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by Linda Fitzpatrick News

Trustee Vacancies
Trustee Vacancies

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is seeking a new Chair and Trustees to shape and guide the organisation’s future direction. We are looking for people who are committed to using their expertise and networks in support of our charitable objectives and goals.

New Chair and Trustees

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Voluntary (Unpaid)


Closing Date: Monday 22nd April 2024

Located in Anstruther, the Scottish Fisheries Museum was founded in 1969, to collect, record and interpret the history of the fishing industry in Scotland. The company which operates the museum is a registered charity, and the museum has expanded to occupy several adjacent properties. The charity holds over 65,000 artefacts, including historic fishing vessels and two currently operational vessels, recognised as a collection of national significance.

We are particularly looking for:

  • Financial experience, either in the charity or commercial sector – ideally a mixture of both
  • Experience of developing effective media and communications – as manager or user
  • Senior operational experience in a museum or third sector organisation
  • Experience of effective fundraising and successful grant applications/projects
  • Experience of charity governance and/or legal experience
  • Experience of working with volunteers

How to apply:

For an informal discussion about the role please contact To apply, please submit a statement of interest, including a brief biography detailing relevant experience, to . The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd April at 5pm and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Trustees are formally elected for a usual 3-year term at the AGM held in July each year but can be co-opted between AGMs.

More information

As company Directors and charity Trustees, the Board is responsible for leadership, direction, and oversight to a small team of nineteen, mostly part time, paid staff, plus significant volunteer support, which is vitally important to the museum.

The museum has come through the difficult Covid and post Covid period, but there are undoubtedly ongoing challenges. We are looking for new Trustees, including a new Chair, to lead the organisation over the next few years. We are looking to develop our resilience, combining our local context and commitment with the perspective that comes from a nationally recognised collection, presenting an industry that continues to be of national significance.

Trustees are not remunerated but can recover expenses. Trustees have carried a heavy load recently but are aiming to move to a more regular and less demanding schedule of formal Board meetings approx. every two months, alternating between on site and remote meetings. Trustees also contribute by serving on committees such as the Resources Committee and any ad hoc commitments including correspondence. The aim is for an annual commitment of 12-15 days.


The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd
St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
Tel (within UK): 01333 310628
Tel (from outside UK): +44 1333 310628
Charity Number: SC 006185 VAT Reg Number: 270 2790 64
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