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Inviting applications from staff to serve as Trustees at The Holburne Museum and Designability

Applications are invited from any member of University staff who would be willing to serve as a Trustee on the Board of two local charitable organisations.

The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum has been closely associated with the University of Bath for almost fifty years.

The recruitment of a new trustee comes at a time when both the Holburne and the University are committed to further deepening the relationship between the two institutions, a fact reflected in the Museum’s new management of the Andrew Brownsword Gallery at The Edge.

Prior to the pandemic, the Holburne Museum had been engaged in an exciting process of transformation under new leadership. Having come through the crisis of the last 18 months, the staff and board are committed to resuming that programme as we emerge from lockdown.

The Holburne’s vision is to make the Holburne an open, welcoming, inspiring and empowering space for everyone.

  • At the heart of this vision is the powerful relationship of art, creativity and social and personal wellbeing.
  • Their Vision is encapsulated by our slogan Changing Lives Through Art.
  • They seek to deliver their Mission with Ambition and Innovation, ensuring that they always do so in ways that are Inclusive, of the highest Quality, Relevant and Sustainable.

In particular, the Museum aims to further deepen its engagement with local communities through a range of programmes targeted at particular areas of need while continuing to bring great art to Bath and to reinforce the organisation’s sustainability, resilience and impact.

Applications are welcomed from staff with an enthusiastic commitment to art and museums and to working with the Holburne specifically. Whilst previous non-executive experience is desirable it is not essential.

Trustees attend at least four meetings a year, join a relevant subcommittee and participate in key events. Appointments are for a 3-year term in the first instance.

The Museum is a registered charity and these positions are voluntary and unpaid.

The Holburne is committed to diversity in its programmes, audiences, staff and volunteers. If you would like to know more about this role please contact the chair of Trustees, Edward Bayntun-Coward at

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 December 2021.


A UK charity transforming the lives of people with disabilities.

Designability is a UK charity transforming the lives of people with disabilities. Their team of designers and engineers creates products to help people who are facing challenges every day through life-changing assistive technologies. Formed over 50 years ago as a joint venture between the University of Bath and the Royal United Hospitals Trust, the charity is now fully independent, and has a surprisingly broad reach with disabled people across the UK and around the world using their products.

Resulting from this founding partnership, the University appoints two members of the Designability trustee board. These appointed trustees act wholly in the capacity of a charity trustee, with the role solely focussed on effective governance of Designability through the duties and responsibilities defined by the Charity Commission.

Being a trustee is a voluntary role and as such, trustees receive no remuneration. However reasonable expenses can be claimed, for attendance at board meetings and other related events.

Trustees are appointed for up to three terms of office of three years and are expected to have a commitment to the mission of Designability and the ability to meet the time requirements. These are eight two-hour Board or sub-committee meetings a year and an annual Away Day.

Applications are sought from individuals, particularly from those with lived experience of disability, who have the skills to join both the Board and the Finance & Governance Committee, and full details are provided in the attached pack. Whilst previous non-executive or similar experience is desirable it is not essential.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Catharine Brown CEO at

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 December 2021.