TWAM Development Trust roles

Chair of the TWAM Development Trust

Are you the outstanding, ambitious, experienced individual we need to chair the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) Development Trust?

Your role as trustee and chair will help us achieve our long-term goals and skilfully transmit the message of TWAM’s value and importance to businesses, individuals and the community.  TWAM’s development trust focuses on raising awareness, interest and funds for TWAM from key markets.

As Chair of the Development Trust you will have strong networking and communication skills. You will be assertive and clear thinking with the ability to negotiate. You will also have strong strategic awareness and be able to identify new income opportunities and ‘open doors.’ Most importantly you will have a strong passion and commitment to the vision and objectives of TWAM.

It’s an exciting time at TWAM, with the Great Exhibition of the North taking place in 2018, and major new funding successes bringing national exhibitions, a superb gallery extension and outstanding museum displays to our nine museums and art galleries, which attracted almost 1,300,000 visitors last year.

We are now putting in place an ambitious plan to treble philanthropic income by 2022. This work is supported by a £122,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will boost our fundraising resources.

TWAM is a multi-award winning regional museum, art gallery and archives service which is supported by the four local authorities and Newcastle University. We are hugely proud of its achievements, and the Development Trust is an important part of TWAM’s future success. You will be involved with our Director, management team and fundraising staff on projects that transform the lives of our audiences and communities.

Further information about TWAM's Development Trust

Further information about the role of Chair of TWAM's Development Trust

Application Process

Please apply for this post by sending a CV and 2 page covering letter to

glenn.asher-gordon@twmuseums.org.uk by Friday 27 October.

 Please be advised interviews for this position are scheduled to take place Monday 20 November.

If you would like an informal discussion with the Director of TWAM, Iain Watson, please contact iain.watson@twmuseums.org.uk  Tel: 0191 277 2276


Trustees of the TWAM Development Trust

Are you the outstanding, experienced, enthusiastic person we need to take on the role of trustee of the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) Development Trust? 

 We are looking for new trustees to work alongside our current trustee team. Your role as trustee will help us achieve our long-term goals and skilfully transmit the message of TWAM’s value and importance to businesses, individuals and the community. 

TWAM’s development trust focuses on raising awareness, interest and funds for TWAM from key markets.

As trustee you will have first-hand knowledge and understanding of the North East’s cultural, public, political and business life and the enthusiasm and ability to play a significant role in fundraising for TWAM. Most importantly you will have a strong passion and commitment to the vision and objectives of TWAM.

It’s an exciting time at TWAM, with the Great Exhibition of the North taking place in 2018, and major new funding successes bringing national exhibitions, a superb gallery extension and outstanding museum displays to our nine museums and art galleries, which attracted almost 1,300,000 visitors last year.

We are now putting in place an ambitious plan to treble philanthropic income by 2022. This work is supported by a £122,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will boost our fundraising resources.

TWAM is a multi-award winning regional museum, art gallery and archives service which is supported by the four local authorities and Newcastle University. We are hugely proud of its achievements, and the Development Trust is an important part of TWAM’s future success. You will be involved with our Director, management team and fundraising staff on projects that transform the lives of our audiences and communities.

Further information about TWAM's Development Trust

Further information about the Trustee role

Application Process

Please apply for this post by sending a CV and 2 page covering letter to

glenn.asher-gordon@twmuseums.org.uk by Friday 27 October.

Please be advised interviews for this position are scheduled to take place Monday 20 November.

If you would like an informal discussion with the Director of TWAM, Iain Watson, please contact iain.watson@twmuseums.org.uk  Tel: 0191 277 2276

Trustee Testimonials

“Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums holds a unique position within the North-East and I am incredibly proud to be part of an internationally respected organisation that never loses sight of its local roots. This is the first Charity Board I have been a member of and I hadn’t fully appreciated just how important it is in our region and how much there is to learn. TWAM’s museums and collections are focal points of the local community and I am proud to support their fundraising effort in any way I can. The team at TWAM is first-class, being rightly recognised as a leading light in the UK cultural sector. Being a trustee of the Development Trust at a time of immense change for the charities sector is challenging but having an opportunity to help shape and implement a new fundraising strategy with a strong and diverse Board is both inspiring and incredibly rewarding.  I have learned much!”

 James Garbutt


"I became a trustee so that I could make a contribution to TWAM's plans to build on its position as a major museum, art gallery and archives service. TWAM and its collections have been an inspiration to me and many thousands of other people in the North East and it is satisfying to play a part in promoting and supporting TWAM as a member of a highly capable and focused team developing income to support the TWAM activities. Acting as an ambassador for the Development Trust and taking part in presentations to local and national funders to show the support of independent trustees has being a way in which I can add an extra dimension to bids made by the Development Trust and it has been satisfying to see a number of these come to fruition and help TWAM to implement its strategy."

Neil Braithwaite


“Arts and Culture is the commonality between all communities allowing everyone to recognise and value one another.  Through the richness of its venues and the impact of its work, TWAM allows me to broaden my experiences and enables me to make a demonstrable difference.  I thoroughly enjoy the opportunities afforded me through becoming a trustee and would encourages others to explore these too.”  

Ammar Mirza CBE