Chair of Trustees

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Organisation: Museum of Cambridge

Location Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0AQ
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit n/a
Application deadline 24 Aug 2017
Opportunity type Trustee/Governor
Reference number J55486

Opportunity description

The Museum of Cambridge is seeking a new Chair for our Board of Trustees, to take us through a transformational period of reorganisation and consolidation, leading to a resilient museum

The role

The Museum of Cambridge is a place where people can discover, engage with and celebrate the many and diverse stories of our city, the surrounding areas and the people who live there.

The Chair provides effective leadership for the board as it fulfils its governance duties and responsibilities toward the organisation including:


  • Chairing Trustees Meetings and Executive Committee Meetings;
  • Ensuring adherence to the mission, vision, values, strategy and governance of the Museum;
  • Monitoring the Museum’s performance against established targets;
  • Addressing conflict within the organisation at all and any levels;
  • Leading the process of appraising the performance of the Manager;
  • Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels;
  • Lead on trustee recruitment, induction and training;
  • Lead on assessment and improvement of organisation’s governance and Board performance.


In addition, the chair will assist the Manager in:


  • Planning the annual cycle of board meetings;
  • Setting agendas for board meetings;
  • Monitoring that decisions taken at meetings are implemented;
  • Representing the organisation at functions, meetings;
  • Liaising with the Manager to develop the board of trustees.
  • The vice-chair acts for the chair when the chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the chair.

We would particularly welcome applications from women, younger candidates and those from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 24 August 2017

Required skills

  • General management
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Change management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning

Person description

As a dynamic, motivated and committed leader and manager, with previous experience of enhancing and strengthening charitable organisations through well-balanced and sustainable income generation. You will also have:


  • Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
  • Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.

What impact the opportunity will have

You will help to expand our range of skills and build our knowledge as we take the Museum through the next planning cycle and beyond.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You will join our nine-strong Board of Trustees as we embark on the challenge to restructure the Museum of Cambridge for the future.

Time commitment

Either in or out of office hours

There are about 20 meetings per year; it is anticipated that the equivalent of 1 day per week will be required to fulfil this exciting volunteer role.

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