“Inspiring And Useful”: AIM Hallmarks Governance Sessions For Trustees

AIM has recently introduced a series of special sessions tailored to meet the needs of trustees which are free for trustees from AIM member and non-member galleries, heritage sites and museums. The sessions have been created to give museum and heritage trustees from across the heritage sector in England a chance to reflect, to share experiences with other trustees from different organisations and to inspire and inform their current and future governance strategies.

Funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by Development Partners, the sessions are led by experienced governance experts, Rachel Hunter and Marilyn Scott, who both include case studies and examples of governance issues that they have personally faced as board members or museum staff themselves. These personal insights into governance strategy, vision, purpose and leadership help to illustrate the critical role that trustees play in shaping the heritage sector.

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Yesterday in Exeter, twelve trustees from museums and heritage sites across the south West attended the session held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the session provided a good opportunity for them to meet their peers – as well as the chance to meet AIM staff face to face and to ask any questions relating to the overall AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme.

“The session was very well and efficiently run,” said Colin Vosper, a Trustee at Torquay Museum. “This was a very useful event and I met some interesting people too. The session also highlighted the value of ‘away days’ to divorce trustees from the workplace to for allow blue-sky thinking; plus the importance of succession planning with a regular rotation of trustees. I would thoroughly recommend these sessions to other heritage sector trustees.”

Please encourage your trustees to attend these sessions if possible and to sign up for the new AIM Trustee Newsletter.

You can book free places by downloading the booking form: booking-form-trustee-events-2 and returning it via email to: emma@aim-museums.co.uk

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Upcoming dates/venues for the Trustee Sessions


The Bar Convent, York – 13 April 2016

17 Blossom St, York YO24 1AQ

Website: The Bar Convent

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included


The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry – 14 April 2016

Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP

Website: The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included


Seven Stories, Newcastle – 18 April 2016

Lime St, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

Website: Seven Stories

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included


Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham – 19 April 2016

High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

Website: Galleries of Justice Museum

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included


Hughes Hall, Cambridge – 20 April 2016

Wollaston Rd, Cambridge CB1 2EW

Website: Hughes Hall

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included

Throughout this year and next, AIM will also be launching other new initiatives to support Trustees including workshops, a dedicated governance newsletter and board development programmes. If you would like to keep informed about these exciting new schemes, please email: helenw@aim-museums.co.uk

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