South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Director - Royal Institution of Cornwall

The Royal Institution of Cornwall, a charity that runs the Royal Cornwall Museum, is seeking to appoint an inspirational leader who possesses exceptional strategic, interpersonal and ambassadorial skills. The primary focus of the role over the next five years is to refine, communicate and deliver the RIC’s charitable purpose and ensure it is delivering impact for its beneficiaries. The Director is responsible for running the Royal Cornwall Museum and is accountable for safeguarding and interpreting its collections, building its reputation and increasing audience reach. As Director you will provide inspirational leadership and vision. Working with the Board to develop and implement potentially radical long-term strategies for the organisation, including instigating new governance and staffing structures, that increase levels of impact and promote long term financial sustainability. Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • To lead the radical evolution of the RIC’s purpose, aims, objectives and priorities in discussion with the Board, taking overall responsibility for all aspects of RIC’s cultural and commercial strategy
  • To be accountable to the Board for implementing the RIC’s objectives within agreed strategy, business plans and resources to create maximum impact for the Charity
  • To ensure appropriate governance and staffing arrangements are in place to comply with all relevant legislation and best practice to deliver an efficient, effective, safe and accountable organisation
  • To oversee a compelling exhibition programme for the Museum and Library that balances the interpretation, maintenance and production of permanent and temporary exhibitions with sound financial management and which actively seeks new audiences
  • To shape and support the RIC’s engagement, learning and outreach work; ensuring it reaches all areas of the Cornish community to achieve maximum public benefit
  • To take overall responsibility for RIC’s commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity and achieve the greatest possible equality and diversity in all aspects of its work External
  • To ensure positive positioning and reputation of the RIC and its work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • To fulfil RIC’s commitment to the Cornwall Museum Partnership and ensure maximum benefit for the Museum of its NPO funding
  • To take lead responsibility for RIC’s relationships with its principal funders, donors and investors to maintain a managing developmental oversight on all those relationships
  • To provide effective leadership for RIC’s relationships with other external partners
  • To represent the RIC as appropriate with the media, on public platforms and in print nationally and internationally, modelling personally all the behaviours of the RIC’s values Internal
  • To take overall executive responsibility for all aspects of the management of the RIC and its resourcing and finances, ensuring that it is run on effective and efficient business lines
  • To liaise with the Chair and Trustees of the RIC Board to ensure the company maintains the highest standards of governance
  • To ensure financial control throughout the company at all times, and that all staff observe budgetary discipline
  • To lead the RIC’s team, ensuring its members’ fulfilment of their respective roles and responsibilities
  • To ensure the ongoing engagement and development of staff throughout the company
  • To develop organisational budgets and organisational targets for endorsement by the Board and/or its committees and to monitor, review and report those targets
  • To monitor the performance of staff under direct line management
  • To ensure the organisation is legally compliant and that the safety of public, staff, volunteers and freelancers, and others on the premises is managed by the RIC at all times

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Julie Seyler, Vice Chair, on 07969919871. For further information and application form please contact Ian Wall at or go to

Organisation name: Royal Institution of Cornwall

Contact name: Ian Wall

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01872242780

Contact website:

Type: Full-time (permanent)

Salary: £55k but negotiable for an exceptional candidate

Location: Truro, Cornwall

Deadline for completed applications: Monday 17 June 2019

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