Trustee Roles

The River & Rowing Museum Foundation is an independent charity. The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the organisation. They meet regularly to review plans and policies, and receive reports and updates from staff.

Our recent strategic planning has highlighted the need to attract new specialist skills to our Board to form a well-rounded team capable of providing strategic oversight and guidance to all elements of our work.

We are looking for Trustees with expertise in the areas of:
 – Digital communications/marketing/e-commerce
 – Museums & Collections
 – Fundraising

These roles present an exciting opportunity to work with us at a key point in our development. We are looking for three Trustees who share our ambition for the River & Rowing Museum to continue to develop and deliver on its core mission and educational objectives, whilst retaining a leading position in the sector.

The main functions of the Board of Trustees of the River & Rowing Museum are to:

Set the overall strategic aims and objectives of the Museum.
To act as an advocate and ambassador for the Museum to a range of external stakeholders.
To ensure that the River & Rowing Museum acts in accordance with its charitable objectives and remains true to its vision and values.
Ensure that the collections and knowledge about them are safeguarded, both now and for the future, through effective care, management and documentation.
Ensure the provision of a high quality, user-friendly service, centred on the collections and wider Museum activities.
Be responsible for the proper performance of the Museum and its stewardship of assets, and to monitor performance.
Support the River & Rowing Museum in its efforts to secure funding for revenue and capital needs.
Provide an appropriate steer for the Director and Senior Management Team.

Trustee candidates will ideally bring all or most of the following qualities:

An understanding of and enthusiasm for the work of the River & Rowing Museum, along with a commitment to its objectives and values.
Knowledge and experience of the charity and /or cultural sector.
The ability to think and work strategically.
An understanding of the needs of a diverse audience.
Good communication skills.
An understanding of the need to build self-generated income.
Ability to work as part of a team and willingness to take collective responsibility for the governance of the charity.
Willingness and capacity to devote the necessary time and effort, including attendance at fundraising and stakeholder events.
Extensive networks and a willingness to draw on contacts as appropriate.

For all roles, candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, be willing to be an ambassador for RRM, be interested in developing opportunities and have the vision to achieve excellence and an appreciation of the charity sector, particularly within heritage.

Eastside Primetimers is supporting us in recruiting for this role. Please download the candidate information pack for further information before you apply.

Please email a CV and cover letter indicating why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements to Marlijn Wijkhuizen, If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Marlijn to arrange a convenient time for you and us.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th March, with shortlisting telephone interviews taking place that week/the week after. Interviews will take place in London on 9th April.


As an independent charity, we are constantly looking for new volunteers for various roles within the Museum.

Do you enjoy visiting museums and art galleries? Do you have a few spare hours a week? Would you like to learn more about our exhibitions? We would love to hear from you!

Benefits of volunteering at the River & Rowing Museum:

  • The opportunity to contribute to the work of a Museum with a diverse programme of exhibitions and events, and a nationally important permanent collection
  • Valuable work experience for those wishing to work in the culture and heritage sector
  • Free admission to the Museum
  • Access to members’ only events
  • 10% discount on children’s workshops and adult lectures
  • 10% discount on admission for up to two friends or family
  • 10% discount in the Museum shop
  • 50% discount in the Museum Café

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The River & Rowing Museum is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.