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Appointment of trustees 

Memorable experiences - for everyone - challenging expectations

We are at an exciting moment in our history. Last year’s success has shown what we can achieve. We aim to build on that success year-on-year in terms of our visitor figures and commercial business without losing sight of what makes us unique; our eight different museums, each providing different experiences to different audiences, but combining overall to create memorable experiences for everyone whilst challenging expectations.

The National Museums Liverpool Board of Trustees

Our wide ranging collections and work is overseen by management and the Board of Trustees. The chief role of trustees is to assist the Chair, Sir David Henshaw, in meeting the Board’s overall responsibilities in accordance with the guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Trustees provide leadership, guidance and expertise on NML’s strategy and monitor its practical implementation.

Number and type of trustees required

We want the membership of the Board to be representative of the diverse populations we serve. We welcome applications from everyone that feels that their knowledge, skills and experience match the essential requirements listed below and that we would benefit from their expertise and enthusiasm.

For both Category A and B trustee positions we are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate the following essential requirements;

  • a passion for museums and galleries and/or a passion for Liverpool and the north west and a desire to support and develop a major cultural organisation there;
  • an understanding of the work of National Museums Liverpool, especially as the only national museum service outside London;
  • an understanding of operating strategically at board level, working constructively with fellow board members, wider stakeholders and executive management;
  • 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.

We are looking to recruit between eight and ten new members to our Board across a broad spectrum of skills and experience but we will be flexible depending upon the applications we receive. You are welcome to apply for more than one role:

Category A

  • Up to four general trustees.  

Category B

  • Up to two finance trustees: for these roles we are looking for someone with senior/executive financial experience, preferably within a charitable/public sector, and with an accountancy qualification. At least one trustee will join the Finance Committee, and one will join the Audit Committee.
  • One commercial trustee: for this role we are looking for someone with senior/executive commercial experience, particularly in high street and/or online retail (shops, cafes and restaurants) and/or licensing and publications. Expertise in managing commercial growth strategies and implementation would also be an advantage.
  • One estate management/ property trustee: for this role we are looking for someone with experience of managing an historic estate and the need for this to be adapted and used efficiently in a modern context, while protecting each venue’s individual character, historic nature, and heritage value.
  • One marketing trustee: for this role we are looking for someone with experience of strategic marketing, including advocacy, audience development, and digital media.
  • One human resources/transformational management trustee: for this role we are looking for someone with proven HR experience, and, in particular, experience of transformational management in relation to the culture and behavioural aspects of an organisation.
  • One fundraising trustee: for this role we are looking for someone with experience of developing and maintaining high-value relationships and growing the size and diversity of philanthropic income generation in a charity.
  • One cultural or heritage sector trustee: for this role we are looking for someone with experience and extensive connections in the UK arts/culture/heritage/tourism sectors.

Appointment process and how to apply

The process for this public appointment will adhere to the Code of Practice published by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Find out more and apply on the HM Government Public Appointments webpage.