National Museum of the Royal Navy Trustee Vacancy

National Museum of the Royal Navy Trustee Vacancy

At a glance


  • Digital and IT strategy
  • Financial management
  • Business development / Sales
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Project / programme management


Portsmouth, PO1 3NH
Mainly at home, or remote opportunity.
Travel limit? Hybrid meetings are in place so can be based anywhere in UK


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month or 3-7 hours / week


04 Sep 2022

We are looking to appoint up to two new trustees to join the Trustee Board who have experience and skills within a commercial environment who understand the importance of delivering sustainable strategies.

What will you be doing?

The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum, linking Navy to Nation.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy was established in 2008 and is a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee and a Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and the parent company of the NMRN group.  The operation of the National Museum is delegated to the Director General (also the Accounting Officer) with the Executive Directors supported by its dedicated workforce of staff and volunteers. The National Museum attracts a significant number of visitors to both its physical and online attractions and is committed to expanding its digital reach. 

The National Museum’s headquarters are in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with sites across the UK and Northern Ireland. You will be joining at a very exciting time as we launch our new five-year strategy and embark on our next major capital programme, to deliver a new Royal Marines Museum, a regeneration project for Hartlepool, upgrades to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the re-opening of HMS Caroline in Belfast and the significant HMS Victory conservation project. One of our key partners is the Mary Rose Trust. If you want to make a difference, share a passion for change and excellence and possess the leadership qualities to help us achieve this we want to hear from you. You will also have the opportunity to learn new skills and meet people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

We are passionate about ensuring there is a strong mix of people on our Board of Trustees who represent a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills. Equity, diversity and inclusion are at the core of everything we do, and we believe that by having a diverse group of people we can collectively make better decisions. The National Museum also welcomes those new to trusteeship or looking to becoming a trustee as relevant training will be provided

What are we looking for?

Person Specification:

Skills Mix on the Board

The successful candidates will have demonstrable skills in at least two of the following “Essential Criteria” plus demonstration of another essential or desirable skill.


Essential Criteria

  • Commercial experience within the museum industry or other similar industries, including but not limited to legal , accountancy, business development and is familiar with finance streams and finance procedures for large companies. Can assess the viability of finances and ensure these are used correctly in the application of charitable objects.
  • Understanding of sustainability reporting and the disclosure and communication of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals.
  • Exploiting Digital opportunities to achieve/enhance delivery of museum/business objectives.
  • The use of Media, Marketing and PR to effectively communicate with a wide audience.
  • Museology/Collections/Development of Museums with particular reference to comparable multi-site institutions and understanding their historical impact and importance.
  • Knowledge of the restrictions and accountability of Charities and is familiar with compliance with appropriate law (Charity and Company), including experience of charity governance.
  • Understands the importance of fundraising within charities and delivering charitable objectives especially within the business and commercial arenas.



Essential Skills (At least one required)

  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the issues and challenges it faces in delivering them and an enthusiasm and passion for the Royal Navy
  • Ability to apply strategic insight, innovative advice and constructive challenge to the Executive Teams plans.
  • Excellent communication, influencing and representational skills to act as an ambassador for the museum with networking and relationship building skills.


Desirable Skills

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Museology/Collections/Development of Museums with particular reference to comparable multi-site institutions and understanding their historical impact and importance.

What difference will you make?

As a trustee, you will have a real opportunity to offer your unique skill set to help the strategic progression of the charity. Your input will be invaluable as we deliver the new 5 year strategy and develop the corporate plan. Sustainability is a high agenda item within an ever changing environment and your guidance and support will greatly help deliver what is needed. 

Before you apply

Please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4: this should provide details of your knowledge and skills, education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, related experience and membership of professional bodes. Two references at least one of which of a professional nature and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, clearly setting out how you meet the criteria and skills as set out above.
  • The completed Declaration Form, the Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. 
  • Museums / heritage
  • Organisation type: 

    The charitable objectives of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, as defined within its Articles of Association are:


    • The promotion and education and learning of Naval
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