Become a Trustee

Become a Trustee

The Cowper & Newton Museum are looking to recruit three new Trustees to their board.

We are looking for individuals with legal, fundraising, or marketing experience and a passion for museums. If this sounds like you, we’d love for you to get in touch!


The Museum exists to conserve, develop, and maximise access to its buildings, collections, and tranquil gardens, thereby promoting the public understanding and enjoyment of William Cowper and John Newton and some of the greatest stories of the 18th century. Olney is the home of the world-famous hymn Amazing Grace.


The Cowper & Newton Museum are looking to recruit three individuals to join their Board of Trustees, with particular interest in individuals with experience in one of the following areas (previous experience as a trustee is not necessary):

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Legal

The trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Museum and are collectively responsible for its governance. All Trustees work to ensure the Museum is sustainable and complies with the law.

The role of a trustee at the Cowper & Newton Museum is both hands-on and extremely rewarding. As a charitable organisation with only two part-time members of staff, the trustees not only manage the strategic planning and budget, but also play a role in day-to-day management.

We know that having different voices on our Board, shaping our vision and supporting our purpose will make us stronger. With this in mind, we welcome applications from anyone under-represented in our organisation and our sector.

The Role 

  • Provide support and guidance in your specific area of expertise.
  • Highlight the opportunities and risks in terms of our strategy.
  • Translate the risks and opportunities of your specific area for other trustees, to enable the Board as a whole to engage in an informed way.
  • Take the lead in evaluating proposals for your specific area of expertise.

Person Specification

It is essential that trustees should have/be:

  • A proven interest in the museum sector.
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively, demonstrate objectivity, good judgement, and analytical ability.
  • A willingness to learn.
  • Good communication, team-working and interpersonal skills.
  • Tactful, diplomatic, and able to build relationships.
  • Fair, impartial, and open to new ideas.

Recruitment Process

To register your interest please email Heritage Engagement Officer, Chris Madeley, providing contact details for two referees, a CV and a covering letter outlining why you would like this role and how you meet the person specification.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview at the Museum.


Please note:

Prior to being formally appointed, applicants will need to confirm that they are eligible to be a trustee by confirming they are:

  • Not disqualified from acting as a charity trustee or company director, not been removed from serving as a charity trustee, or been stopped from acting in a management position within a charity.
  • Not been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty (or any such conviction that is legally regarded as spent) and have not been involved in tax fraud.
  • Not an undischarged bankrupt or have not made compositions or arrangements with creditors from which they have not been discharged.
  • Not on the sex offenders’ register.

Role Description

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Our Museum building remains CLOSED.  We are opening our gardens on limited entry.  The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15 and Saturday 8th August 10.30 – 12.15

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