Chair of the Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board of Trustees

At a glance


  • Financial management
  • Business development
  • General management


Selborne, , GU34 3JH
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? 20


Either in or out of office hours The Chair leads four Board meetings a year but is involved very regularly; contact for further information.

An exciting opportunity has opened up to help lead a new chapter for this historic heritage attraction, following a £3m refurbishment, helping more visitors gain knowledge of the natural world to help ensure its survival.

What will you be doing?

Principal responsibilities


  • Provide strategic leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that Trustees fulfil their responsibilities and operate within its charitable objectives
  • Ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees
  • Ensure that systems are in place to evaluate, manage and mitigate the risks the charity faces
  • Ensure that the Board maintains the sound financial health of the charity, with appropriate financial accountability and to ensure that meetings are well planned and effective 
  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are effective and develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees 
  • Work closely with the Directors to give direction to Board policy-making 
  • Act as an ambassador and spokesperson for the cause and the charity, and represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events

What are we looking for?

Personal Qualities


  • A passionate commitment to the charity and its objectives 
  • Strong leadership and inter personal skills 
  • Comfortable in an ambassadorial role in public
  • Tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
  • Strong networking capabilities 
  • Ability to foster a collaborative working environment 
  • Willing to go the extra mile in committing time to the charity. 




  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career
  • Experience of charity governance and working as part of a Board of Trustees
  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders
  • Significant experience of chairing meetings and events
  • Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues.

What difference will you make?

Following a successful application to Heritage Lottery in 2016, the Museum re-opened in May 2018 after a major £3m rebuild. This includes a new car park, a new café and entrance, a new shop and new galleries and support for additional programmes of activity. The aim of the HLF project has been to give the Museum greater long term sustainability and financial resilience. 

Our ambition is increase the numbers using the museum, either as visitors or as attendees at events and courses. The new Chair has a unique opportunity to help shape the direction of the museum in this new phase. Events such as weddings are proving a growing source of income. We need to widen our appeal to include more of our potential audience. We are well situated geographically - 314,000 people live within 30 minutes drive and 3 million live within 60 minutes drive. We see our unique collection of heritage assets – museum collections, buildings, gardens and parklands – as a springboard, inspiring our visitors to make their own journeys into the natural world.

What's in it for the volunteer?

The team of 25 staff and 100 volunteers at the Museum are highly committed and have achieved great progress recently, particularly with the re-launched areas which have put the museum firmly on the regional map. In return for your commitment, you can be assured a personal sense of satisfaction and the support and encouragement of the team who are excited to welcome the right, enthusiastic individual to the helm.

A few more details

In the Trustees’ view the post is best suited to someone living within 45 minutes travelling time of Selborne. 

Before you apply

The Chair leads four Board meetings a year. The Chair also heads the Executive Committee, which meets quarterly, and to which the Finance Committee and the Fundraising Committee, (chaired by others) report. The Chair also has regular meetings with the co-Directors and represents the charity at various public events and meetings, and in the media. The Chair (and board members) serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. The position is unremunerated.
  • Animals / wildlife
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Gardens and parks
  • Museums / heritage
  • Young people
  • The principal objectives of the Charity are to maintain a visitor attraction —a library, museum and garden - at Gilbert White's House in Selborne and an associated Field Studies Centre.