Vacancy -- Trustees-Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for one of the two vacancies.
We particularly welcome applications with people located in or with a relationship to North Wales and/or who are Welsh speaking.
Function of body
Amgueddfa Cymru is one of Wales' leading cultural and national institutions. 1.9 million people visit Amgueddfa Cymru every year.
Established by Royal Charter in 1907, Amgueddfa Cymru is one of the largest museums in the United Kingdom, the custodian of internationally significant, diverse collections, and a leader in education and cultural participation.
Amgueddfa Cymru’s sites include Wales’ seven national museums: National Museum Cardiff; St Fagans National Museum of History; Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon; National Wool Museum Dre-fach, Felindre; National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon; National Slate Museum in Llanberis, Snowdonia and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. We also have a National Collections Centre near Cardiff. There are over 5 million individual items in our collections, embracing art and design, history and archaeology, and the natural sciences.
Amgueddfa Cymru is funded by the Welsh Government and has a Board of Trustees whose role is to set the strategic direction of the organization, and to ensure proper management of its resources. As a Museum, we are also accountable for the use of our collections and resources to the nation we serve.
Amgueddfa Cymru belongs to us all
Our vision is to inspire people through Wales’ national museums and collections to find a sense of well-being and identity, to discover, enjoy and learn bilingually, and to understand Wales' place in the wider world.
We believe that everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life of their communities and of their nation. We have been developing a new ten-year strategy for the Museum - Amgueddfa Cymru 2030 - which includes six clear commitments. We will work with people and communities across Wales, through collections, public programmes and partnerships, to:
• Make sure that everyone is represented
• Inspire creativity and learning for life
• Help protect and restore nature and our environment
• Support well-being through inspirational spaces and experiences
• Discover and explore the museum digitally
• Build global connections.
The Role of a Trustee
Trustees support the Director General in implementing the Museum's strategic vision and delivering against the objectives as set out by the Welsh Government in Amgueddfa Cymru’s Remit Letter.
• attend Board meetings regularly and prepare thoroughly for them;
• be prepared to serve on sub-committees;
• 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 Museum stakeholders; and
• contribute to the development of policy, strategies and priorities in relation to the management of the Museum's collections.
Trustees must be aware of their obligations arising from the position of the Museum as a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. These are set out in the Framework Document, which sets out the Terms and Conditions relating to the funding provided to the Museum by the Welsh Government.
Welsh language skills
• commitment to and enthusiasm for the Museum's work in supporting change and development in Wales through cultural participation;
• an understanding of the cultural sector and sensitivity to cultural issues in Wales;
• a commitment to equality and to challenging discriminatory practices.
TRUSTEE - ESSENTIAL CRITERIA
Candidates should demonstrate that they:
• have lived experience and / or professional experience of diversity and inequality;
• are able to work with Amgueddfa Cymru to ensure its work positively supports the well-being of diverse communities across Wales;
• can strengthen regional representation on Amgueddfa Cymru’s Board of Trustees;
• are committed to strategic, sensitive and collaborative ways of working;
• have a commitment to Nolan's Seven Principles of Public Life
• have a genuine interest in the Museum’s activities, its role as a learning organisation, its future development and sustainability, and have an
understanding of the responsibilities involved in being part of a Board.
interview. The panel will rely on the information in your CV and the statement to assess whether you have the required skills and experience. Make sure you provide evidence to show how you meet each of the essential criteria
How to apply
To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. 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 Team on PublicAppointments@gov.wales.