Trustee - Victoria and Albert Museum

Body: Victoria and Albert Museum
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board meetings are usually held at The V&A in South Kensington. However, there is an annual away day for Trustees which may be held outside London.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post is unpaid but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, subject to the V&A’s expenses policy.
Time Requirements: The role involves attending six Board meetings per year, and an annual away day. Trustees usually serve on Sub Committees of the Board, which meet between five and eight times a year. Additional time would be required to study papers and attend events at the Museum. From time to time, Trustees may be called upon to provide ad hoc advice.


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

The Prime Minister has appointed Kavita Puri as a trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum for a period of 4 years commencing 2 July 2018.

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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint one new Trustee to the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). This is an exciting opportunity to use your skills to benefit the world’s leading museum of art and design.

The Role of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the V&A is the statutory body which is responsible for the Museum and its collections under the terms of the National Heritage Act 1983. The main functions of the Board are:

  • To care for, preserve and add to the objects in the collections.
  • To secure that the objects are exhibited to the public.
  • To secure that the objects are available to persons seeking to inspect them in connection with study or research.
  • To generally promote the public’s enjoyment and understanding of art, craft and design, both by means of the Board’s collections and by such means as they consider appropriate.

Further information about the V&A Board can be found on the website: V&A Current Trustees 

Person Specification

The V&A and DCMS encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds who have the ability to make effective contributions to the Board.

The V&A is looking for an individual with a prominent and respected reputation in the field of the creative industries, with a knowledge and understanding of non-western cultural and artistic heritage, to fill a vacancy on its Board.  The candidate should be able to demonstrate the following abilities and attributes:

  • Be a leader in the field of the creative industries, particularly in the areas of design, architecture or performing arts
  • The ability to contribute at Board level regarding current and future initiatives such as capital projects and international partnerships, within the context of the V&A’s overall strategy.
  • The ability to work constructively with others in a governance or committee role.
  • Excellent communications and ambassadorial skills.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.

Additional Information

About the Victoria & Albert Museum

As the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, the V&A houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

The V&A is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and is a charity exempt from registration under the Charities Act of 1993. It operates at arm’s length from the Government and is governed by a board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister.

The V&A receives Grant-In-Aid funding from Parliament, provided through DCMS, but also generates a significant proportion of its own income.

Further information about the V&A (including the Museum’s Mission Statement) can be found on its website at


How to Apply

Applications should be made by submitting a CV of no more than two pages setting out details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards; accompanied by a supporting statement, also of up to two pages which sets out how you meet the essential criteria of the role.

You should also complete the conflict of interest, political activity/diversity monitoring information, which will be kept separately from the main form and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Please return your completed applications to: and put ‘Victoria and Albert Museum’ in the subject line.

If you have any questions about the Public Appointments Process please contact:

Patrick Driscoll, Public Appointments Adviser, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


DCMS promotes an equal opportunities policy. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments are regulated by 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 dependents. More details, including the regulations that appointing bodies are required to follow, are available at the OCPA website:

These vacancies are being advertised externally in the media, on the V&A’s website, on the DCMS website and the Public Appointments website in order to reach as diverse an audience as possible.

The Law places certain restrictions on becoming a charity trustee. These are set out in Section 3.1 of the Charity Commission Essential Trustee Guidance:

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