New Wave Trustees

We know that having a skilled, diverse and ambitious board helps museums thrive.

This project aims to recruit and train a ‘new wave’ of trustees to help refresh boards and bring new skills into museums.

Once trained, we will help match the individual with museums looking to recruit new board members.

We would like to recruit 12 individuals from across the South East to take part in the scheme.

Deadline for applications: Monday 28 February 2022


What is the New Wave Trustee programme?

The New Wave Trustee programme combines a trustee recruitment programme with bespoke support aimed specifically at museums who are looking to recruit new trustees.


For potential new trustees

Individuals with an interest in becoming a museum trustee will be invited to attend four short online workshops giving an introduction to the role of a trustee and sources of advice and support.  These sessions are open to anyone interested in finding out more, whether they are currently working in museums or are coming from outside the sector.  This opportunity could suit a freelance practitioner looking to widen their network, an early career professional keen to gain experience or a retired individual wanting to give back to their local community.  Becoming a trustee is a rewarding experience that benefits both the museum and your own professional development.

You will be invited to attend a series of 4 online workshops, Thinking of Becoming a Museum Trustee? on 16, 23, 30 March & 6 April  (5.30-6.45pm) 2022 to find out more.  We will then support you to find a role that suits you.

You can sign up for New Wave Trustees as an individual participant here.


For museums

Museums who are looking for new trustees will be invited to attend an online workshop focusing on best approaches to bringing new trustees on board.  Museums in the programme will also be given access to a toolkit of resources to support trustee recruitment and induction.

Museums will be invited to attend an online workshop  How to Recruit and Support New Trustees on Wednesday 6 April.  The New Wave Trustee programme will then provide 1:1 support to match potential new trustees with the museums who need them.

You can sign up for New Wave Trustees as a museum participant here.


Why now?

The role of a museum trustee is changing.  The last 2 years have really highlighted the need for museums to have a mix of skills and different perspectives within their board.  Many museums have recognised a need to strengthen and diversify their boards, but they need help to reach out to new trustees and to provide the grounding for those new to the role.

South East Museum Development has developed a bespoke programme to provide that help by recruiting and training a cohort of new trustees for museums across the south east.

Museum trustees do not need to be experts in the subject-matter of the museum.  A board of trustees is most effective when it includes people with a range of skills and perspectives united by a common desire to see the museum survive and thrive into the future.

If you have any further questions on the project, please contact our project lead Katrina Burton.

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