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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Meetings usually held virtually with one in-person meeting annually, usually in Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 23rd May 2024

  • Advertised from 30th April 2024


Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for Scotland’s museums and galleries. We support museums and galleries throughout Scotland , through strategic investment, workforce development, advice, and advocacy.

We are currently looking for a new Chair with substantial experience of charity governance and experience of working with the Scottish Government. The ideal candidate will act as a passionate advocate for Scotland’s museums and galleries and lead our Board in supporting MGS to effectively develop and champion Scotland’s museums and galleries sector. The role involves leading the Board in its responsibilities in setting the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring it is financially and operationally robust. The Chair works closely with the CEO and supports her and MGS staff in applying its resources responsibly in pursuit of MGS’ objectives.

We would like to hear from candidates who have a track record of leadership, operating at board level in the public, or voluntary sectors. Candidates should have strong corporate governance experience, including charity governance, with an understanding of the Scottish political environment and experience engaging with government. Candidates should also have a commitment and appreciation of the importance of museums and galleries as integral institutions of Scotland’s cultural sector.

For further information on the role including more about MGS, key responsibilities and person specification please download the candidate information pack.

This post is unremunerated and reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Initial three-year term with option to extend for a further three years.

See the role on our website.

Application notes

Having read the candidate information pack please apply by sending your CV and covering letter, outlining your interest in joining the Board, your experience to date, and what you would bring to the role to: by 23 May at 09:00.

If you have any access requirements that mean you would prefer to submit a video, audio or alternative application format in response, please contact us.

If you would like to find out more about the role before applying and would like an informal conversation with our CEO, Lucy Casot and/or one of our Trustees please contact Gillian Shaw at

MGS wants to ensure that our recruitment is fair and does not discriminate against any group. We would be grateful therefore if you would also complete and submit the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form below. The information provided in the monitoring form is not used in the selection process and the selection and interview panels do not see the information contained in these monitoring forms.

Please note that details supplied may be held in electronic and paper files for administration purposes only during the recruitment process. We retain recruitment files for six months following the date of interview, after which they are shredded and disposed of.

Closing date: 23 May 2024 at 09:00

Interviews (online) are due to be held on 19 June 2024