Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Strategic mentoring / coaching
  • Advice / Advocacy


Barking, IG11 9SN
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Remote and East London.Monthly board meetings are held online.Occasional attendance in-person.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
8-16 hours per month


29 Jul 2024

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Welcome to Reach Volunteering. We are a community and registered charity that connects people, skills and good causes.

To apply for this role, and any other on our platform, you need to be based in the UK, have at least three years of experience using the skills you wish to volunteer in a professional capacity or have lived experience (for trustee roles). Read more about our criteria.

Are you passionate about putting women’s voice’s centre stage? Do you believe that women’s stories, past and present, have the power to challenge gender inequality? 

What will you be doing?

Who are we?

We are England’s first women’s museum. Our story began in 2015 as a positive protest and since then we have created pop-up events and exhibitions exploring the rich social, political and cultural history of East End women. We have a proudly community-centred ethos, and have worked collaboratively with a range of brilliant partners and volunteers.

In 2018 we began working to develop a permanent base for our museum at a site in Barking and Dagenham; we put all our efforts behind it but were unable to proceed with the project. Now we are at an exciting point in the museum’s development, creating a new programme of activity to celebrate women’s stories in East London, and planning for a sustainable future for our work. In the last few months, we have re-started our activity with an exciting programme with partners including Modern Cockney Festival, the Vagina Museum and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and we have plans for more!


What are we looking for?

Each of our trustees brings expertise from different sectors that is vital to our small organisation. They support and work closely with Asma Istwani, our Museum Development Lead.   

As our committed and long-serving Chair of Trustees, Alex Runswick, reaches the end of her term, we are looking for a successor who will provide inspiring, inclusive and collaborative leadership for the Museum and our Board of Trustees.

Our Chair of Trustees commits approximately 8-16 hours per month to their role. They develop an agenda for, and chair, one monthly meeting (up to two hours, held online), review documentation and support with a range of tasks according to their skills. They manage the Museum Development Lead, working with them to ensure that we follow a clear vision, mission and strategic direction. They ensure that our Board of Trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.

Please note that this is a non-executive voluntary role and therefore unremunerated. We do not anticipate that trustees will incur expenses in the fulfillment of their duties, however we can offer reimbursement of any reasonable out of pocket expenses .  

What are we looking for?


  • Commitment to the Charity’s mission and values and the ability and willingness to devote the necessary time to fulfil the role.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties of Trusteeship and charity governance.
  • Previous experience as a Trustee.
  • Experience of working (in any capacity) and building relationships in the charity and/or arts, culture and heritage sectors.
  • Experience in providing leadership at strategic level, collaborating with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience of line-managing senior level staff.
  • Integrity and an ability to exercise fair judgement.
  • Ability to think creatively in the context of East End Women’s Museum,with an openness to new ways of delivering arts, culture and heritage provision.
  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills.
  • Understanding of the causes and effects of underrepresentation of women’s stories in public arts, culture and heritage provision.


  • Experience as a leading trustee / Chair of the Board in a charity.
  • Experience of charity finance, charitable best practice and operating within the Charities act.
  • Connections to networks that may be advantageous to East End Women’s Museum.
  • Experience of and ability to manage relevant types of external stakeholder, such as local authorities and grant makers.

What difference will you make?

By joining our Board of Trustees you will be part of a supportive team of people who are passionate about women’s history and redefining what a museum can be for people in the East End and beyond. You will be part of a growing charity and have opportunities to develop your experience of governance and broaden your CV.

We are a museum for everyone and we want our team to represent a wide range of perspectives and experiences. We welcome applications from anyone passionate about women’s histories and particularly people with perspectives underrepresented on the boards of museums, who include people of Global Majority heritage, LGBTQIA+ people and D/deaf and disabled people.

  • Education
  • Museums / heritage
  • Women
  • Organisation type: 

    The East End Women's Museum records, researches, shares and celebrates the stories of east London's women. It aims to represent and amplify voices of women, particularly marginalised women. It ...