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Chair of Trustees and Trustee Positions

The Thackray Medical Museum is the UK’s foremost independent medical museum, with a mission to inspire the public with the purpose and passion of medicine and healthcare. Housed in the former Leeds Union Workhouse – the site that grew eventually into the St James’s Hospital campus of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust – the museum combines a world-class collection, a unique historic building and a strategic location within one of the most important centres of medical teaching, research and practice in the country.

Having secured both £4m of capital funding and Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status, the museum is being redeveloped prior to a relaunch in the summer of 2020. New public access, a refreshed brand and bold new public programmes will help establish the museum as an innovative and inclusive platform for people to discover their own agency in shaping the future, not only of their own personal health but in the whole sphere of medicine and healthcare.

Chair of Trustees:  Unremunerated, c. 20 days per year

Can you provide leadership to a museum that changes lives – and helps people to change the world?

Having completed two terms, our current Chair, Keith Ramsay, will be stepping down in November 2019. We are looking to appoint a new Chair who can provide the leadership we need to take the museum to a new level of operation as we re-launch – to challenge our people and stakeholders to think bolder, bigger and better and to secure the results to match. Our new Chair will be an inspirational leader with experience of governance at a non-executive director or Chair level. They will be a great motivator and effective delegator. They will have a flair for stakeholder and relationship management. They may have good knowledge of any of a range of sectors, from Arts and Heritage to Research and Innovation but, whatever their professional background, we are keen to find a Chair who can combine leadership skills with lived experience that gives them a good understanding of, and empathy for, our diverse museum audiences.

Closing date for applications is Monday 9 September.

Download an application pack:

Job Specification (PDF 120KB)
Museum Annual Report (PDF 617KB)
RIBA Stage 3 Architectural Report (PDF 5.77MB)
Display Themes and Concepts (PDF 2.24MB)

Trustee: Unremunerated, c. 4 – 12 days per year

Can you join the Board of a museum that changes lives – and helps people to change the world?

In 2019, several of our Trustees (and our Chair) will be stepping down, having completed their terms of office. We are looking to appoint new Trustees to bring the blend of professional and lived experience we need to take the museum to a new level of operation. We need a combination of motivated and imaginative people with a range of skills who can help us to think bolder, bigger and better and to secure the results to match. Our Trustees will combine a passion for the museum’s mission with a good understanding of and/or experience of governance at a non-executive level. With a clear mission to benefit the public, we are looking to recruit Trustees who both represent and reflect that public across a broad spectrum They will bring a dynamic diversity of opinion and background to the table and draw in knowledge of sectors such as museums and culture, digital and media, medicine and health technology, learning and research. We are looking for the right balance of responsible governance and creative enterprise to create an environment where our people and stakeholders can flourish and achieve new levels of performance.

Closing date for applications is Friday 4 October.

Download an application pack:

Job Specification (PDF 109KB)
Museum Annual Report (PDF 617KB)
RIBA Stage 3 Architectural Report (PDF 5.77MB)
Display Themes and Concepts (PDF 2.24MB)

How to Apply
Application for these positions is in writing by the dates listed above. However, we are very happy to discuss them informally in advance with you.

If you would like to arrange a visit to the museum, to meet its CEO, Nat Edwards and find out more about our plans, please email nat.edwards@thackraymuseum.org or phone 0113 205 6528.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about either role with our current Chair Keith Ramsay, please email keith@keithramsay.com or call 07989851744

To formally apply for the role of Chair, or Trustee, please email nat.edwards@thackraymuseum.org with your current C.V. and a written statement setting out how you meet the requirements of the role.

The Thackray is an inclusive organization, committed to principles of equality and diversity. If, for any reason you would prefer to submit your application in a format other than in writing (e.g. as an audio or video file), please contact Nat Edwards via the contact details above or else by mail at: Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN