We are recruiting new board members

The Collections Trust is an independent not-for-profit organisation working in the UK and internationally to help people manage collections and information better for public benefit. The Collections Trust works with museums and heritage organisations worldwide, and is funded through a combination of trading activity, grant-in-aid from the Arts Council England and programme support through the European Commission.

We are now seeking to appoint up to four new trustees to join our skills-based board and to support the strategic leadership of this dynamic organisation as it moves into the next phase of its development. The closing date for applications is Monday 23 January 2017.

Trustees are usually senior figures from the public and private sector with experience in one or more of the Collections Trust’s main areas of activity, although we are keen to diversify the board by recruiting at least one early career museum professional without prior governance experience. We would normally expect other trustees to have experience at a governance level in a similar charitable organisation prior to joining the board.

Trustees are expected to:

•    Contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation
•    Champion the organisation through their networks and contacts
•    Ensure the highest standards of probity and good governance

Membership of the board is by election through the existing trustees, who are also the voting members of the charity. Trusteeship lasts for a period of 3 years, after which it can be renewed for one further term, to a total of 6 years. The position of board member is unpaid. Reasonable expenses incurred in the pursuit of board business will be covered.


In the context of existing board skills and experience, we are seeking to appoint people against some of the following profiles:

•    Experience in corporate/private finance
•    A background in communications
•    Experience of the wider political field
•    Experience of digital and media projects
•    Experience in commercial and fundraising activities
•    An early-career museum professional

Apart from someone to represent early-career museum professionals, we welcome applications from people without professional experience of the sector, but with a strong interest in museums and heritage.


The Collections Trust board meets four times annually, coinciding with the quarters of its financial year (June, September, December, March). Meetings are usually held in Central London between 1.00 and 15.00. Papers are issued in advance and the majority of board business is transacted at the board meeting.

In addition to membership of the board, trustees may be invited to join the audit committee, which meets twice annually (in advance of the June and December meetings).


Applicants are asked to write to Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, Chair of the Board of Trustees c/o by 17.00 on Monday 23 January 2017 with a covering letter and brief personal statement detailing your interest in the position, your relevant skills and experience and any other information that is pertinent to your application. We also ask applicants to download and complete our equal opportunities monitoring form which can be found at the top of this page.

To arrange an informal discussion of the Collections Trust’s work and the benefits of membership of the Collections Trust Board, please contact Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker on


Applicants meeting the above profiles will be invited to discuss their candidacy, their interest in the Collections Trust and the specific values they can bring to the organisation. The Collections Trust is an equal opportunities employer, and is committed to transparency and best practice in our governance. Applications and interviews will be held in confidence.