The National Museum of the Royal Navy was established in 2008 and is a charity, a company limited by guarantee and a Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. We are an ambitious and growing national museum, recognised for our innovation and achievement and for continuing to deliver high-quality services in a challenging economic climate. We are one of the few headquartered outside London, acquiring key sites that tell the story of the Royal Navy and reflecting its operations on the sea, under the sea, on the land and in the air. Our vision is to become the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum, enabling people to learn, enjoy and engage with the epic story of the Royal Navy and its impact in shaping the modern world.
The National Museum, with its headquarters in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, has seen significant change in the past ten years and our heritage attractions now include: the Royal Navy Submarine Museum with Cold War-era HMS Alliance (Gosport); Explosion, the Museum of Naval Firepower (Gosport); the Fleet Air Arm Museum (Yeovilton), home to 103 aircraft; and the Royal Marines Museum, due to transfer into a brand new museum in the Historic Dockyard in 2020. Our fleet of historic naval ships includes: Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s iconic flagship HMS Victory; HMS Warrior 1860; First World War Gallipoli campaign survivor HMS M33; HMS Caroline (Belfast); and, the U.K’s oldest historic fighting ship still afloat, HMS Trincomalee (Hartlepool). Our reach is extended through our developing network of affiliates which includes: the Frigate Unicorn (Dundee); HMS Wellington (London); the Medusa Trust (Portsmouth); the HMS Courageous Association (Devonport); the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust (Portsmouth); Haslar Heritage Group (Gosport); and the D-Day Museum (Portsmouth).
The National Museum attracted 1.2 million visitors to its sites in 2016/17, with figures published by ALVA (The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) showing it to be the 6th most visited attraction outside of London and Scotland. We employ 350 staff supported by a team of 320 volunteers.
Further information about the National Museum of the Royal Navy can be found on its website www.nmrn.org.uk/about-nmrn
The National Museum’s Articles of Association make provision for up to 15 Trustees, who are also the Members and Directors of the National Museum of the Royal Navy for the purposes of company law, and who collectively form the Board.
The role of the Board of the National Museum of the Royal Navy includes responsibility for: ensuring the distinct legal obligations and charitable objectives are fulfilled within an overall policy and strategy framework; the provision of overall leadership and development of strategy; and ensuring high standards of corporate governance are maintained, with effective control systems and decision-making processes in place. In addition to the Board of Trustees, there is a separate NMRN Operations Board, charged with responsibility for the operational delivery of the corporate priorities. Two trustees from the Main Board are also NMRN Operations trustees. The day-to-day operation of the National Museum is delegated to the Director General (also the Accounting Officer) and to the Executive Directors.
The Board of Trustees meets four times a year to set the long-term strategic objectives of the National Museum, agree corporate priorities and review performance. The Board undertakes a periodic review of its membership and skills sets and new appointments are made on the basis of what skills trustees believe the Board needs to deliver its strategy or tackle specific issues.
There are also four committees covering the key areas of operations and include:
Audit and Governance Committee
Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Collections, Research, Access and Learning Committee
The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Trustees are not subject to Ministerial appointment, however, the appointments process will be conducted under the Governance Code on Public Appointments, which is based on the three core principles of merit, openness and fairness.
The Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles) defines the ethical standards expected of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Trustees.
Trustees’ responsibilities are defined in the Charity Commission’s publication CC3 “The Essential Trustee”.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy promotes an equal opportunities policy. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. We particularly welcome applications from female and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are currently under-represented on our Board.
Term of appointment
Trustees are appointed for an initial term of 5 years, with the opportunity to extend for a further term subject to performance reviews.
How to Apply
A CV of no more than two sides of A4: this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodes and details of any publications or awards.
A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, clearly setting out how you meet the criteria and skills as set out above
The completed Trustees’ Declaration Form, the Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.
Completed applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About National Museum of the Royal Navy
The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
On 28th June 1911, The Dockyard Museum opened in Portsmouth, growing and evolving into the Royal Naval Museum, which then became a part of the newly formed National Museum of the Royal Navy in September 2009.
The Museum changed its name to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, as the overall organisation grew to also encompass The Royal Marines Museum, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower.
In 2015, we opened First World War Monitor HMS M.33 to the public, and in 2016 we added HMS Caroline in Belfast, and the Hartlepool Maritime Experience and HMS Trincomalee to the National Museum of the Royal Navy family.
Our museums include the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth (including HMS Victory and First World War Gallipoli campaign survivor HMS M.33); the Royal Marines Museum at Eastney, Portsmouth; the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion, the Museum of Naval Firepower, both in Gosport and the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset. Joining the historic fleet is the UK’s oldest historic fighting ship still afloat, HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool and its historic quayside which will be known as The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool. Affiliates include HMS Unicorn (Dundee); HMS Wellington (London); the Medusa Trust (Portsmouth); the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust (Portsmouth) and the D-Day Museum (Portsmouth) and ships under its care include HMS Caroline in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The NMRN has a simple Vision, ‘to be the world’s most respected Naval Museum, underpinned by a spirit of enterprise and adventure”, and;
Our Goal is, to promote the traditions and public understanding of the Royal Navy and its constituent branches, past, present and future’.