New Chair of Trustees

We are looking for a new Chair to replace Alan Newman, who is stepping down in 2021 when his term of office expires.

The new Chair will lead a team providing strategic leadership to the Museum at a time of great change and development.


Overall Responsibilities

· To provide leadership and strategic direction to the board, ensuring it fulfils its responsibilities effectively for the governance of the Freud Museum London

· To support the Director to ensure that the organisation’s vision, mission and strategic objectives are clearly articulated and effectively delivered.

· Creating productive relationships with all Board members, and ensuring that their skills and experiences are properly used

· Chairing meetings, and planning the annual cycle of Board meetings, liaising with the Director over Board business

· Identify key governance decisions, allow for broad, well-founded discussion, and ensure that Board decisions are implemented.

· To help increase the Museum’s public profile, representing it at as appropriate at events, and be willing to assist with fundraising and networking on behalf of the Museum.

· Reviewing and appraising the performance of the Director

· Ensuring that the Company’s finances are appropriately managed, complying with relevant company laws and the principles laid down by the Charities Commission

The Chair also has all the duties and responsibilities of other Board members, outlined below.


Ideal characteristics and experience

· An awareness and interest in the work of the Museum, of the lives of Sigmund and Anna Freud, and the history of psychoanalysis.

· A proven track record of leadership with an inclusive and supportive management style

· Understanding and experience of governance and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Board membership and charitable trusteeship

· Ability to think strategically, to review and question management reports, plans and financial information

· The ability to act as an effective ambassador for the Museum

· Knowledge of the museums/heritage, arts, psychoanalytic, or charity sector

· Strong communication and relationship skills, capable of developing good and constructive relationships with Board members, Director, staff, stakeholders and supporters.

· Willingness to devote time, energy and effort to the duties and responsibilities of the Chair and Board

· Experience of fundraising for a charitable organization, and willingness to be involved in development and fundraising initiatives.


Time commitment

· The Board meets five times a year and usually holds a half day away day session once a year. Meetings are usually on a Tuesday evening from 6-8pm.

· The Chair should communicate regularly with the Director, and be available to her between meetings when needed.

· The Chair should be willing to visit the Museum regularly, coming to events or exhibition openings where possible, and be available to Director and senior staff members when needed.

To maintain and build the diversity of our Board, we welcome applications from all ages, gender and backgrounds.



To apply please send a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet our requirements and why you are interested in Chairing the Board, to Carol Seigel, the Director, at [email protected].

If you would like an informal discussion with the Chair or a member of the Nominations Committee, please email the Director as below to arrange.

Closing date Sunday 28 February 2021

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