South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Join the South West Fed Board

Being a trustee or county rep of the South West Fed 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 South West Fed board are those that put more in.

If you would like to get involved, please email info@swfed.org.uk You can also nominate members to the Board. Nominations for any role are welcome. We are particularly interested in nominations for the following positions:

Vice-Chair Job Description (Word)

Honorary Treasurer Job Description (Word)

County Reps Job Description (Word)

Please read the Generic Role Profile before applying for any Board position. This contains further information about all roles. Specific job descriptions for all roles not listed above are available upon request to info@swfed.org.uk

As a first step we encourage you to have an informal chat regarding any of the roles with the Chair in the first instance by emailing info@swfed.org.uk


"Being on the South West Fed Board has been fulfilling and rewarding. I've been able to make an impact for our members and develop a better understanding of that sector. In turn, this has helped me and my organisation. Best of all, being on the Board has enabled me to make new friends and colleagues. Highly recommended!"
Kevin Ward - Vice-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 info@swfed.org.uk

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.