National Museums Liverpool – Six Trustee Vacancies

Deadline 14 September 2015

National Museums Liverpool
Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sectors: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Liverpool
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: In addition to attending 5 Board meetings per year, Trustees may be asked to join a Trustee Committee and this would require a total time commitment of up to ten days a year.
Closing Date: 14/09/2015 at 12:00
Interviews: November 2015

Vacancy Description

National Museums Liverpool (NML) is the only national museum service in England based wholly outside London. It manages a number of internationally recognised museums and art galleries, which between them attract more than 2.7 million visitors per year. The range of the collections is immense, including archaeology, fine and decorative art, science, natural history, social history and slavery. Reflecting this, approximately 50% of NML’s visitors come from outside Merseyside

NML is an innovative museum service, and its priority is to manage museums that are both professional and popular, with diverse audiences. It is acutely aware of its social responsibility to deliver a vibrant museum service that is used widely and valued highly.

The main venues are:

  •     World Museum (founded 1851, opened 1860/1, known as Liverpool Museum until 2005)
  •     Walker Art Gallery (opened 1877)
  •     Lady Lever Art Gallery (opened 1922)
  •     Sudley House (built early 19th century)
  •     Merseyside Maritime Museum (opened 1980. Also home to Seized!, the national museum of the UK Border Force)
  •     International Slavery Museum (opened 2007)
  •     Museum of Liverpool (opened 2011)

National Museums Liverpool is an exempt charity by virtue of Schedule 2 to the Charities Act 1993. It receives grant of £18.9m a year from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It generates income from a number of sources, employs over 500 people and operates shops, cafés and conference services through NML Trading Ltd.

For more information please visit the NML website:

The NML Board of Trustees
NML’s wide ranging collections and active outreach work programme are overseen by its management and Board of Trustees. The chief role of Trustees is to assist the Chair in meeting the Board’s overall responsibilities under the Charities Act and in accordance with the guidance issued by the Secretary of State.  Trustees offer guidance and expertise on NML’s strategy and its practical implementation.

Person Specification
We welcome applications from those with relevant background and experience, both nationally and locally, and wherever resident in the UK. We shall also be seeking to complement the current balance of the Board.

General Trustee
Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of National Museums Liverpool’s work; as the only national museum service outside London;
  • an  understanding of operating at board level, working constructively with fellow board members and wider stakeholders;
  • an understanding of the potential opportunities for shared service provision and partnerships, particularly working alongside education and health organisations;
  • an understanding of both the role cultural venues can play and the potential opportunities for delivering economic growth to the region; and
  • a willingness to sit on or lead Trustee Committees.

Additionally, we are particularly looking for candidates who can demonstrate the criteria listed above and have recent experience in any of the following areas:

  •  Commercial – for two vacancies we are looking for people with commercial experience, particularly in the development of online sales, to help guide NML’s range of activities, whether cakes across the counter, apps across the internet, or simply information on podcasts.
  • Legal – for one vacancy we are looking for someone with current expertise in employment and/or commercial law, together with an understanding of how commercial activity needs to interface with the demands of public spending regimes.
  • Architectural – for this role we are looking for someone in current practice, or with architectural experience, to help develop a strategy for the future use and maintenance of the historic buildings in NML’s estate.
  • Estate Management – for this role we are looking for someone with an understanding of how historic estates need to be adapted and used efficiently in a modern context, while protecting each venues individual character, historic nature, and heritage value.

Additional Information

It is intended that interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in Liverpool.

Your response will be anonymous and will inform the Commissioner’s ongoing work with Government Departments to improve the public appointments process.

How to Apply
See details and downloads on the Public Appointments website