Royal Armouries


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    18 June 2019

  • Client

    Royal Armouries

Ref: GSe51875

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world. The collection of c.70,000 items – apart from the c.2700 loans to other bodies – is now displayed and housed not only at the Tower of London but also at its purpose-built museum in Leeds and at Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth.  It currently employs 160 staff and receives nearly two million visitors a year across the three sites.

This is a very exciting time for the Royal Armouries, having substantially increased its commercial operations, and now in the process of devising a masterplan to transform the museum brand and its offer at the main museum site in Leeds.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is now seeking to appoint an outstanding individual as the next chair of the Royal Armouries, to take the Museum forward as this new critical period in its history. The ideal candidate will have a passion for cultural heritage, a commitment to public service, strong commercial acumen and a successful track record in public service, heritage management, or business. The successful candidate will be central to taking the Royal Armouries forward and putting it on a long-term sustainable footing, including through playing a key part in raising funds for the museum’s ambitious plans and programme.

Further details can be found on the Centre for Public Appointments website.

Closing Date 10.00am - Wednesday 19th June 2019
Sift of applications by clientFriday 28th June 2019
Final Panel Interviews Wednesday 7th August 2019
How to apply
  • A comprehensive CV (no more than 3 pages).
  • A detailed supporting statement that fully addresses the essential criteria as set out in the Person Specification along with your motivation for applying.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring page. The information on this page will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. This information will not be treated as part of your application.

Prior to submitting an application please contact Jo Thornton ( or Mark Bate ( 

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, then Joanna Thornton or Mark Bate (0113 205 6288) will be pleased to take your call. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.