Trustees – Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Body: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Most Board meetings take place in Cardiff. Travel to other Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales sites across Wales will also be required.
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Trustees of AC aren’t paid, but are able to claim travel and subsistence costs (at allowances agreed by AC).
Time Requirements: 12 days per year
- Competition Launched: 22/11/2018
- Closed for Applications: 02/01/2019 at 16:00
- Panel Sift: TBC
- Final Interview Date: 01/03/2019
- Announcement: TBC
- Carol Bell - Panel Chair - Vice-President, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. • Representative of Organisation
The Board’s Role and Responsibilities
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Amgueddfa Cymru and holds the national collections in trust for the people of Wales. The role of the Board is to provide effective leadership, define and develop strategic direction and set challenging objectives. The Board promotes high standards of public accountability and upholds the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money. It monitors performance against Amgueddfa Cymru’s aims, objectives and performance targets.
Amgueddfa Cymru is a registered charity and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. Trustees have obligations to the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales. Amgueddfa Cymru currently receives c.80% of its annual funding (c.£22 million revenue funding in 2018-19) from the Welsh Government, as Grant in Aid.
The Role of a Trustee
Trustees must first and foremost support the Director General in implementing the Museum’s Vision of ‘Inspiring People; Changing Lives’.
Trustees must also:
- attend Board meetings regularly and prepare thoroughly for those meetings;
- be prepared to serve on sub committees;
- actively support the Museum’s management and staff in their work;
- represent the Museum at public functions;
- promote the profile of the Museum;
- give the Museum the benefit of their experience and expertise;
- facilitate contact with the Museum’s stakeholders; and
- contribute to the development of policy, strategies and priorities in the management of the Museum’s collections.
Trustees must be aware of their obligations arising from the position of the Museum as a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. These are laid out in the Framework Document, which sets out the Terms and Conditions of Welsh Government funding to the Museum.
To be effective, the Board needs Trustees with a broad range of expertise and experience. As a Trustee you will help determine policy, strategies and priorities in the Museum’s core activities. You should be able to draw on your own knowledge, skills and experience to provide evidence of your abilities in a range of the following areas:
- a commitment and enthusiasm for the Museum’s work in supporting change and development in Wales through cultural participation;
- an understanding and interest in the cultural sector as a whole and a sensitivity to cultural issues;
- excellent representational and communication skills;
- ability to work in a collegiate manner with fellow Trustees;
- management experience and/or a business, institutional, administrative or other context, with an appreciation of the distinction between the executive and non-executive functions;
- a commitment to equality issues and to challenging discriminatory practices when appropriate.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate:
- a commitment to the values and the Vision of Amgueddfa Cymru and an appreciation of its role and purpose as a national institution in Wales; including the cultural, learning, health and well-being, economic and socio-political contexts in which it operates, as well as understanding its obligations under the Well-bieng of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015;
- an ability to enhance the Museum’s role in serving and representing the diverse communities and regions of Wales
- expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- learning, participation and community engagement;
- health and well-being;
- public / charitable / third sector
- digital media;
- design and the built environment / delivery of large or capital projects;
- fundraising;business and income generation.
- a commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life
Welsh Language Skills – Desirable
The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
Applicants should be persons who conduct themselves at all times in a manner which will maintain public confidence
In particular, applicants are required to declare whether they are aware of anything in their private or professional life that would be an embarrassment to themselves or to the Welsh Government if it became known in the event of appointment.
Information about the eligibility of current or former Trustees to apply for positions on the Board is included in Amgueddfa Cymru’s Royal Charter. https://museum.wales/charter-and-statutes/
Trustees are not eligible to serve on the Board for more than 8 consecutive years in the same role, and 12 consecutive years in total (in any combination of different roles as a Trustee and as an Officer; e.g. Treasurer, Vice President or President). Former Trustees may apply for appointment, provided that they last served as a Trustee more than 4 years ago.
Applicants should also note that being a member of the Board of Trustees of Amgueddfa Cymru is a disqualifying post for membership of the National Assembly for Wales under the National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) order 2015. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1536/contents/made
Conflict of Interests
You will be asked to declare any private interests which may, or may be perceived to, conflict with the role and responsibilities as President of Amgueddfa Cymru, including any business interests and positions of authority outside of the role in Amgueddfa Cymru.
Any conflicts of interest will be explored at interview. If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on a register which is available to the public.
Standards in Public Life
You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies; you can access this document at:
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How to Apply
To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government e-Recruitment Centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system. You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form. To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates. This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit. The second document is a full, up to date CV. The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.
In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities. We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.
It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence. You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go. You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.
If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.
If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on 03000 616095 or PublicAppointments@gov.wales.
For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments
This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments