Vacancy: 4 Trustee Positions at Collections Trust

July 18th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Board

The Collections Trust is an independent not-for-profit organisation working in the UK and internationally to promote excellence and innovation in Collections Management and positively champion collections and their public value within the museum, arts & related heritage sectors. The Collections Trust works with approximately 20,000 museums and heritage organisations worldwide, and is funded through a combination of trading activity, grant-in-aid from the Arts Council England and programme support through the European Commission.

We are now seeking to appoint up to four new Trustees to join our skills-based Board and to support the strategic leadership of this dynamic organisation as it moves into the next phase of its development.

Trustees are usually senior figures from the public and private sector with experience in one or more of the Collections Trust’s main areas of activity. We would normally expect Trustees to have experience at a governance level in a similar charitable organisation prior to joining the Board.

Trustees are expected to:

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation
  • Champion the organisation through their networks and contacts
  • Ensure the highest standards of probity and good governance

Membership of the Board is by election through the existing Trustees, who are also the voting members of the Charity. Trusteeship lasts for a period of 3 years, after which it can be renewed for one further term, to a total of 6 years. The position of Board member is unpaid. Reasonable expenses incurred in the pursuit of Board business will be covered.


Reflecting our Strategic Plan for 2012-14, we are seeking to appoint against the following profiles:

  • A senior figure with experience at a strategic/policy level within the Arts or Creative Industries
  • A senior figure (director level or above) with experience in corporate/private finance
  • A senior figure (director level or above) with experience in a UK National museum context
  • A senior figure (partner level) within a legal firm with experience in UK cultural property or IP legislation


The Collections Trust Board meets four times annual, coinciding with the quarters of its Financial Year (June, September, December, March). Meetings are usually held in Central London between 11.00 and 14.00. Papers are issued in advance and the majority of Board business is transacted at the Board meeting.

In addition to membership of the Board, Trustees may be invited to join the Audit Committee, which meets twice annually (in advance of the June and December meetings).

For further information, you can download a copy of the Job Description for Collections Trust Board Members.


Applicants are asked to write to Margaret Greeves, Chair of the Board of Trustees c/o by 17.00 on Friday, 17th August with a covering letter and brief personal statement detailing your interest in the position, your relevant skills and experience and any other information that is pertinent to your application.


Applicants meeting the above profiles will be invited to join a Committee of the Trustees for a discussion about their candidacy, their interest in the Collections Trust and the specific values they can bring to the organisation.

The Collections Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer, and is committed to transparency and best practice in our governance. Applications and interviews will be held in confidence.

Current membership

The current membership of the Board (correct at July 2012) is:

  • Margaret Greeves (Chair)
  • Mr Bill Thompson, BBC
  • Mr Oliver Morley, National Archives
  • Dr Suzanne Keene, University College London*
  • Mr Gareth Salway, Bristol City Museums & Gallery*
  • Mr Jack Gilbert, independent*
  • Ms Janet Vitmayer, Horniman Museum & Gardens
  • Mr Simon Cane, Birmingham City Museum and Gallery
  • Ms Jane Carmichael, National Museums Scotland
  • Mr David Howarth, Clare College, Cambridge
  • Mr Richard Ferguson, National Maritime Museum*

* Due to rotate off the Board in September 2012

Further enquiries

For an informal discussion of the Collections Trust’s work and the benefits of membership of the Collections Trust Board, please contact Margaret Greeves at


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