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Interim Head of Transformation

North East England

  • Reference: 382583
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: Circa £80K - £90K or equivalent day rate
  • Location: Barnard Castle

The Opportunity:

Nigel Wright have been appointed to support the Bowes Museum with the recruitment of an interim Head of Transformation for a one year period.  The Head of Transformation will lead the process of establishing a new vision for the future viability of Museum, supported by a business model and strategic approach that will transform the organisation and ensure successful delivery of that vision.


The Bowes Museum stands on the edge of the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts.  The French style chateau became a registered charity in 2000 and in 2017 it became an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.  The Museum in partnership with Durham County Council has been successful in receiving a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a transformation project to create a long-term sustainable and viable business model.

The Role:

  • Establishing a new vision and mission for the Museum.
  • Leading organisational change across all areas including governance, staffing and training, succession planning, commercial strategy, business planning and financial modelling.
  • Establishing, leading and being actively involved with external advisors and consults.
  • Leading on the creation of a new 2020 – 2025 business plan for the Museum in conjunction with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Managing and delivering the Resilient Heritage Grant for the Museum, in line with all applicable terms and conditions and funding regulations.
  • Ensuring all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget.
  • Creating and maintaining comprehensive project documentation.
  • Working effectively with a range of stakeholders including Durham County Council, Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.
  • Providing a variety of regular reports to trustees and other key stakeholders.

Person Spec:

  • Significant experience of managing people, projects and organisations through a process of change.
  • A strong track record of working at a strategic level within a partnership working arrangement.
  • Budget and P&L management experience along with competence of developing feasibility studies and business plans for investment.
  • Excellent communication and multi-stakeholder influencing skills.
  • Experience in the cultural sector would be advantageous but is not essential.  Applications from individuals from different sectors with the above experience are encouraged.
  • The appointment may be on either a fixed-term contract or day rate consultancy basis.

The closing date for applications for this position is Wednesday 20th November 2019.

Please apply online if you are interested in being considered for the position, or for further information please contact – 01740 617 738 or – 0191 269 0662.

Please note that Nigel Wright are the retained partner on this appointment and any direct or third party applications will be forwarded for consideration as part of the Nigel Wright process.

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