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Chief Executive Cornwall Museums Partnership

Brave, imaginative and future facing leader required to lead an innovative and ground-breaking organisation amplifying the strength and impact of the museums sector in Cornwall.

  • Location: Redruth, Cornwall
  • Salary: £60,000 - £70,000

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Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) is a values-led, pioneering, innovative and impactful charity. Established in 2015 our purpose is to create positive social change with and alongside museums. We believe in the power of museums to transform society and we help foster partnerships, collaboration and ideas to generate new areas of practice. We also advocate and champion our sector and act as a conduit in both directions between policy and what’s happening on the ground.

We’re not afraid to think differently. We provide leadership for the 70 diverse museums in Cornwall and forge partnerships with purpose to enable these museums to engage with more people, trailblaze and test new approaches, and build sustainability and resilience.

Having built a strong reputation both locally, nationally and internationally CMP is now looking for a new Chief Executive who can continue to build our impact and amplify our ability to form partnerships and collaborate to generate inventive and resourceful practice.  We are in a robust financial position, have a capable and energetic team and a diverse and committed board. As such you will have a strong and stable springboard on which to build.

Whilst we are positive about the continuing impact and potential of our role, we face some challenges.  The Pandemic has put considerable strain on our sector, and we have challenges given our location and the diversity of our museums, some of whom are small, and volunteer-led, which means you will be balancing very different needs. These challenges, however, mean our role is as vital as ever and we are in a unique position to tackle them.

We are looking for someone who will share our values, ambition and vision. It requires someone who can balance a range of elements: advocacy, stakeholder engagement, partnership building, income generation, influencing and innovatory thinking. You will be a wonderful communicator, bring a high degree of resilience, thrive on challenge, and can problem-solve through thinking creatively and laterally.

Your leadership experience may have been gained in the museums/heritage/cultural sector, but we are also open to other allied backgrounds given our work touches into communities, place-making, social regeneration and innovation more broadly.

We are a unique organisation with so much more to achieve and we are really excited by our future. As our new CEO, you will be arriving at a time of great potential and possibility. We are in the process of applying for our Arts Council NPO funding and have a new strategy to shape and develop. We are looking forward to a bigger, bolder and more ambitious future. If you think you have what it takes to take us there, then we’d like to hear from you.

We seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, and as per our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, applications from Black, Asian and global majority candidates and candidates who are disabled or who face disabling barriers within our society are particularly encouraged.

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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 078220


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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CMP in partnership with the National Gallery and Concern Wadebridge welcomed Jan van Huysum visits to Cornwall to allow the widest possible audience to explore and be inspired by the collection.

About the Organisation | Adro dhe'n Kowethyans

Formed in 2015, CMP is an independent charity and Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). It provides leadership for Cornwall’s museums, supporting them to do the things that they might find difficult to do on their own and enable museums to make a positive difference to people’s lives. This includes advocacy, audience development, fundraising and workforce development. We have an appetite to lead from the edge and act as a test bed for new ideas and practice.

We work in partnership with museums to help them become more open and connected to the people they serve and we aim to inspire the wider heritage and cultural sectors by bringing new ideas, new connections, new practice and new resources which we share for the benefit of a wide range of people and organisations.

We are driven by our 4 core values:

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity

We have an absolute commitment to equity, our work is completely collaborative, and we form genuine partnerships which are built on mutual understanding and respect. We are committed to sustainability and creativity, and we are ambitious, striving for the highest goals and standards.

Cornwall is a land of museums; there are over 70 of them, 32 of which are Accredited – the most of any region in England. They are visited by over 1.5million people each year and enable people to learn about the unique and diverse heritage of the Duchy, allow people to see the world differently and celebrate a sense of place. They bring people together and help them stay active and are supported by over 2000 volunteers.

We have a team made up of 10.2 FTE and you can read more about our board and team here:

Driving impact and societal change is at the core of our organisation and our projects, actions and support for Cornish museums are designed to empower our colleagues and to benefit the communities around them. To read about our achievements and impact over the past year, please follow this link to our 2021 CMP Impact Report.

Further Information:

Welcome | Dynnargh

Dear Candidate

I am delighted that you are interested in becoming the next Chief Executive of CMP to help us continue to support museums to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

As with so many organisations across the cultural sector, this has been an extraordinarily challenging 2 years. As trustees, we are so proud of how the CMP team have supported our partners, communities and colleagues, throughout this time. They have provided advice and resources wherever needed but also a continuing focus and commitment to the ambitious targets we have set ourselves, and our partners, around accessibility, inclusivity, sustainability and innovation. Re-imagining the future for all museums and heritage organisations for our communities and visitors.

