounting systems and processes, preferably within the public sector;
  • a commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life.

 

Welsh Language Skills – Desirable
The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Additional Information

Eligibility

Applicants should be persons who conduct themselves at all times in a manner which will maintain public confidence

In particular, applicants are required to declare whether they are aware of anything in their private or professional life that would be an embarrassment to themselves or to the Welsh Government if it became known in the event of appointment.

Information about the eligibility of current or former Trustees to apply for positions on the Board is included in Amgueddfa Cymru’s Royal Charter.  https://museum.wales/charter-and-statutes/

Trustees are not eligible to serve on the Board for more than 8 consecutive years in the same role, and 12 consecutive years in total (in any combination of different roles as a Trustee and as an Officer; e.g. Treasurer, Vice President or President). Former Trustees may apply for appointment, provided that they last served as a Trustee more than 4 years ago.

Applicants should also note that being a member of the Board of Trustees of Amgueddfa Cymru is a disqualifying post for membership of the National Assembly for Wales under the National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) order 2015. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1536/contents/made

Conflict of Interests

You will be asked to declare any private interests which may, or may be perceived to, conflict with the role and responsibilities as President of Amgueddfa Cymru, including any business interests and positions of authority outside of the role in Amgueddfa Cymru.

Any conflicts of interest will be explored at interview.  If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on a register which is available to the public.

Standards in Public Life

You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies; you can access this document at:

http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/governance/blboard/Board%20Code%20of%20Practice%202011.pdf

Contacts:

For further information regarding the role of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales contact: Elaine Cabuts (Email: elaine.cabuts@museumwales.ac.uk Tel: 02920 573204)

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please email publicappointments@gov.wales

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government e-Recruitment Centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on 03000 616095 or PublicAppointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments

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