March AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

Can you spare some time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation? If so, the following AIM members would love to hear from you.

 

Charles Dickens Museum (London)

We are looking for up to four new members for the Board, with the ability to think strategically, to review management reports and financial information, to assess and manage risk, and to develop sound forward plans to ensure an exciting and sustainable future for the Museum. Significant experience in at least one of the following areas:

Finance: applicants with accountancy qualifications would be particularly welcome.

Museum collections and curatorial matters.

Retail: helping the Museum to maximise income from its shop, online sales, and café.

Social inclusion: connecting Dickens’s work and writings on social deprivation with modern day issues

Contact details for applicants to find out more:  Cindy Sughrue, Director, Charles Dickens Museum

cindy.sughrue@dickensmuseum.com

Further Information http://dickensmuseum.com/pages/vacancies-at-the-dickens-museum

Museum Website http://dickensmuseum.com

Number of vacancies: 4 meetings per annum/time commitment: 6 meetings and one Away Day

Daytime or evening meetings: afternoon/evening

Closing date: 24 April 2017

 

Wiltshire Museum (Devizes)

The Wiltshire Museum in Devizes has outstanding collections of national and local importance. Run by a charity founded in 1853 we are examining exciting new opportunities and are seeking new trustees to help shape our future. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have skills or experience in marketing, audience development, developing projects or assisting with fundraising. However, if you have other skills that you can offer, then please do get in touch.

Contact details for applicants to find out more: www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/news/index.php?Action=8&id=194&page=0

Museum Website www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk

Number of vacancies: 2 Number of meetings per annum/time commitment: 5 Daytime or evening meetings: Evening

Closing date: 7 April

 

Cogges Heritage Trust (Oxfordshire)

We are looking for someone who: is willing to challenge, brings new ideas and new perceptions to Cogges • has a youthful approach, irrespective of their age • demonstrates entrepreneurial qualities All Trustees must be able to exhibit: • integrity • a commitment to the organisation and its objectives • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee. This includes attending several Board Meetings per year alongside Committee Meetings. A trustee also undertakes tasks linked to projects which are borne out of the Board and Committee Meetings • strategic vision • good, independent judgement • an ability to think creatively • willingness to speak their mind • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team

Museum Website http://www.cogges.org.uk/

Number of Vacancies 2 Number of Meetings 12 Mainly evenings

Contact Details for applicants to find out more:

Richard Munro munro@clara.co.uk Potential trustees are also invited to attend the Private View of Cogges’ Artist in Residence on 31st March 6pm to 8pm

Closing Date

30th April 2017

 

Pen Museum (Birmingham)

Interest in and commitment to the heritage of the Steel Pen Trade and Birmingham more widely • A readiness and ability to play a role in fundraising/development activities • Fair, impartial and open to new ideas Skills • The ability to think creatively and strategically, demonstrating good judgment and analytical ability • Good communication, team-working, and interpersonal skills, demonstrating tact, diplomacy and the ability to build and manage strong relationships and networks • An ability to command respect among local, regional and national stakeholders – acting as an ambassador for the Association. We are looking to recruit new Trustees to join our established board to help steer the organisation through its next exciting phase. We would like to hear from people with strong backgrounds in leadership and development.

Museum Website http://penmuseum.org.uk/

Contact Details Nigel Evans nigel.evans@penmuseum.org.uk

Number of Vacancies 4 Number of Meetings 6 meetings around 2 hours each in the Evening

Closing Date

01 May 2017

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Image: Courtesy of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust

 

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust (Birmingham area)

A Trustee/Hon. Treasurer to maintain an overview of the financial affairs and to prepare for annual audits. We need accountant level support, especially to drive through the transition to more modern software and systems integrated with our growing café, retail and membership/volunteer base. We are a very small charity with minimal staff but loyal volunteers – who ably manage day to day transactions and management, but need help to go ‘cloudwards’. 4 trustee meetings per year, but more time likely to be needed to effect the change.”

Website http://castlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk/

Contact Details

Genmanagercbhgt@gmail.com and Simon Cleaver, Chair of Trustees sjcleaver52@gmail.com

Number of Vacancies 1 Number of Meetings 4 and preparation of accounts etc. Evening Meetings

Closing Date

Open until position filled

 

Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (Somerset)

The Trust is looking for new Trustees too continue and to build upon the work the that has been ongoing for the past 50 years; that of keeping alive the history and importance of the Somerset and Dorset Railway through preservation, custodianship, display and interpretation of material evidence. We are seeking a new generation of Trustees to assist in developing the Trust for the future. All applicants are welcome; we are particularly interested in hearing from those with experience in the following: Development Planning (preferably with some knowledge of HLF funding), Forward Planning, Management of Volunteers (Including Recruitment) and Publicity/Press.

