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Scarborough Museums Trust Seeking New Chair For Board of Trustees

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Scarborough Museums Trust is seeking a new Chair for its Board of Trustees. The position is currently held by Professor Pete Rawson, who is stepping down after seven years as Chair.

SMT’s chief executive, Debbie Seymour, said:

"We are hugely indebted to Pete for all his hard work as a member of the steering committee which helped fundraise for the Rotunda restoration, and set up the Trust and then as a founding member of the Board of Trustees in 2004 and latterly as Chair over the last seven years."

Scarborough Museums Trust carries significant responsibility to make sure that Scarborough’s rich heritage, from important geological and archaeological collections, including Gristhorpe Man, to ephemera and a photographic collection reflecting Scarborough’s history as the first seaside resort, are accessible and celebrated by the communities which engage with Scarborough – its residents, neighbours and visitors.

The Trust has ambitious plans for the development of the Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery and Scarborough Collections, all of which it runs. The Chair is therefore an important appointment for the future cultural landscape of Scarborough.

The new Chair will be required to provide leadership for the Board of Trustees, guiding and supporting the executive team in taking take the Trust to the next stage of its development. Working in partnership with the Chief Executive, the new Chair will assist the Trust in realising its strategic aims, to provide Scarborough with the cultural offering which its community deserves from its heritage and collections.

Candidates for the role should have the credibility and stature to Chair the board effectively.  He/she will have some connection to Scarborough and/or the region, will be able to relate to multiple stakeholders and be a champion for the organisation. An understanding of the fund-raising challenges for charitable trusts and an ability to give appropriate support to the executive will both be important attributes as will effective relationships with stakeholders, including Scarborough Borough Council, Trust donors, visitors, schools and other cultural organisations. The role of Chair of the trustees is voluntary, non-executive and unpaid, although reasonable expenses are paid.

For more information or to receive an application pack, please telephone Liz Amos Associates on +44 (0) 7841 419 782 or +44 (0) 20 7464 4352; or contact Mary Deegan

Closing date for applications is Monday 14 September 2015.

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