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Pollock’s Toy Museum Trustee (Volunteer) Business Development & Retail


Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust was founded in 1969 as a Registered Charity (No.313622) associated with Pollock’s Toy Museum. 


The trustees are in the process of finding a permanent home in London for the collection with the intention of increasing and improving access to all audiences. This includes pop up events, fundraising and working to enable a secure future for the museum which is currently in storage and being run entirely by volunteers. 


The trustees play a vital role in making sure that Pollock’s Toy Museum achieves its core purpose. The trustees oversee the management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that Pollock’s Toy Museum has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision.


Board members have a collective responsibility and abide by the rules set out by the Charity Commission.


Duties to be undertaken jointly with the Chair and co-trustees:

  • Support and provide advice on Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust’s purpose, vision, goals and activities. 

  • Approve operational strategies and policies, and monitor and evaluate their implementation.

  • Oversee Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust’s financial plans and budgets and monitor and evaluate progress. 

  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.

  • Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored and controlled effectively.

  • Review and approve Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust’s financial statements.

  • Keep abreast of changes in Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust’s operating environment.

  • Contribute to regular reviews of Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust’s own governance. Attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.

  • Use independent judgement, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect Pollock’s Toy Museum’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third party interests.

  • Contribute to the broader promotion of Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust’s objects, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge and contacts.

As a small charity, there will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond Board meetings. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, researching and providing guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Candidate requirements


We are looking for someone willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment. You should have up-to-date experience of raising money through retail, licensing and developing creative products which will delight audiences and drive sales to ensure that the museum collection and educational programmes have the funding they need to be accessible and to thrive. This includes online and passive income streams. 


You do not need previous governance or leadership experience – we will provide a full induction and training. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. This opportunity is suitable for someone of any age with the relevant recent experience. 


Personal skills and qualities

  • Commitment to understand and accept the responsibilities and liabilities of the Charity Commission's legal requirements and best practice for Charity trustees

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member

  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively and collaboratively in discussion

  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

  • Enthusiasm for Pollock’s Toy Museum’s vision and mission

  • Willingness to lead according to Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust values

Terms of office

  • This charity trustee position is appointed for a 2 year term of office

  • This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed if agreed in advance

Time commitment

  • Attending 6-10 Board meetings annually. Currently meetings are held via Zoom on weekday evenings and typically last 1-2 hours. 

  • There are occasional events in person in London which are optional, and often fun

  • Ad hoc and occasional support/consultation on projects working with other trustees, suppliers, charity employees or volunteers.

To apply

Please send a cover email and CV to by 5 January 2024. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held via zoom in in  early January.

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