Website http://www.sdrt.org/

Number of Vacancies 4 Number of Meetings 6 Board Daytime Meetings

Contact Details

chairman@sdrt.org Godfrey Baker Tel. 01308 424630 Chairman-Godfrey Baker

Closing Date

ongoing

 

Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections (Hampshire)

Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections is a go-ahead and innovative independent museum in Selborne, north east Hampshire. We were founded by a member of the Oates family to commemorate the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, and Captain Lawrence Oates, the polar explorer, and Frank Oates, who explored in Southern Africa and central America in the late nineteenth century. We offer exhibitions on all three men, and in addition White’s garden, restored to its 18th century designs, and a Field Studies Centre visited by 4000 school children a year. Current visitor numbers are 22,000 and these are expected to grow considerably over the next few years. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we will shortly start the delivery of a £3m project to improve the museum’s facilities and interpretation, and to promote resilience and sustainability for the foreseeable future. We have excellent staff and a committed, specialist and energetic group of trustees. A chartered accountant is sought by Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections to join the trustees with particular responsibility for the oversight of management accounting and the annual final report and accounts. You would be joining a high quality and friendly group of trustees and ideally would need to live within 30 miles of Selborne (postcode GU34 3JH). There are four trustee meetings a year, and four meetings of the Executive and Finance Committee which examines the organisation’s work and finances in detail every quarter. We have excellent staff, including two Co-Directors and a strong accounting team. Our charity business structure is currently being reorganised to reflect modern requirements This role would suit a recently-retired or self-employed individual seeking to join a strong team at the start of a very interesting time.

Website http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/

Number of Vacancies 1 Number of Meetings 8 daytime meetings plus occasional visits

Contact Details Chairman of Trustees, Dr Rosemary Irwin  Emmail: rosemaryshirwin@gmail.com

Closing Date

ongoing

 

Coldharbour Mill Trust (Devon)

We’re looking to recruit trustees with experience and expertise primarily in business/finance management, marketing/PR/events management, fund-raising/income generation, heritage management/museum development, building project management. Also in retail, catering, law, textile production/engineering, education. Established 1982 in an 18th century former spinning mill, this small independent museum relies chiefly on donations, grants and self-generated income from admissions and events. Our USP is that visitors see yarn and textile production on vintage machinery, also the factory’s original power sources. A recent substantive HLF grant kick-started an ambitious long-term Development Plan, aiming to establish our Museum as premier textile heritage centre in SW UK.

Website https://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk/

Number of Vacancies 4 Number of Meetings

12 daytime midweek board meetings approx 2 hours, plus committee/working party meetings as required

Contact Details

For more information or to register interest, please contact Mrs S G Wasfi, Board Secretary, c/o the address given above, or email: sgwasfi@btinternet.com

Closing Date

ongoing

 

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Data Protection and Charities: The new General Data Protection Regulation – Be Prepared

 

Trustees have particular responsibilities for data protection and trustees’ responsibilities are set to increase later this year, with the anticipated launch of a Fundraising Preference Service, following the establishment of the new Fundraising Regulator. Next year, from May 2018, there will be further new regulations, including changes to the way charities and other organisations have to obtain consent for holding personal data from visitors, donors and others they work with.

The following article is particularly relevant to larger organisations with a wide-range of fundraising methods and data-handling responsibilities. AIM will publish additional guidance for smaller organisations later this year, focusing on the elements of changes likely to be most relevant to the relatively simple data-handling processes of most museums.

Jackie Gray, a partner, and Emma Dewar, a solicitor, who specialise in data protection issues at Bond Dickinson LLP, have kindly written the following article for AIM members on ‘Data Protection and Charities: The new General Data Protection Regulation’.  You can find out more about the lawyers at Bond Dickinson LLP who can provide assistance to museums by visiting their website at Bond Dickinson LLP

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Compliance with data protection law has long been an area with which charities have struggled. All charities must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), including eight core data protection principles, when dealing with any personal information about individuals. Trustees must therefore make sure that they have put in place sufficient and suitable internal practices and controls to address the considerable risks that non-compliance creates. This includes enforcement action by the regulator, the Information Commissioner, who has the power to fine organisations up to £500,000 for serious breaches. The recent fines and public castigation of the practices at the RSPCA and British Heart Foundation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in December 2016, are examples of the financial and reputational risks faced by charity trustees who do not ensure that their charity is fully compliant with all aspects of data protection law.

The new Fundraising Regulator

Indeed, it is the non-compliance with aspects of data protection law by some high profile charities which resulted in the fundraising scandals which engulfed the charity sector over the last two years. As a result, we have seen the creation of a new Fundraising Regulator, the creation of new laws and we are anticipating the launch of a Fundraising Preference Service in late spring/summer of 2017. The Fundraising Preference Service will be a system which enables people to stop receiving fundraising material from charities and will work alongside the existing Telephone Preference Service and the Mail Preference Service.

ICO Guidance

The ICO updated its guidance for charities on Direct Marketing in May 2016 (Guidance), which provides a useful overview of the specific rules which apply to the use of personal information for marketing purposes. The ICO has also produced a helpful sector-specific webinar for charities, together with a list of  “Top five data protection Tips”  for small and medium sized charities, which explains how charities can comply with the data protection principles, including only collecting personal information that your charity needs for specific purposes, which are explained to individuals in privacy notices. The Guidance also highlights that personal information needs to be accurate and up to date, securely held, and retained only for as long as is necessary.

