Victoria and Albert Museum Trustees x 4

Body: Victoria and Albert Museum
Appointing Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sectors: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board meetings are usually held at The V&A in South Kensington, London; however, there is an annual away day for Trustees which may be held outside London.
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: No
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.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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

The V&A houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects which 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


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following abilities and attributes:

  • An understanding of and an enthusiasm for the objectives and work of the V&A;
  • The ability to contribute at Board level regarding current and future initiatives, within the context of the V&A’s overall strategy;
  • The ability to work constructively with others in a governance or committee role;
  • Excellent communication and ambassadorial skills;
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.


Additional Criteria

In addition to the essential criteria outlined above, candidates for individual trustee roles should also be able to demonstrate additional criteria:


Creative Industries – 1 Trustee

  • Be a leader in the field of the creative industries, particularly in the areas of design, digital technology, craft or fashion;
  • The ability to demonstrate access to international networks would be advantageous;
  • An interest in education in the fields of art, design and technology would be advantageous.


Cultural Heritage/Museum and Galleries specialist– 1 Trustee

  • Be a leader or former leader in the fields of cultural heritage or museums and galleries;
  • An understanding of the challenges facing national museums, with regards to collections management, public access, and ‘soft power’;
  • The ability to demonstrate significant national or international standing.


Business– 1 Trustee

  • Be a leader in the field of business and commerce;
  • The ability to demonstrate access to international networks would be advantageous;
  • Familiarity in dealing with the financial and management challenges of operating a significant and profit-generating commercial undertaking;
  • Experience in retail, publishing, digital, and/or online-business would be advantageous.


Development – 1 Trustee

  • An understanding of the need to raise private, commercial and philanthropic support for the museum;
  • The ability to support creatively fundraising initiatives for capital projects and endowments;Strong international networks at senior level.


Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL
COI Guidance - Charitable Museums and Galleries
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
V&A SoS Letter
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