Digital Learning Trustee

Digital Learning Trustee

At a glance


  • Marketing strategy
  • Social media marketing
  • Digital and IT strategy
  • Digital Trustees
  • Project management / Product owner
  • SEO and analytics
  • Financial management
  • Business development / Sales
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Market research


Hitchin, SG4 9TS
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Individuals set their own limits, min expenses paid. Personal visits may give useful insights


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Board meetings 2hrs/8 time a year plus prep, held online. Phone contact and advice maybe 2hrs/month. Events & activities on site at own discretion.

Digital Learning is a new and exciting channel for education programmes.  We need Trustees to develop and monetize digital products and join our strategic leadership team during this time of optimistic change and development

What will you be doing?

This is a key role in creating a sustainable future for the Museum.  One third of income came from local schools visiting our unique classrooms to bring to life Victorian lessons and childhood.  Schools adapted their teaching methods and we want to seize this opportunity to develop digital education that reaches a global audience.  We believe we can tell amazing stories about our unique heritage.  We want to perpetuate the philosophy of Joseph Lancaster, providing education for all, and reach all people disadvantaged in educational opportunities in some way.

Key skills & experience would include:

  • Digital Media 
  • Commercial mindset
  • Strategy creation
  • International communications
  • Learning & Education

It would be an absolute bonus if your skills included:

P&L Management, Governance, Fundraising, Organisational Development and Change!

These skills would complement a diverse, enthusiastic and professional Board of Trustees responsible for strategic leadership and for ensuring that the charity delivers its objectives.  We work closely with the staff team and believe that collaboration and partnership leads to mutual understanding and improves the museum's overall performance.

The main duties of Board members are to work collaboratively with colleagues to;

  • Set the strategic direction of the charity
  • Ensure the Museum complies with its governing document, legislation & regulations
  • Safeguard the Museum's finances
  • Oversee operations
  • Review policies
  • Manage strategic risks 
  • Protect the Museum buildings and collections

Board meetings have increased as we adapt to change and are about every 6-8 weeks via Zoom.  Trustees are also Project Sponsors, leading teams of staff and volunteers in their specialisms. New Trustees will receive a warm welcome and comprehensive induction to our team and the Museum.

To build on the diversity of our Trustees, we welcome applications from all ages, genders and backgrounds.

If you are interested, please send a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet our requirements and why you are interested in joining our Board.  We really would love to hear from you

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a number of new members for the Board of the British Schools Museum.  These experienced and enthusiastic new Trustees will join a team providing strategic leadership to the Museum at a time of optimistic change and development. Eligible candidates will need to show evidence of the ability to think strategically, to review and question management reports, plans and financial information, to assess and manage risk and to develop sound objectives moving forward to ensure an exciting and sustainable future for the Museum.  From a variety of backgrounds, the new Trustees should be willing to be involved in development and fundraising initiatives.  

Digital Media and Communications, technology, communication channels, advertising, public and stakeholder engagement,  promoting and increasing the Museum's public profile.  Macro ambition!

Commercial mindset: ability to monetize products; understand the P&L, consumer needs, market competition and commercial strategies

International Communications: understanding different cultures, communication channels, regions and country consumer needs and interests

Learning and Education: A passion for telling stories that inspire people to be curious.  An desire to engage children and adults with diverse needs and make a difference to them and their communities.

The British Schools Museum is a unique and special place.  An awareness and interest in the work of the Museum and the social history of education would be welcome.

What difference will you make?

You will be instrumental in providing strategic direction and professional expertise to a small museum with unique and historically significant collections at a significant time of change and development.  As a result you will be making a difference to all people with a diverse range of educational needs across the globe, sparking their curiosity, improving their lives and their futures.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to play a vital part at an important stage of the museums life and to make a significant contribution to the success and sustainability of a unique and special place.

You will get to work in a team of new, enthusiastic and professional Trustees who are keen to make changes, push the boundaries of traditional museum thinking and create a sustainable business model on which the museum can thrive.

This is where you could see your keen commercial sense and professional skills help staff and board members transform the museum for the future.

Before you apply

If you are interested in being a Trustee, please send a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet our requirements and why you are interested in joining the Board.
  • Museums / heritage
  • The British Schools Museum is uniquely placed to portray the history of elementary education and the social history of childhood from the late 18th century, through to the late 1960's.  A complex...