We are not a ‘top-down’ organisation that is seeking to impose change on museums. We work collaboratively with grassroots organisations and groups and value the experience and expertise of local communities. We regularly work with organisations outside of the museum and cultural sector, making different skills and new collaborative opportunities accessible to museums.

Emmie Kell, our current Chief Executive, is leaving CMP after 6 amazing years. She set the organisation up at the outset and has been central to the way it has grown its role and impact over this time, including overseeing the recruitment of our wonderful team of committed, passionate and talented individuals. Led by Emmie, CMP has built an excellent reputation with partners, stakeholders, and colleagues, locally, nationally and internationally. Emmie is leaving us to take up a significant sector leadership role with Arts Council England and so we look forward to continuing our relationship with her in this new chapter for all of us. She will of course be deeply missed but we are really excited about the next part of CMP’s story and open to all the new possibilities the next leader will bring.

We are looking for a special individual to lead our talented and committed team as we take CMP into the next phase of its journey. We are seeking an inspiring leader who is ambitious for CMP, our partners and our communities. Someone who shares our values, collaborative ethos and passion for what we do and can take us on the next phase of strategic development.

Thank you for your interest and I hope the information we have shared inspires you to apply.

Best wishes

Fiona Morris

Chair of Trustees

Krowji, photo by Kirstin Prisk

Accessibility | Hedhadowyans

Cornwall Museums Partnership is committed to providing an accessible workplace, including:

  • Step-free access into buildings, all key work areas, and facilities, as well as an accessible workstation
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed
  • Papers and materials may be presented in different formats if needed
  • Access to a sign language interpreter for interviews
  • Flexible working patterns and locations
  • Job Share proposals are welcomed

Cornwall Museums Partnership is also a participant of the University of Exeter Inclusivity Project.

Living in Cornwall | Bewnans yn Kernow

We welcome applications from people already living in Cornwall and those who are interested in relocating. If you’re less familiar with Cornwall here’s some information from the CMP team.

Cornwall is in the Southwest of England and is a great place to live for anyone who loves the outdoors (and the occasional – actually regular – rain and mizzle). There are lots of good schools, and two Universities, Falmouth and Exeter, based on a shared Cornwall campus in Penryn. There is a strong sense of community and people who have relocated say that immersing themselves in their local community has been important.

Cornwall is famous for its beaches, picturesque fishing villages and dramatic coastline and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Over 4.5 million people visit Cornwall on holiday every year. But tourism is controversial. Many associate it with Cornwall’s low wage economy and housing shortage. For some people living in Cornwall, the experience offered to tourists is unaffordable and it can take a long time to get anywhere in the tourist season.  House prices in Cornwall have increased since the pandemic. The average house price in Cornwall was recorded as being £275,677 in July 2021, the highest it has ever been and higher than the national average. However, average wages are less than 80% of the national average.

Outside Cornwall people are less familiar with Cornwall’s burgeoning tech community. The Duchy has a diverse and dispersed creative industries sector with a strong spirit of collaboration. Broadband speeds are amongst the best in the country. The largest cluster of B Corp businesses outside London is found in Cornwall and as one might expect for a place on the front line of climate change, positive action for the environment is a growing feature of business and community life.

Cornwall has a distinctive cultural identity and in recent years there has been a resurgence in interest in the Cornish language (Kernewek). On 24 April 2014, the UK Government recognised the Cornish as a national minority.  The decision to recognise the unique identity of the Cornish now affords them the same status as the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish. The demography of Cornwall is made up of 95.7% White (Cornish/English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British), according to the 2011 census.

Cornwall Museums Partnership is based in Krowji, Redruth. Krowji (which means shed in Cornish) is the largest creative hub west of Bristol, it is home to artists, creatives and other NPO organisations. It is a 15-minute drive to the nearest beach, Portreath.

Here are some useful links you might find useful when considering a move to Cornwall:

Further information on house prices

Further information on education in Redruth

Further information on education in surrounding areas

Cornwall Council Economic Monitoring Quarterly Update July 2021


Image credits: Looe Cliffs, Louise Robertson; Cornwall Pride 2021, Cornish Ramblings; Looe Museum, Louise Robertson

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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 078220

We seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, and as per our commitment to equality and diversity, applications from global majority candidates and candidates who are disabled or who face disabling barriers within our society are particularly encouraged.


Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 7th February 2022

Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 11th February

First Stage Interviews: Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th February (conducted via Zoom or Microsoft Teams)

Second Stage Interviews: Monday 7th March (conducted at CMP offices in Krowji, Redruth)

All applications will be considered solely on merit. Interview questions will be provided to short-listed candidates 48 hours prior to the interview.

Disabled applicants 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 job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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