Bewdley Museum Legal Trustee

Job Title: Bewdley Museum Legal Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Bewdley
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J72604
Job Published: April 20, 2021 12:57

Job Description

Bewdley Museum is based in the centre of Bewdley town and is a Museum serving the whole of Wyre Forest. Entry is free. The role of the Museum is broadly to conserve and display the unique collections of the Wyre Forest area, for the enjoyment of the public.

Help us to establish an Independent Trust at a Local Authority heritage museum in Bewdley working as part of a new board to negotiate and manage the transition.


Role summary

As a Trustee of Bewdley Museum, you will participate fully as a Board member, agreeing strategies and the business plan, promoting ideas, exercising judgement and taking collective decisions on the full range of strategic responsibilities such as budget setting and monitoring, appointment and dismissal of staff and setting their terms and conditions,  building maintenance, collections and disposal policies, contractual arrangements and so on. Throughout you will be generally supporting the aims and objectives of the organisation and complying with charity law and your duties as a trustee. 


Person description

A qualified lawyer, able to prepare, review and advise on a range of legal documents impacting the Museum’s operation.

Ability to provide leadership and advice in all legal matters, especially with regard to Charitable law.


Where the trustee would be expected to lead

  • Reviewing all of the governance documentation and advising the shadow board on its implications;
  • Overseeing and presenting legal overview to the board of trustees on all matters relating to Bewdley Museum;
  • Advising on all the organisation’s legal policies and matters arising or seeking external advice where identified as necessary;
  • Reviewing contracts, agreements with external agencies such as funders, collaborators, consultants and statutory bodies, ensuring that all documents meet the conditions of contractual agreements;
  • Managing legal risks with a considered, proportionate and balanced approach;
  • Dealing with the Charity Commission when/where appropriate;
  • Liaising with designated staff or outside contracted individuals about legal matters;
  • Ensuring the Museum is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit;
  • Helping to update, and ensuring the Museum complies with, its governing document and UK laws in general.

The behaviours you will be expected to demonstrate as a trustee include:

  • Acting in the best interests of the organisation at all times
  • Working together and not pursuing personal or sectional interests at the expense of organisation interests
  • Respecting the confidential nature of information relating to the business of the charity in accordance with information governance and data protection policies. 


What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an excellent opportunity to be actively involved with a successful heritage museum. You would become part of our small, friendly team and have the opportunity to use your time to build on and develop your skills, make a real difference in establishing a new trust on a successful footing and in developing its role in the future.  


Time commitment

The time commitment will be variable. It is anticipated that there will be a need for greater time commitment in the early months.


How to apply

Please apply via the Reach Volunteering site.

You will need to provide: (a) a statement (maximum 2 pages, minimum font size 11) setting out why you are interested in being appointed as a trustee and how your experience and skills meet the role specification; (b) your CV (minimum font size 11) setting out a summary of your educational and professional qualifications, your work experience (whether in paid work or as a volunteer, and if relevant as a company director or charity trustee), and such other information about you as you consider relevant to the role.

Deadline: 30th April 2021