Changes to Data Protection Law from May 2018

Before the Brexit vote, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation) was expected to become law in the UK (as it will across the EU) on 25 May 2018, replacing the DPA. As it now appears unlikely that the UK will leave the EU before 2019 at the earliest, the Regulation is expected to come into force as planned. In addition, the Regulation is expected to remain (broadly) in force once the UK leaves the EU, not least so as to ensure that personal data can continue to flow between organisations in the UK and the EU. This is also the view of the ICO, who explained following the Brexit vote, that:

 “…if the UK wants to trade with the Single Market on equal terms we would have to prove ‘adequacy’ – in other words UK data protection standards would have to be equivalent to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation framework starting in 2018. With so many businesses and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial both to businesses and organisations and to consumers and citizens.”

The ICO has also recently made clear that, if Parliament begins to debate making amendments to the Regulation in the years following Brexit, the ICO will be “at the centre of any conversations around this, and will be banging our drum for continued protection and rights for consumers and clear laws for organisations”.

Steps to take to comply with the Regulation

Therefore, museums should ensure they are taking steps, or continuing to take steps to prepare for the Regulation becoming law in May 2018, as planned. In particular, the Regulation will introduce a number of changes to the current law on data protection which charity trustees need to be aware of. We have set out an overview of some of the key changes below that are likely to be relevant to museums.

1: Accountability and increased fines for non-compliance

Under the Regulation, organisations will no longer be required to register with the ICO. Instead, museums will need to keep their own detailed records of their processing activities, including what personal data they process, about whom, for what purposes, the legal basis for the processing, with whom they share personal data, how long they keep personal data, security measures in place to protect personal data and, if they transfer personal data outside of the EEA, on what legal basis. There is also a new accountability principle which will require organisations to demonstrate that they comply with the Regulation. The new Regulation will therefore significantly raise the compliance bar and fines for non-compliance will increase dramatically from the current maximum level of £500,000 to up to a maximum of 4% of annual worldwide turnover or €20,000,000 (whichever is the higher).

2: Consent

 A new definition of “consent” will require consent to be informed, specific, freely given, unambiguous and capable of being withdrawn at any time. Museums will therefore need to consider where they currently rely on consent to justify the processing of personal data and consider whether this is an appropriate basis or if another legal basis is more appropriate. If a museum’s trustees decide that consent is retained as a basis for processing personal data, the museum will need to ensure that the consent will meet the new requirements, keep records which evidence the consent provided and be prepared to deal with situations where consent is not given or withdrawn.

  3: Privacy Notices

 The new Regulation will require very specific information to be given to individuals about how an organisation processes personal data in Privacy Notices. There is also a new legal requirement in the Regulation to ensure that Privacy Notices are concise, transparent, intelligible, easily accessible and written in clear language. Museums are advised to put in place or review and update their Privacy Notices to explain to their trustees, employees, volunteers, customers, donors, friends, patrons and other individuals how and why they process their personal data.

4: Access to Personal Data and Rights of Individuals

 An individual’s  right of access to personal data will be retained but in most cases the museum’s ability to charge a fee will be abolished. In addition, the new Regulation gives individuals a number of additional rights, including the right to be ‘forgotten’ and in certain circumstances the right to restrict processing of personal data.  These rights may impact on how museums collect, use, hold and/or retain personal data, and museums will need to ensure they are aware of what individuals are (and are not) entitled to.

 5: Personal Data Breaches

 Currently, if there is a data security breach, there is no legal requirement on a museum to report this to the ICO although, if the breach is serious, this is recommended good practice. Under the new Regulation it will be a requirement for personal data breaches which are likely to result in risks to individuals, to be reported to the ICO without undue delay and, where feasible, within 72 hours. Where there is a high risk to individuals as a result of the breach, there may also be a requirement to notify the breach to individuals. Museums are advised to consider the adoption of a Security Breach Management Policy which will go some way towards assisting museums meet these requirements.

6: Data Processing Contracts

Where a museum appoints a third party to process personal data on its behalf, such as by outsourcing its IT support or HR and payroll systems, currently it needs to ensure that it has a written contract in place which contains certain provisions to comply with the DPA. Under the new Regulation data processing contracts will need to contain a number of additional provisions and the museum and the data processor will have certain additional responsibilities in relation to the data processing. Museums will therefore need to review and update their data processing contracts to ensure they can meet these new requirements.

How should trustees of museums prepare?

By the time the Regulation comes into force in May 2018, museums will be expected to have carried out staff training and have records, policies and procedures in place which deal with many of the key compliance matters outlined above, including:

*privacy policies;

*updated written data processing contracts;

*processes for dealing with data breaches and assessing when and how to notify; and

*ensuring that any activities involving the processing of personal data reflect and embody the principles of data protection, both “by design” and “by default”.

Given the breadth and depth of the changes to data protection law that are afoot, we recommend that trustees consider whether they need to seek advice in relation to the new Regulation.

Jackie Gray, a partner, and Emma Dewar, a solicitor, who specialise in data protection issues at Bond Dickinson LLP would be more than happy to discuss the ways in which they can help your museum to make and implement the necessary changes to your existing policies and procedures ahead of the Regulation coming into force. If you would like to contact Jackie Gray, please email her at Jackie.Gray@bonddickinson.com

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AIM Member Trustee Vacancies & Roles Sought

Can you spare some time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation or are you seeking new Trustees? If so, the following AIM members would love to hear from you.

