Leeds, West Yorkshire

unremunerated

Voluntary

Job Description

Can you provide leadership to a museum that changes lives – and helps people to change the world?

The Thackray Medical Museum is the UK’s foremost independent medical museum, with a mission to inspire the public with the purpose and passion of medicine and healthcare. Housed in the former Leeds Union Workhouse – the site that grew eventually into the St James’s Hospital campus of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust – the museum combines a world-class collection, a unique historic building and a strategic location within one of the most important centres of medical teaching, research and practice in the country.

Having secured both £4m of capital funding and Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status, the museum is being redeveloped prior to a relaunch in the summer of 2020. New public access, a refreshed brand and bold new public programmes will help establish the museum as an innovative and inclusive platform for people to discover their own agency in shaping the future, not only of their own personal health but in the whole sphere of medicine and healthcare.

Having completed two terms, our current Chair, Keith Ramsay, will be stepping down in November 2019. We are looking to appoint a new Chair who can provide the leadership we need to take the museum to a new level of operation as we re-launch – to challenge our people and stakeholders to think bolder, bigger and better and to secure the results to match. Our new Chair will be an inspirational leader with experience of governance at a non-executive director or Chair level. They will be a great motivator and effective delegator. They will have a flair for stakeholder and relationship management. They may have good knowledge of any of a range of sectors, from Arts and Heritage to Research and Innovation but, whatever their professional background, we are keen to find a Chair who can combine leadership skills with lived experience that gives them a good understanding of, and empathy for, our diverse museum audiences.