South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Join the SWFed Board

Being a trustee or county rep of the SWFed is a fantastic professional development opportunity. You will help shape the future of the organisation, share your knowledge and expertise, and build on your own experience.

There are a variety of interesting roles, and you can be considered at any stage of your career if you are a member. We have a very supportive culture and will help guide anyone with limited board experience. If you want to develop a certain skill, we will help with that. We know that your time and effort is valuable, so we want to provide you with a rewarding and fun experience.

"It’s a great experience, the people are lovely and supportive, and it can really help you develop skills which you may not otherwise be able to in your current job."
Paula Martin - Devon County Rep

You will need to be committed to giving your time and input to the organisation at an appropriate level - those who get the most out of being on the SWFed board are those that put more in.

If you would like to get involved, please email us. You can also nominate members to the Board. We have the following positions available:

Meetings Secretary (Conference)

Meetings Secretary (Conference - Job Description & Person Specification (Word)

Please read the Trustee Specification (Word / PDF) before applying.

"The most rewarding thing is the feedback from members - it is what sustains us as volunteers. For example, last year's conference was widely considered to be a great success, which was superb for the conference team to hear after all their hard work pulling it together."
Anna Bryant - Chair

Sub-committee volunteering and shadowing

From time to time, we have exciting opportunities for you to volunteer on one of our sub-committees or to shadow a board member. These are great if you want to get involved but aren't sure if you want to join the board just yet, or if there aren't any vacancies on the board. Your help will support our members and the wider heritage sector in the South West - it will also help drive our future plans. If you are interested in hearing about these opportunities, please email us at

Have your say

We are always interested in hearing from our members. You can use our website to submit news stories and ideas for blog posts. If you have any ideas about what we could do to support our members, please drop us an email.