‘The museum must be an effective organisation that is well managed and able to provide evidence of the following:

1.3.1 that it has a satisfactory management structure, from the governing body to the user
1.3.2 that it has formally approved any authorities or responsibilities that the governing body has delegated to sub-committees, members of staff or volunteers
1.3.3 that the management structure makes sure there is appropriate professional input into decision making and policy development
1.3.4 that succession procedures are sufficient to ensure business continuity and accountability
1.3.5 the person or organisation that has powers to approve documents such as the forward plan and policies on managing collections
1.3.6 any approved agreement under which a separate organisation runs the museum.’

(Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Succession planning framework


This framework from the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD) of the Welsh Government provides a succession planning framework for the analysis of a museum’s current situation and a template to guide museums in planning for the future.

Organisation development


This resource provides an introduction to organisational structure, culture and capacity building in the voluntary sector, information on structure and culture, and a guide to different types of organisational structure and the varying cultures found within non-profit and charitable organisations.