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National Museums NI seeks new Chair and Board members

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is seeking to appoint a Chair and up to seven Trustees to the Board of National Museums NI.

The Minister is seeking to bring a wide range of interests and experiences to the Board. Expressions of interest are welcome from applicants with an interest in serving the museums sector, including individuals who have not previously held positions in this area. National Museums includes the Ulster Museum, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the Ulster American Folk Park and Armagh County Museum.

Commenting on the importance of these positions the Minister said: “The Board of Trustees of National Museums is responsible for our important and significant public collections. Its sites are amongst the most popular attractions and include the recently refurbished and award winning Ulster Museum.

“Trustees have an important role in contributing to learning, social cohesion and integration and reconciliation. The Board is expected to play a leading role in marking our decade of centenaries and have an important role in the growing tourism market for our local and international visitors.

Minister Ní Chuilín is encouraging women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to apply. She said: "Females are currently under-represented on the Board of Trustees and I would therefore particularly welcome applications from women. I would also encourage members of ethnic minority groups and people with a disability to apply for these positions so that we can have a board which is representative of our diverse society.”

The Board of Trustees has corporate responsibility for ensuring that National Museums fulfils its statutory remit, and delivers on the aims and objectives set by the Executive, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and for promoting the efficient, economic and effective use of staff and other resources by the organisation, including safeguarding of public funds and the promotion of propriety and value for money.

All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The final decision on appointments will rest with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 27 September 2013.

Further information can be obtained from Personnel & Facilities Management Branch, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Causeway Exchange, Level 10, 1- 7 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7EG; by telephoning 028 9051 5149; by textphone on 028 9052 7668; or by e-mailing: Details can also be found at:

Notes to editors:

1. This is a competition to appoint a Chair and up to seven Trustees to the Board of NMNI.

2. The essential criteria for the positions of Chair and Trustee are:

· An informed interest in the heritage of NI with an appreciation of the contributions which museums make to that heritage and the planning, organising and delivery of key messages to diverse audiences, both inside and outside the heritage sector.

· Demonstrable experience of, and commitment to, the positive promotion of equality and social inclusion, as well as the principles of anti-discrimination, through either professional or voluntary activity.

· Experience of providing strategic direction - gained in the public, private or community and voluntary sector – including overseeing the development and delivery of corporate strategies and business plans.

· Experience of corporate governance - gained in the public, private or community and voluntary sector - including managing or monitoring business and financial performance, balancing commercial fundraising with public values, and managing risk.

Additional Essential Criteria for Chair:

· Experience of leading an organisation in an executive or non-executive capacity, delivering or overseeing improved organisational performance on behalf of citizens, investors and key stakeholders;

· Experience of representing public, private or community and voluntary sector organisations at public events and to the government, senior policy makers, donors, sponsors and supporters.

3. All appointments will be for a term of up to four years which are expected to commence on 1 January 2014.

4. The Chair of the NMNI Board has a remuneration of £10,000 per annum plus travel and subsistence allowance. This post will require a commitment of at least three days per month.

5. Trustee positions are not remunerated but attract travel and subsistence allowances. The posts will require a commitment of at least one day per month.

6. The appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in NI in accordance with the requirement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI. All appointments are based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires any political activity of appointees to be published.

7. The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependants. We would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability, and people from minority ethnic groups for these positions.

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