Trustee Role Wanted: London and SE area

An AIM member who currently works as a Head of Operations for a nationally recognised historic building is seeking a Trustee role based up to one hours travel distance from London. They are seeking a role in a historic property and have extensive experience in general and retail management in two major blue -chip retailers, as Head of Visitor Services and Operations looking after a team of up to 170 staff and managing a site with over 600,000 visitors per year. Experience in project management, HR management, Change delivery, Programme management, Visitor/ Customer Service. In addition, hold an MA in Heritage Management. They can be available for daytime and evening meetings. If you would like to be put in contact with this person, please email: sassy@aim-museums.co.uk

 

The Hockey Museum – Woking, Surrey

The current board of six Trustees is looking to expand and recruit new Trustees who will bring with them one or more of the following skills sets: Professional museums’ experience to assist with museum development and exhibiting. Business acumen with demonstrable marketing/fundraising led commercial achievements.

Further information on the role: AIM Trustee Adverts

Museum Website: The Hockey Museum – Woking, Surrey

If you would like any further information, please contact Katie Dodd, Chair of Board of Trustees katiedodd@hockeymuseum.net

Please email your expression of interest with a CV to Evelyn Somerville evelyn@somervilleconsulting.freeserve.co.uk .

 

South Kerrier Heritage Trust (Helston Museum) – Helston, Cornwall

Helston Museum is a local history museum, which has been serving the town of Helston and the Lizard District since 1949. The museum is managed by South Kerrier Heritage Trust, (Charity Number 1151834). Following retirements from the Board we are recruiting new Trustees. Our Trustees have important responsibilities, and we are looking for people with the vision to help us realise our future development plans.

Further information on the role: AIM Trustee Adverts

Museum Website: Helston Museum

To find out more about the museum and the role, or for an informal chat, please contact Judith Haycock, Chair of Trustees on 01326 563870 or email jahaycock@hotmail.com

 

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) – Warwick

We are looking for a Treasurer to manage and to operate the Museum’s single account. The role would suit somebody with good organisational skills, common sense and good IT knowledge (especially Excel). No formal accountancy, bookkeeping skills or experience of Sage required. Join us and play an important role in this small independent charity.

Further information on the role: AIM Trustee Adverts

Museum Website: Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum

For more information (a role description is available) or for an informal chat please contact: John Rice, Chairman of the Trustees – Tel: 01926 859291 Email: ajrice43@talktalk.net Stephanie Bennett, Curator – Tel: 01926 491653 Email: rrfmuseum@hotmail.co.uk

 

Glencoe Folk Museum – Glencoe

Trustees are expected to attend meetings in Glencoe on a regular basis, as a minimum. Ability to communicate regularly by email is essential. Trustees supporting and overseeing museum work and projects is encouraged. All applications will be considered on their merits. However, priority will be given to applicants illustrating experience in the following areas: finance; legal; HR; retail; marketing; project management; volunteer management; museum collections management; exhibitions; and learning.

Further information on the role: AIM Trustee Adverts

Museum Website: Glencoe Folk Museum

For more information, or to discuss your application, please contact: Emma Halford-Forbes Curatorial Advisor & Trustee, Glencoe Folk Museum Email: e_halmac@hotmail.com Phone: 07751238872

 

The Stained Glass Museum – Ely

The Stained Glass Museum (1169842) is currently recruiting Trustees to join its governing board. This is a voluntary role. We are looking especially for individuals with professional experience in any of the following areas:  finance, development, business, HR/legal, education, marketing, retail.

Further information on the role: AIM Trustee Adverts

Museum Website: The Stained Glass Museum

To find out more about the Museum, the roles and responsibilities of its Trustees, or for an informal chat, please contact: the Museum Curator, Dr Jasmine Allen, curator@stainedglassmuseum.com, tel: 01353 660355. or Chairman of the Board, Dr Jeffrey West, chairman@stainedglassmuseum.com

 

Dean Heritage Centre – Gloucestershire

A Trustee will need to demonstrate: time and energy to devote to the Dean Heritage Centre, strong personal commitment to Dean Heritage Centre and the charitable aims of the Dean Heritage Museum Trust, high levels of personal credibility and leadership, skills, knowledge and experience that would positively benefit the Trust, in particular, fundraising, charity finance and charity governance, links to relevant networks e.g. business, professional, governmental. A minimum commitment of time averaging two hours per month will needed.  Trust Board meetings will be held monthly, generally held in the evenings between 6-8pm.

Website: Dean Heritage Centre

To apply, please submit an expression of interest outlining how you fit the person specification and why you are interested in being considered to be a Trustee of Dean Heritage Centre.  Expressions of interest can be submitted electronically to mary@deanheritagecentre.com by Friday 10th February.  Invitations to meet the Board will take place on Saturday 4th March.

 

September Trustee Vacancies At AIM Member Museums

Can you spare some time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation? If so, the following AIM members would love to hear from you.

