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Ripon Museum Trust trustee

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Ripon Museum Trust trustee
Ripon Museums Trust
Description of the role:

Join our quest to be the best small museums in the country with our new trustee opportunity.

The duties of trustees are:

• To ensure the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy.
• To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
• To ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those objects are) for the benefit of the public.
• To ensure the organisation defines its goals and evaluates its performance against targets.
• To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
• To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation including having appropriate policies and procedures in place.
• To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
• To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
• To follow proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Director (Chief Executive).
• In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

Trustee person specification:

• A commitment to the organisation
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
• Strategic vision
• Good, independent judgement
• An ability to think creatively
• A willingness to speak their mind
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• An ability to work effectively in a team
• Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
• Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as appropriate

Practical information:

All applications are welcome but especially from those with skills in these two clusters:

(i) business acumen and income generation
(ii) governance or/and strategic leadership in the museum, heritage or cultural sectors.

The Trust would especially welcome applications from: women, early career professionals seeking their first governance position and people with protected characteristics under the Equalities Act 2010, as they are currently underrepresented on the board.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Age 17+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
The Workhouse Museum
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 24.04.2019
Organisation Information

Preservation of historic buildings and artefacts, education services and responsible for The Prison & Police, The Workhouse and The Courthouse Museums in Ripon. We have around 140 volunteers who fulfil a variety of roles which range from helping with education visits to gardening, cataloguing the collections to keeping our accounts, repairing brickwork to researching the stories behind the buildings.
Please check the website for opening times and events.
Working with Dementia Forward and the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate, Ripon Museums have fun activities for people with dementia, their families and carers.

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