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Finance trustee and digital trustee

Collections Trust
Anywhere in United Kingdom
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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Trustees & Chair
Arts / Culture
Part Time
Contract Type
Board / C-Suite

Job Details

Collections Trust is a small, but influential, charity with a unique place in the museum landscape. This is an especially consequential year for us: in September, we - along with Art UK and the University of Leicester - launch the Museum Data Service. Many years in the planning, and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, MDS is a transformative new service that aims to connect and share all the object records across all UK museums. It will be a gamechanger for UK museums, but also for Collections Trust itself, offering strategic opportunities for us to help museums connect audiences and collections as never before.

At this exciting time, we are looking for two new trustees to join our collegial board and complement its existing skills and diversity: a finance trustee and a digital trustee. The roles are voluntary, with a commitment of four full board meetings a year, plus occasional interim planning meetings as needed. The finance trustee, and some other trustees, also serve on an audit committee that meets twice a year. The board has decided to continue meeting online, so travel is likely to be limited to one in-person awayday per year, for which expenses may be claimed in line with our expenses policy. However, we are looking for board members who are based in the UK. Trustees usually serve an initial term of three years, which may be extended for a further three.

Finance trustee requirements


  • Qualified accountant with strong analytical and evaluation skills.
  • Relevant risk management experience.
  • Sound understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of charity governance.


  • Knowledge charity finance requirements.
  • Experience of reviewing HR and other policies in the context of a small charity.
  • Interest in museums.

Digital trustee requirements


  • Proven experience in a leadership role within the tech industry.
  • Understanding of current and emerging digital technologies, trends, and innovations relevant to the cultural sector.
  • Interest in the potential of digital technology to transform museums and enhance their impact.
  • No potential conflicts of interest arising from links with Spectrum Partner companies.


  • Knowledge of cybersecurity and data protection issues to help board oversight of risk management and legal compliance relating to digital activity.
  • Connections with key players in the tech industry to explore potential collaborations and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Ideally, plugged into developments around emerging digital infrastructure to support UK research.


Collections Trust helps museums work with the information that connects audiences and collections. Our standards and advice are used around the world to make museum collections accessible.

The core of our work is Spectrum, the collection management standard used by every Accredited museum in the UK, and by many more from the Arctic to the Andes.

In England, we are one of Arts Council England’s Investment Principles Support Organisations (IPSO) within the ACE National Portfolio (2023-27). As an IPSO Collections Trust will support others to embed the ACE Investment Principles. We have an ambitious programme of ACE-funded activity planned over this period, including free training and advice through our outreach programme. We also deliver other training and consultancy projects, potentially anywhere in the world.

Our history stretches back to the 1970s and the pioneering work of IRGMA, the Information Retrieval Group of the Museums Association. In 1977, this group formed the Museum Documentation Association. Since 2008, as Collections Trust, we have continued the work begun over four decades ago.

A key aim of that work was – and still is – to connect collections information from different museums. We are therefore delighted to be collaborating with Art UK and the University of Leicester of the transformative new Museum Data Service, which over coming years will become an increasingly important part of tackling some longstanding collection management challenges across the sector.

Company info
0330 179 8385
Rutland House
23-25 Friar Lane
United Kingdom

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