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Chair of the Oversight Board Bristol City Council Museums

Provide strategic leadership to the new Bristol Museums Oversight Board, contributing to the effective governance and performance of the Arts Council England National Portfolio funding to Bristol Museums.

  • Location: Bristol, Avon
  • Salary: Voluntary, £5,000 per annum honorarium
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Bristol Museums seek a Chair of their Oversight Board to oversee the development and delivery of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio funding and Let’s Create Four Investment Principles, and to ensure they are embedded in the culture and working practices of Bristol Museums.

Who we are

Bristol Museums is the name given to the five museums operated by Bristol City Council and part of the Culture and Creative Industries Service. These five museums play an important civic role by serving the city, communities and citizens, underpinning everything they do for a population of half a million, where 187 countries of birth are represented and more than 91 main languages are spoken.

The five accredited museums (Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Blaise Museum, The Georgian House Museum, The Red Lodge Museum) are supported by a skilled and committed workforce, offering a breadth of programming and experiences with an increasing emphasis on co-design, co-production and shared decision-making to ensure our collections, spaces and practices are relevant, resonant, and sustainable. The museum service is supported with funding from Arts Council England (ACE) 2023-26 National Portfolio (NPO).

The Culture and Creative Industries Service (CCI), encompasses a range of divisions and teams including The Bottle Yard Studios, South West Museum Development, Arts Development, Bristol Archives and Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre. The CCI service works in partnership across the city, regionally and nationally as well as alongside other Bristol City Council departments in the design and delivery of services that serve the needs of citizens and communities.

Learn more about the cultural investment programme 2023-27.

About the role

The Oversight Board and its Chair will complement and amplify the role of Bristol City Council’s Culture and Creative Industries Service adding value to the programme by:

  • Developing a strategic focus to drive quality within the Bristol Museums NPO programme of activity.
  • Providing scrutiny and leadership, democratic accountability, enterprise, support and challenge to Bristol Museums senior management team and lead officers in the delivery of the NPO programme of activity.
  • Ensure Bristol Museums is making effective use of its assets, services, and resources in delivery of the Activity and Investment Principles plan.
  • Act individually and collectively as ambassadors for Bristol Museums in concert with board members of the Friends of Bristol Museums and Bristol Museum Development Trust.
  • Ensure that a robust decision-making process is in place and adhered to in conjunction with accurate records of decisions made by the Oversight Board in support of the requirements of the Arts Council England NPO grant monitoring process.

The time commitment for the role will be 1 – 2 days per month.

Who we are looking for

The Oversight Board Chair will need to have had the following experience and skills:

  • Experience of working at a senior/influential level with multiple stakeholders, regionally and nationally.
  • Experience of working to a high standard of behaviour, demonstrating honesty, probity, and the highest level of integrity in conduct.
  • Responsible for strategy and decision-making — independently and collaboratively — in challenging situations.
  • A capacity for strategic thought and objective decision-making.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong strategic awareness and ability to identify emerging external factors that may impact on strategy, implementation of plans, or reputation with key stakeholders.
  • Analytical skills including the ability to weigh / sort complex evidence and reach rational conclusions, incorporating appropriate advice.
  • A strong passion and commitment to the vision and mission of Bristol Museums.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rebekah Abbott

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About Bristol City Council Museums

Bristol Museums is the name given to the five museums operated by Bristol City Council and part of the Culture and Creative Industries Service. These five museums play an important civic role by serving the city, communities and citizens, underpinning everything they do for a population of half a million, where 187 countries of birth are represented and more than 91 main languages are spoken.

The five accredited museums (Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Blaise Museum, The Georgian House Museum, The Red Lodge Museum) are supported by a skilled and committed workforce, offering a breadth of programming and experiences with an increasing emphasis on co-design, co-production and shared decision-making to ensure our collections, spaces and practices are relevant, resonant, and sustainable. The museum service is supported with funding from Arts Council England (ACE) 2023-26 National Portfolio (NPO).

The Culture and Creative Industries Service (CCI), encompasses a range of divisions and teams including The Bottle Yard Studios, South West Museum Development, Arts Development, Bristol Archives and Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre. The CCI service works in partnership across the city, regionally and nationally as well as alongside other Bristol City Council departments in the design and delivery of services that serve the needs of citizens and communities.

Our Vision is to use culture as the catalyst — we play a role in driving a city of hope and aspiration where everyone can share in its success.

Our mission is to be an inclusive, collaborative service, enabling Bristol citizens to share their stories in creative, innovative ways.

Our Purpose is to achieve this as a diverse service that works to:

  • connect people through culture,
  • make arts and culture accessible to all,
  • care for and safeguard cultural assets,
  • animate the city through culture to make it a great place to live, work and play,
  • enable a thriving sector using our unique position to support innovation.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – Explore their collections of art, nature and history on display in this beautiful building. Find out about the last billion years of Earth’s history, explore the region’s natural wonders and discover more about peoples’ lives, past and present.

M Shed – From prehistoric times to the present day, M Shed tells the story of the city and its unique place in the world. Encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of Bristol through the interactive displays.

The Georgian House Museum – Discover what a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner’s home might have looked like around 1790. Eleven rooms spread over four floors reveal what life was like above and below stairs, from the kitchen in the basement where servants prepared meals to the elegant formal rooms above.

The Red Lodge Museum – Step inside and experience more than 400 years of history in the museum where you feel you have left the modern world behind. From ‘royal party house’ of the 16th Century to Victorian reform school for girls, see how the lodge has changed over time.

Blaise Museum – See how people lived through time – what they wore, the toys they played with and how they managed their household chores. Find out about the history of the house, the landscaping of its estate and enjoy the beautiful Picture Room.

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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

Accessibility information

Bristol Museums is committed to working with as wide a range of people in Bristol and beyond as possible. To ensure that our activity and our audiences are as diverse as they can be, will require diverse governance.

We will seek to ensure diversity on the board and welcome applications from all regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, partnership status or home responsibility, pregnancy or maternity, HIV or AIDS status, age, political or religious belief, trade union activity, refugee or asylum seeker status, socio-economic background or status, education, experience or geography.

In order to ensure diversity in leadership and governance is supported, a dedicated access budget will operate alongside the resources to administer the Oversight Board. Working in collaboration with Rising Arts Agency through their OnBoard programme, we will support the development of and increase opportunities for young people in cultural leadership. Reasonable adjustments and access requirements will be addressed within the resources of the board administration and access budget to enable the effective participation and engagement of board members. The Chair and Board member positions are also available as co-chair appointments.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

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    Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 26th February 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 1st March 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 6th March 2024
    Second stage interviews: Friday 15th March 2024


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