Play a part in shaping the future of one of the UK’s most iconic museums by joining us as one of our new Trustees.
The RAF Museum is a National Museum and charity, with two public sites located in the Midlands and London. Attracting over 850,000 visitors per year, the Museum’s vision is to inspire everyone with the RAF story, the people who shape it, and its place in our lives.
The Museum shares these stories through its collection of 1.3M objects that includes aircraft, medals, and uniforms through to oral history recordings, archives, and film, and moving personal mementos such as lucky mascots and letters home.
Led and run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, the Museum is looking for two new trustees to join its board.
The RAF Museum engages with visitors onsite, offsite, and online through its collection that represents over a hundred years of RAF history and looks forwards to the future.
Following the transformation of the London site to mark the Centenary of the RAF in 2018, plans are progressing for a major development programme at its Midlands site.
Due to complete in 2027, the plans comprise an inspiring engagement, learning, and skills programme, enabled by new exhibitions sharing the RAF’s contemporary story, including cyber and space; new learning spaces and woodland landscaping; and a collections hub that will open up the Museum’s stored collection to the public for the first time.
Co-created with stakeholders and the public, this next exciting phase will deepen and extend the Museum’s reach, ensure its relevance, and support its organisational resilience.
Committed to ensuring it remains relevant and responsive to its audience, the RAF Museum is seeking two forward-thinking, dynamic trustees who align with its vision and values. Keen for this role to appeal to anyone with a general interest in museums and learning, the RAF Museum is looking for people who support the social and educational value of museums and the role they play in society. The board provides active leadership and support, and trustees’ impact as ambassadors, both internally with the team and externally with stakeholders and communities, is profound.
The board meets four times a year and trustees are also expected to join one of its sub-committees. The board and sub-committees normally aim to meet in person at our sites. This gives the opportunity to meet staff and volunteers and understand the visitor experience, but trustees are also able to join meetings virtually if they prefer. Papers are circulated with ample time for trustees to prepare, and an annual strategy away day gives an opportunity for the board to focus on future priorities and planning. Trustees are also invited to attend events and receptions throughout the year.
The sub-committees comprise:
The board is committed to engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds with the RAF story, connecting with communities and partners, and inspiring people with the RAF Museum’s dynamic, diverse, and collaborative culture.
Forward-facing in its approach, the board is looking for individuals with strong people skills and life experiences who believe in the power of museums to change lives. Appreciating the value of museums, they will embrace the significance of engaging public spaces for communities to celebrate shared identities while valuing diversity and difference.
With the board focused on the Museum’s continued development and exceptional visitor experience, it is seeking people with a passion for extending a warm welcome to all its audiences, who would question, challenge, and support in equal measure. Applicants will want to contribute to a people – and learning-focused organisation, committed to remaining relevant today and fit for tomorrow. It is not necessary to be an RAF, aviation, or history expert to join the team.
The Museum is proud of what it has achieved with regard to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but is not complacent. Ensuring that the board, staff, and visitors reflect the broader UK population is paramount and trustees recognise the benefits that a variety of thinking styles bring to the organisation. People from global majority backgrounds, those with disabilities, and/or neurodivergent people are under-represented on the board, so it particularly encourages people from these groups to apply. The RAF Museum is similarly excited to invite first-time trustees to the board and is keen to support people to learn about the trustee role.
The RAF Museum is looking for trustees who will act as visitor advocates and bring strategic leadership to the Museum’s EDI policy. Trustees will align with RAF Museum’s values and vision while bringing their skillset to shape and guide its Strategy 2030.
The Royal Air Force Museum was established as a legacy of the RAF’s fiftieth anniversary, opening the London (Hendon) site in 1972. From 1979, the Museum also managed the Cosford Aerospace Museum for the MOD, which had been in operation since 1974. The Museum also has two off-site stores, one in Stafford and the other within RAF Cosford.
The RAF Museum is a National Museum, an executive Non-Departmental Public Body of Government, and a charity. It is funded through government grant-in-aid, and its commercial and fundraising income. Entrance to the Museum is free of charge.
The Museum is committed to its national role to care for and share its collection of 1.3m objects, holding them in trust for the people of the UK. It explores significant stories internationally while being a true community partner in its localities.
As an educational charity, whether visitors are engaging with its displays, taking part in discussion and debate, studying the archive, or enjoying a rest in the cafés, there are opportunities for inspiration in every corner of the Museum.
During the last strategic plan, the Museum concentrated its efforts on being outward-focused and people-centred. Its Strategy 2030 builds on this engagement, harnessing the stories of RAF people and the collections to engage, inspire and encourage learning for generations to come.
The Museum plans to engage with more people and a broader range of people. New exhibitions exploring the stories of Bomber Command launch at both sites in May 2023, with further new displays on the Inter-War period opening at the London site in November 2023.
In the meantime, plans for major transformation at the Midlands site in 2027 are progressing to plan, with over half of the £22M fundraising target secured. An outreach, learning, and skills programme will feed into the development of immersive exhibitions sharing the RAF’s contemporary story, including cyber and space.
Bespoke learning spaces and woodland landscaping will provide inspiring context and a new collections hub will enable the Museum’s stored collections to be shared with the public for the first time.
The development will support the Museum’s commitment to achieving Carbon Net Zero by 2030, and both its journey, and the RAF’s environmental commitment, will be shared onsite and online with visitors.
We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. The RAF Museum welcomes everyone and aims to ensure an enjoyable visit for all.
Our accessibility provisions include:
Examples of our further reasonable adjustments include:
Additional information regarding accessibility at both RAF Museum locations can be found below:
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org inserting “RAF Museum – Trustees” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:
Rebekah Abbott | email@example.com | 07538 270749
Jennifer Horan | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07519 070497
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
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.
Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 15th May 2023
Candidates informed of outcome: By Friday 26th May 2023
Interviews: Thursday 15th June 2023 and Monday 26th June 2023
Peridot and RAF Museum are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.
The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018.
The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.