 

York Museums Trust

Number of Vacancies: 2

Number of Meetings: 7

Daytime or Evening Meetings? Mostly evenings

Skills / Experience / Expectations York Museums Trust (YMT) is an independent charity which manages York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, York Art Gallery and York St Mary’s on behalf of the City of York Council which owns the buildings and their designated collections. Since its formation in 2002 YMT has developed into an innovative, energetic and successful organisation responding creatively and positively to a demanding and fast changing environment. The YMT Board led by Professor Sir John Lawton is strong with a broad range of skills and backgrounds. Due to planned retirements, there is a need to recruit new Trustees to join the Board from November 2016. Applications are particularly welcomed from well-connected individuals experienced in some or all of the following sectors: museums (especially collections management and capital projects), finance, digital, fundraising, diversity, and community development / education. Whatever your background, you will have experience of working at a senior level in organisations undergoing change and have an interest in our core areas of activity.

Contact Details More information on the role and York Museums Trust is available here:

York Museums Trust

Closing Date: 30 September 2016

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Photo: ©York Museums Trust

 

 

Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections

Number of Vacancies: 1

Number of Meetings: 8 plus occasional visits

Daytime or Evening Meetings? Daytime

Skills / Experience / Expectations Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections is a go-ahead and innovative independent museum in Selborne, north east Hampshire. We were founded by a member of the Oates family to commemorate the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, and Captain Lawrence Oates, the polar explorer, and Frank Oates, who explored in Southern Africa and central America in the late nineteenth century. We offer exhibitions on all three men, and in addition White’s garden, restored to its 18th century designs, and a Field Studies Centre visited by 4000 school children a year. Current visitor numbers are 22,000 and these are expected to grow considerably over the next few years. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we will shortly start the delivery of a £3m project to improve the museum’s facilities and interpretation, and to promote resilience and sustainability for the foreseeable future. We have excellent staff and a committed, specialist and energetic group of trustees. A chartered accountant is sought by Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections to join the trustees with particular responsibility for the oversight of management accounting and the annual final report and accounts. You would be joining a high quality and friendly group of trustees and ideally would need to live within 30 miles of Selborne (postcode GU34 3JH). There are four trustee meetings a year, and four meetings of the Executive and Finance Committee which examines the organisation’s work and finances in detail every quarter. We have excellent staff, including two Co-Directors and a strong accounting team. Our charity business structure is currently being reorganised to reflect modern requirements This role would suit a recently-retired or self-employed individual seeking to join a strong team at the start of a very interesting time.

Contact Details Chairman of Trustees Dr Rosemary Irwin: rosemaryshirwin@gmail.com

Closing Date: ongoing

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Photo: © Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections

Framework Knitters’ Museum

Number of Vacancies: 5

Number of Meetings: 6

Daytime or Evening Meetings: Evening

Skills / Experience / Expectations:

We are looking for Trustees who have skills and experience in business management, marketing, HR, education, finance, law or ICT. Overall we are interested in individuals who can think strategically, be ambitious, and see the big picture. We meet bi-monthly and offer a full induction to the role. We have working groups for specific tasks, which Trustees may be involved with too. Our plans for expansion of exhibition space, retail and catering are well developed, so this is a truly exciting time to join us. If you’re not sure it’s for you, ring us for a friendly, no commitment chat.

Contact Details: Debbie Read on 07711 118398, or 0116 2701222.

Website: Framework Knitters Museum

Twitter: @FrameKnitter

Closing Date: 01/12/2016

Framework Knitters

Photo: © Framework Knitters’ Museum

 

July Trustee Vacancies At AIM Member Organisations

Can you spare some time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation? If so, the following AIM members would love to hear from you.

 

Birmingham Conservation Trust

Number of vacancies: 4

Number of meetings: 8

Daytime or evening meetings: Daytime

Skills/experience/expectations:

Amongst the trustee roles we seek to fill are treasurer, a chair of the management committee of our multiple-award winning Coffin Works museum, and trustees with fundraising experience.

Contact details:  Please email our Director, Simon Buteux simon@birminghamconservationtrust.org. Simon can also be contacted for an informal chat on 0121 233 4785 or 07973 498013.

Further information about BCT is available on our websites:

www.birminghamconservationtrust.org

www.coffinworks.org

Twitter: @BirminghamCT    @coffinworks

Closing date: 15/07/16

Coffin Works

Photo: courtesy of The Coffin Works

 

The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology

Number of Vacancies: 2

Number of Meetings: 4-5

Daytime or Evening Meetings: mostly evening

Skills / Experience / Expectations:

The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA) is a Scottish Registered Charity (SC018418) that created and runs the Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore, Loch Tay. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, this award-winning attraction features an authentic recreation of a loch-dwelling and showcases life in Scotland’s Iron Age to some 20,000 visitors a year, making a significant contribution to the local economy. Now the Trustees are embarking on an exciting new development phase which includes building a new museum and fieldwork centre. Accordingly, the Board is seeking volunteers with strong skills and proven experience in accounting, financial management and analysis, fundraising and marketing to help take this ambitious project forward.

