Museum seeking Governance and Staffing Review Consultant

Tiverton Museum has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant, for a project ‘Attracting Audiences; Securing our Future’. The project includes essential work strengthening the museum to secure its future.

The project includes several strands of work, including a new business plan and building master plan (currently underway), which is being followed by a governance and staff review, the creation of a new audience development plan and then finishing with a new branding and marketing plan for the museum. For information the draft tenders for these other areas of work are available by clicking on the links in this paragraph (and will be advertised later in 2018).


The Governance and Staffing Review tender involves: 

A review of the people involved in the museum ensuring that the roles, skills and expertise are appropriate for delivering the new business plan (to be completed by early May).

The consultant will conduct the following tasks:

  • To undertake a skills audit of our current board and identify gaps in skills and expertise.
  • To work with the board and recruit new members to fill identified gaps in skills and expertise from audit (eg grant writing, development, and marketing) in line with the new business plan. 
  • To design a programme to develop the skills of all of the board members to ensure effective management without overall reliance on a small number of people.
  • To produce a succession plan for the board.
  • To review the existing staff roles in line with the new business plan created as part of this project, to ensure the best use of staff time is made in line with a balanced budget.
  • To review the use of volunteers at the museum and to identify ways in which volunteers can further support staff and trustees in day to day delivery at the museum. To identify how an increased number of volunteers will be managed (eg the creation of a volunteer co-ordinator).
  • To provide a clear practical report with recommendations for achieving the above (including identifying any required training for staff and volunteers), identifying realistic targets and recommended methods of evaluating each element

Fee: £8,400 including VAT and all expenses including travel.

The full tender brief and information on the application process can be found here.

Closing date for applications is end of the working day14/5/2018. Interviews will take place between 29/5/2018 and 8/6/2018. The work should ideally begin by 18/6/2018. The report should be presented to the museum by 3/8/2018, and board recruitment completed by 7/9/2018.

Please email applications to Pippa Griffith, Director at For an informal chat please contact Pippa on 01884 2566295.


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