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Chair - National Museums Scotland

Reference:1722 

Remuneration:non-remunerated 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:10 January 2020 at midnight 

Do you share our passion for cultural heritage and have the skills to help us realise our ambitions?


Following a decade of investment in our museums and collections, and with the successful completion of the £80 million transformation of the National Museum of Scotland behind us, we are seeking a new Chair of our Board of Trustees to lead our ambitious plans for the future.


Our new Chair will have the drive to lead and inspire the organisation, guide our strategic decision-making, represent us in the public arena, support our fundraising and help develop the dynamic potential of our museums.


As one of the leading museum groups in Europe and a key heritage and culture organisation in Scotland, National Museums Scotland is responsible for a remarkable collection which brings together the arts and sciences, and the cultures of Scotland and the world, alongside the diversity of the natural world.


Combining a passion for sharing the stories of the objects in our care with world-class research and conservation, our work reaches out across Scotland and internationally. Last year we welcomed over 3.2 million visitors across our four museums, and engaged a wide range of audiences through outreach and imaginative public programming. As a national centre of excellence, we play a leading role in supporting the museum community across Scotland.


The new appointee will take the Chair formally on 01 August 2020 and the average time commitment is 3 to 4 days per month.


The closing date for applications is Friday, 10 January 2020. 


Full details can be found in the applicant information pack, via the link below.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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