Contact Details: Ms Barrie Andrian: stua@crannog.co.uk

Website: Scottish Crannog Centre

Twitter: @ScottishCrannog

Closing Date: 31/07/2016

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Photo: courtesy of The Scottish Crannog Centre

 

Ryedale Folk Museum

Number of Vacancies: 3

Number of Meetings: 6

Daytime or Evening Meetings: Evenings with one away day per annum

Skills / Experience / Expectations:

Ryedale Folk Museum is a museum of twenty heritage buildings covering six acres in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. In recent months, the Museum has been undertaking a process of business transformation while retaining its aspirations to be central to the community and including its role as an educational establishment. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with knowledge and skills in the following; professional museum experience, fundraising, primary education, historic buildings, personnel management and commercial expertise (including retail and events).

Contact Details: Jennifer Smith, Director 01751 417367 or trustees@ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk

Website: Ryedale Folk Museum

Twitter: @RyedaleFolk

Closing Date: 31/07/2016

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Photo: courtesy of Ryedale Folk Museum

 

Huguenot Museum

Number of Vacancies: 4

Number of Meetings: 6

Daytime or Evening Meetings: Daytime

Skills / Experience / Expectations:

The Huguenot Museum is the country’s first museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Huguenots, Britain’s first refugees. The Museum explores the story of their persecution in France and flight to Britain, the communities they established, the crafts trades and skills they brought with them to this country and the legacy they left behind. The Museum has an important role in drawing links with Huguenot history and culture and its ongoing relevance today.  The Board seeks new Trustees in order to bring in additional expertise to help the Museum as it enters the next stage on its journey. We are looking for people who will be committed to supporting the Huguenot Museum and can draw on their professional skills and knowledge to offer guidance and in some cases, practical support, to a small staff team. Our new Trustees will be brilliant advocates of the museum, key to enabling the museum to secure support for its activities from a range of donors and stakeholders. We are keen to hear from people from all backgrounds and we are particularly looking for people with substantial experience in any of the following areas:Business, financial and charities management, Fundraising, Museums and education, Retail management, Marketing/media/PR, Local knowledge of Kent and Medway, Arts practitioners

Contact Details: Emily Fuggle, Director, 01634 789 347

Website: Huguenot Museum

Twitter: @huguenotmuseum

Closing Date: 01/08/2016

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Photo: courtesy of The Huguenot Museum

 

Museum of Bath at Work

Number of meetings: 4

Daytime or evening meetings: day

Skills/experience/expectations:

Treasurer, living in the Bath area and able to keep our accounts up-to-date, liaise with the Director on a weekly/fortnightly basis and prepare annual accounts for submission to Companies House and the Charity Commission. Marketing and fundraising roles to work with the Friends, trustees & the Director. The marketing role would be to ensure that we maintain a high profile locally and nationally. The fundraising role would be to develop a strategy for ensuring that we maintain a sound financial position and that funds can be secured for special events. Good communication skills with qualifications & experience is required

Contact details: Trevor Turpin. trevor.turpin@btinternet.com

Website: Museum of Bath at Work

Twitter: @BathAtWork

Closing date: 15/8/16

Museum of Bath at work

Photo: courtesy of Museum of Bath at Work

 

Framework Knitters’ Museum

Number of Vacancies: 5

Number of Meetings: 6

Daytime or Evening Meetings: Evening

Skills / Experience / Expectations:

We are looking for Trustees who have skills and experience in business management, marketing, HR, education, finance, law or ICT. Overall we are interested in individuals who can think strategically, be ambitious, and see the big picture. We meet bi-monthly and offer a full induction to the role. We have working groups for specific tasks, which Trustees may be involved with too. Our plans for expansion of exhibition space, retail and catering are well developed, so this is a truly exciting time to join us. If you’re not sure it’s for you, ring us for a friendly, no commitment chat.

Contact Details: Debbie Read on 07711 118398, or 0116 2701222.

Website: Framework Knitters Museum

Twitter: @FrameKnitter

Closing Date: 01/12/2016

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Photo: courtesy of Framework Knitters’ Museum

Dates for AIM Trustee Seminars Announced

As part of the AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme, AIM is launching a new series of in-depth seminars for trustees of museums, galleries and heritage organisations. These seminars build on the introductory regional workshops for trustees held in March and April and offer greater insight into some of the topics raised by attendees at those events.

All the seminars are free and open to trustees who are members of AIM or come from AIM member organisations. For further information about any of the seminars or to book your place please email: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk

Engaging Board Meetings, led by Anne Murch and Gaby Porter

Manchester, 7th July, 12.30 – 4.30pm or London, 19th October, 11.30 – 3.30pm

Strengthening the Chair/Chief Executive Relationship, led by Hilary Barnard and Ruth Lesirge

London, 15th July, 11.30 – 3.30pm or York, 12th December, 11.30 – 3.30pm

For this seminar, we strongly encourage Chief Executives and Chairs of Trustees to attend as a pair.

Reviewing your Board for Succession Planning, led by Joy Allen of Leading Governance

28th September, Birmingham, 11.30 – 3.30pm or 14th November, London, 11.30 – 3.30pm

There will be more information about all of these seminars in the first edition of the AIM Trustee e-Newsletter, published later this month. To sign up for this free new round up of information, news and opportunities of particular relevance to Trustees, please email: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk or visit www.aim-museums.co.uk

The AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme is supported by Arts Council England and sponsored by Development Partners.

