Lyme Regis Philpot Museum Trust seeks new Chair
The Museum Trust is constituted as an independent charitable trust. Our Trust operates a subsidiary trading company. Appointed trustees are directors of the trading company, which is chaired by trustee Jacqueline Horsfield, who reports to the Board of Trustees.
Lyme Regis Museum is a dynamic institution with a global focus, located at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only Natural World Heritage Site. Situated in a delightful Edwardian building constructed in Northern Renaissance style, our museum tells the story of the town, its people, its literature and its unique place as the home of the science of palaeontology and Mary Anning, the world’s first great fossil hunter. Our collections also reflect the importance of Lyme Regis as the site of the last attempted seaborne invasion of England and as the birthplace of Thomas Coram, founder of England’s first charity. Our collections also reflect the town’s strong literary connections with Jane Austen, John Fowles, Beatrix Potter, JRR Tolkien and Tracy Chevalier.
The Museum is managed by our Director, David Tucker, supported by a small staff team and our dedicated volunteers.
Our Vision and Mission
We will inspire people about the astonishing global stories of Lyme Regis.
Our mission is:
- to enhance and improve the collections
- to provide a world-class visitor experience
- to share our collections and knowledge.
In order to achieve our vision and mission, we will:
- strengthen our relationship with international, national and local audiences
- create significant partnerships internationally, nationally and locally
- generate income to create a sustainable future for the Museum
- make the best of our space and location.
To achieve these goals we will:
- deploy our resources effectively
- invest in digital
- develop our people
Chair Role Description
In addition to the general responsibilities of being a Trustee (see below), the Chair has a number of tasks specific to their role. These include:
- Providing leadership for the board of trustees in their role setting the strategy and policy of the organisation.
- Chairing and facilitating the board meetings.
- ensuring that the trust complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
- Liaising regularly with the Director to maintain a clear grasp of the charity’s financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the Board.
- Representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
- Acting as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate.
- Maintaining careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.
- Receiving regular informal progress reports of the organisation’s work and financial performance through the Director.
- Attending and being a member of other committees or working groups when appropriate in role as Chair.
Chair Person Specification
- Will have an understanding of the charitable and cultural sector
- Strong leadership, people management skills and the ability to chair meetings effectively
- A commitment to the vision of Lyme Regis Museum, in promoting it in the best interests of its many visitors, volunteers and staff
- Strategic vision
- Good, independent judgment.
- An ability to think creatively
- An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship, together with an understanding of the financial aspects of running a charity
- An understanding of the way in which the cultural sector works
- An ability to work effectively as part of a team, contributing an independent perspective
- Possess integrity, objectivity, accountability, honesty
- The applicant must be legally eligible to stand as a registered Company Director and Charity Trustee.
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