Dec 052018
 

President – Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Body: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: The President’s activities will usually be concentrated in the Cardiff area, but he/she will be required to visit other National Museums and other locations. Board of Trustees meetings are held 4 times a year, with most meetings held in south Wales
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The position is remunerated at £35,182.80 per annum. No bonus payments will be made. The President will not be a member of the Museum’s Pension Scheme. Board members are entitled to claim travel and other expenses within the agreed rates.
Time Requirements: 2 days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • 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

Assessment Panel

  • Carol Bell - Panel Chair - Vice-President, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. • Representative of Organisation

Vacancy Description

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.

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.

The Role of President

As President, you will be accountable to the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport for Amgueddfa Cymru’s performance and delivery of strategic priorities. Developing a close relationship with the Minister and key members of the Welsh Government is a crucial part of the Chair’s role.

The position of President requires a person of stature and vision, capable of leading a national institution in the senior non-executive role, and of being an advocate for the Museum with our key stakeholders.

Essential Expertise:

  1. Leadership
    • Demonstrates strong leadership of the Board as Chair of Amgueddfa Cymru.
    • Has overall responsibility for the Board of Trustees and is personally responsible to Welsh Ministers for the conduct of Amgueddfa Cymru’s affairs and its Trustees.
    • Helps determine policy, strategies and priorities in the Museum’s core activities.
    • Demonstrates a commitment and enthusiasm for the Museum’s work and the cultural sector as a whole, including a broad appreciation of the subjects covered by the Museum’s collections;
    • Has a commitment to equality issues and to challenging discriminatory practices.
    • Contributes to income generation and fundraising activities.
  2. Communications and External Relations
    • Represents and speaks for Amgueddfa Cymru. The President may be expected to represent Amgueddfa Cymru during visits by royalty, by ambassadors and by other senior public figures, and at the opening of exhibitions and events.
    • Demonstrates effective stakeholder management, facilitating and promoting contacts with the Friends and Patrons of Amgueddfa Cymru.
    • Uses strong networking skills for the benefit of Amgueddfa Cymru
  3. Governance
    • Works effectively with the Director General, the Senior Leadership Team and Trustees to maximise engagement.
    • Ensures governance arrangements are working in the most effective way.
    • Is a member of the Performance Review Committee and the Audit Committee.
    • Represents Amgueddfa Cymru in joint appointments processes with the Welsh Government to select new Trustees, ensures that the Board is fit for purpose; that Trustees receive appropriate induction, training, performance assessment and comply with governance requirements under the Royal Charter, Charities Act, Nolan Principles, and the Board’s Code of Conduct.
    • Chairs all meetings of the Board of Trustees, and the Appointments and Remuneration Committee (which oversees Trustee and senior staff appointments, including that of the Director General).
    • Meets formally twice a year with the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport alongside the Director General to discuss the progress of Amgueddfa Cymru in fulfilling the requirements of the Cabinet Secretary’s annual Remit Letter
    • Ensures that Trustees are appraised of communications between Amgueddfa Cymru and Welsh Ministers.
    • Has a commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life.
  4. Relationship with the Director General
    • Establishes and builds a strong, effective and supportive working relationship with the Director General, providing support and advice whilst respecting executive responsibility;
    • Supports the Director General in implementing the Museum’s Vision of ‘Inspiring People; Changing Lives’.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Demonstrates 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; and an understanding of its obligations under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
  • Can evidence strong interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills, including ambassadorial skills.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to increasing diversity and promoting equality, identifying relevant experience to develop an inclusive and diverse Board, as well as enhancing the Museum’s role in serving and representing the diverse communities and regions of Wales.
  • Demonstrates senior leadership skills and the ability to provide effective support and challenge to a high profile organisation.
  • Demonstrates the ability to think strategically and demonstrates commercial acumen in support of good governance and income-generating activities (including fundraising).
  • Has experience of operating in a complex, multi-disciplinary organisation.

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.

Additional Information

Eligibility

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:

http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/governance/blboard/Board%20Code%20of%20Practice%202011.pdf

Contacts:

For further information regarding the role of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales contact: Elaine Cabuts (Email: elaine.cabuts@museumwales.ac.uk Tel: 02920 573204)

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please email publicappointments@gov.wales

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

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