Jun 122019

Chair of the Royal Armouries - Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Recruiter: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 10 Jun 2019
Closes: 19 Jun 2019
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world. The collection of c.70,000 items – apart from the c.2700 loans to other bodies – is now displayed and housed not only at the Tower of London but also at its purpose-built flagship museum in Leeds and at Fort Nelson, Fareham, near Portsmouth. It currently employs 160 staff and receives approximately two million visitors a year across the three sites.

This is a very exciting time for the Royal Armouries, which, having substantially increased its commercial operations, is in the process of devising a masterplan to transform the museum brand and its offer at the main museum site in Leeds. The Royal Armouries vision is to inspire people to discover how many of the most compelling narratives of human endeavour and experience have been, and continue to be, shaped by arms and armour.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is now seeking to appoint an outstanding individual as the next chair of the Royal Armouries, to take the Museum forward at this new and critical period in its history. The ideal candidate will have a passion for cultural heritage, a commitment to public service, strong commercial acumen and a successful track record in public service, heritage management, or business. The successful candidate will be central to taking the Royal Armouries forward and putting it on a long-term sustainable footing, including through playing a key part in raising funds for the museum’s ambitious plans and programme.

For further information and to apply please visit https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/chair-of-the-royal-armouries/

Alternatively, for an informal and confidential discussion, then Joanna Thornton or Mark Bate (0113 205 6288) of GatenbySanderson will be pleased to take your call. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.

Closing date: 10.00am - Wednesday 19th June 2019

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