AIM Museum Leaders And Enablers Programmes Get Underway

The AIM Hallmarks learning programmes are due to commence next week, with the first session of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders programme taking place from the 25/26 April in Birmingham, followed by the Enablers programme launch on 9/10 May. Both programmes will help participants to use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums that they lead or work with.

Led by Hilary Barnard and Ruth Lesirge – experienced consultants who bring insight from the broader voluntary sector, with a particular specialism in strengthening leadership and governance – each residential will have at least one speaker to share their experience and offer fresh perspectives. For the first Museum Leaders session, Richard Evans, Director of Beamish Living Museum will be speaking about how a strong sense of organisational purpose guided the changes he has led at Beamish and Janet Barnes, former Chief Executive of York Museums Trust, will be speaking more broadly about her own experience of leadership.

AIM has developed the programmes with a strong emphasis on equipping participants with practical tools that they can use in their daily work and has included a mix of approaches to encourage participants to learn from the broader cultural and charity sector. “What I am most looking forward to being in an environment where experienced facilitators, AIM staff, and other participants are all focused on developing skills to support organisational development,” said Elaine Sansom, the Museum Development Officer for Surrey, East & West Sussex, who is taking part in the Enablers Programme. “It is a real privilege to have this opportunity for intense and applied thinking with such experienced people!”

For Adrian Green, Director of Salisbury Museum, the Leaders Programme will provide the opportunity to learn more about managing change and the critical role of good governance ahead of major redevelopment at the museum. “The project will be about changing the way the museum develops its income, the services it offers and manages its operations,” he explained. “This will be a big leap for the board of trustees, staff and volunteers and I need to ensure I have the skills to manage this process, which will require reviewing the performance of board and staffing structure, understanding more about managing and reviewing risk and setting realistic targets that we can evaluate.”

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A lovely place to learn: Hillscourt, the venue for AIM Hallmarks learning programmes

The programmes have been supported by Arts Council England with additional funding support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and AIM. AIM would like to congratulate all successful candidates taking part in both programmes. They are:

Enablers programme

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 Elaine Sansom – SEWS

Heather Perry – SW (Wiltshire)

Kaye Hardyman – NW

Yvette Shepherd – London

Sarah Spurrier – East Mids

Consultants

Fiona Mitchell Innes

David Bownes

Laura Crossley

Sally Fort

Paddy McNulty

Colin Mulberg

Heather Lomas

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Adrian Green, Director, Salisbury Museum

Alex Patterson, Collections, Galleries & Visitor Experience Manager, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Amanda Hart, Director, Corinium Museum

Bryan Snelling, Chief Executive, Gordon Highlanders Museum

Colin Vallance, Managing Director, Wheal Martyn Trust and Heritage and Environment Director, South West Lakes Trust

Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma, Director, Bentley Priory Museum

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive, the Mary Rose Trust

Isabel Benavides – Heritage and Interpretation Manager, Greenwich Heritage Centre

Jason Semmens – Director, Army Medical Services Museum

Jonathan Morton, Head of Operations, Tate St Ives

Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager, Port Sunlight Village Trust

Mhairi Cross, Chief Executive, National Mining Museum Scotland Trust

Rhiannon Goddard, Palace Programme Sponsor, Historic Royal Palaces

 

There will be a second round of both training programmes in 2017, with applications opening in late 2016. Please subscribe to the AIM E – News  for future updates and announcements. 

You can also follow news and updates from the AIM Hallmarks learning programmes on Twitter using the hashtag #AIMHM and by following @Aimuseums

 

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April Trustee Vacancies at AIM Member Organisations

Can you spare some time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation? If so, the following AIM members would love to hear from you.

 

Organisation: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Location: Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Role(s):  Trustees

Number of vacancies: 2

Closing date: 11.59pm, Monday 2 May 2016

Website: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Number of meetings per annum/time commitment: 4 Board meetings per year plus preparation, plus project-based work (often by email or phone), Museum events when possible.

Board members should understand the issues pertinent to successful governance of a charity; an ability to think strategically and to constructively question and review reports, finances, forward plans, overall objectives, major resourcing issues and potential risks; and have a clear interest in Museum objectives to promote the art of literature and creativity. We are particularly looking for candidates with a background in Human Resources and/or Finance. Catering and Retail experience would be welcome. Board members also gain new experiences and knowledge through working with a group of leaders with backgrounds in museums, publishing, business, theatre, the law and education.

Contact details: If you are interested in being considered for the role of RDMSC Board Member please send a current CV and a short statement outlining what you might bring to the governing body of the Museum for attention of Company Secretary Eunice Wennberg office@roalddahlmuseum.org

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Organisation: The Cynon Valley Trust

Location: Aberdare, south Wales

Role(s): Treasurer

Number of Vacancies: 1

Closing date: 30th April 2016

Website: The Cynon Valley Trust Facebook

The Cynon Valley Museum Trust is in the final stages of negotiations before taking over the Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery in Depot Road, Aberdare, South Wales. The Trust requires a Treasurer with financial and fund raising experience to work with this charity as the plans to re-open the above iconic, accredited venue gathers pace. With an exciting programme being planned the Trust would welcome applications from anyone interested in joining this community venture to keep this unique museum financially sustainable for future generations.

Contact Details:  For more information please contact:
Dinah Pye (Chair – Cynon Valley Museum Trust) on 01685 813318 or please send a CV to dp.ams@sky.com

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Organisation: Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust

Location:  Stotfold, Bedfordshire

Role(s): Trustees

Number of Vacancies: 4

Closing date: 30 April 2016

Website: Stotfold Mill

Stotfold Watermill is run by volunteers. The mill burnt down in 1992 and has been completely restored. It opened to visitors in 2006 and produces quality stone ground flour. We are looking to recruit people with skills in the following areas: business management; strategic development and planning; governance of charities and financial management.

Contact Details: Apply in the first instance by email to enquiries@stotfoldmill.com

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Organisation: The Judge’s Lodging Trust

Location: Presteigne, Powys

Role(s): Chair and a Board of Trustees

Number of Vacancies: 7

Closing date: 30th April 2016

Website: The Judge’s Lodging

The Judge’s Lodging Trust will shortly be acquiring the freehold of the Shire Hall in Presteigne. This will enable us to embark on an exciting new development to realise the potential of the building as a centre for learning and discovery of everyday life and justice in the Welsh Borders. We are seeking to appoint a new Chair and a Board of Trustees with experience in financial management, marketing and fundraising, volunteering and heritage management to work with our newly appointed Development Manager to shape our future and raise our profile.

Contact Details: Sam Hunt at info@judgeslodging.org.uk

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Organisation: British Association of Friends of Museums

Location: Home based

Role(s): Vice Chairpersons

Number of Vacancies: 2

Closing date: 30th April 2016

Website: British Association of Friends of Museums

As positions are home based good telephone and E-mail skills are essential. A good inside knowledge and past experience of working with Friends Groups and Volunteers is desirable in order to understand their priorities and problems. We need two Vice Chairpersons, one will take over the Chairman’s role in October after a six-month introductory period and the other will support the new Chairman and ultimately take the chair at a later date.

Contact Details: Phone or e-mail the incumbent Chairman Bernard Rostron for an informal discussion and a full disclosure of what duties are involved. Alternatively write to 23, Newhouse Crescent, Norden, Rochdale OL11 5RW

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Trustee Position Sought:

London – willing to travel 20-30 miles for right organisation

Are you available for daytime/ evening meetings: Some daytime, mostly evenings

Skills/experience you could offer: Culture change/customer service/people management/media management/operations/visitor experience/security/commercial income generation/stakeholder management/strategic planning

If you would like putting in contact with this person, please email: sassy@aim-museums.co.uk

 

Sharing Experiences & Ideas: AIM Sessions For Heritage Trustees

It was a gloriously warm and sunny day that greeted us in Coventry yesterday for the latest AIM trustee session held at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. The session was the latest in a series of activities that AIM has created as part of the AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme to support trustees from AIM member organisations and across the whole heritage sector.

Funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by Development Partners, the session started with an introduction to the overall AIM Hallmarks by Trainer, Rachel Hunter, who outlined how clearer museum governance can help trustees to understand their collective and individual roles and responsibilities. Alongside the AIM Hallmarks, the AIM Golden Rules for Good Governance featured prominently as a useful guide to best governance practice.

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Session Trainer, Rachel Hunter, has been leading the sessions across England along with Marilyn Scott

Trustees from museums and heritage organisations across the Midlands and South West attended the session and the positive and upbeat atmosphere in the room matched the weather outside as they shared experiences and discovered practical ideas that they could put into place at their own museum. Some of the top tips from the participants included:

*Pose agenda items as questions – to help save time and to help trustees really understand what is needed

*Make time for away days – to give trustees time to think about overall governance and not only the day to day running of the organisation

*Put governance on the agenda – to ensure that it is discussed alongside organisational topics

*Write for digital – amend your annual report for the web and include images to help make a compelling story for your museum

*Advertise your trustee vacancies – if you need more trustees, advertise vacancies if possible. The AIM Trustee Portal is ideal for this

*Make your AGM work for you – use your AGM to meet and greet the public, local stakeholders and to aid transparency

*Keep updated on governance topics – sign up for the new AIM Trustee Newsletter to help stay on top of governance issues

There are still a few AIM trustee sessions left to run, so I asked Rachel Hunter why people should consider attending. “These sessions bring together board members from independent museums of all sizes and allow participants to learn from each other,” she explained. “The sessions give trustees the opportunity to step back and reflect on what they are doing and how they can make positive improvements and changes at their organisation.”

 

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Sharing experiences and exchanging ideas with other trustees gives chance to reflect

Upcoming AIM Trustee Sessions

 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 sign up for the Trustee Newsletter or email: helenw@aim-museums.co.uk

 How To Book

Please download the booking form below and email it back to: emma@aim-museums.co.uk

Booking Form: BOOKING FORM Trustee events 2

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“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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