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IN March this year, Lyme Regis Museum will be 100 years old. We’ve come a long way in recent years; we’ve doubled the size of the museum and the glorious summer of 2018 saw the museum attract almost 33,000 visitors – our highest ever.
In these more challenging times, our charity has been able to win significant emergency funding from Arts Council England and we face the future with optimism and confidence.
After many years’ service, our current chairman, John Dover, is stepping down. Our museum is looking for a new chair to continue the great work done by John and his predecessor, Stephen Locke.
Of course, the role of chair of the museum is a voluntary role. Organisations like ours are led by a board of trustees, and it’s the chair’s role to lead this board which has legal responsibility for the good governance of the trust.
We’re searching nationwide for the right person, but really want to make sure that we are not missing out on a natural leader on our own doorstep.
The museum also has a subsidiary company which runs our shop and our famous fossil walks, the company is run by a small board of directors, and reports back to the board of trustees.
Our board meets for times a year and on top of steering these meetings, the chair also works closely with the museum director and on occasions other groups of trustees and partners.
It is a post that calls for strategic vision and the ability to seek compromise. Having a good understanding of the cultural world is important, as the museum has close relationships with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, the Jurassic Coast Trust and very importantly, Dorset Council.
We’re very much seeking an experienced person who feels they are able to rise to the challenge of leading our diverse and very able team of trustees, staff and volunteers through a period of change, as we strive to raise more of our own income, provide more benefits for local people and plan our next major programmes and initiatives.
If you are interested, please contact David Tucker, museum director, on email@example.com for an informal chat and more details. We look forward to hearing from you.