Trustee vacancy – Devon & Exeter Institution

Devon and Exeter Institution are looking for new Trustees who would enjoy helping to develop an important Independent Library which is increasingly reaching out to the community through education, while providing a rich experience for its members. The Devon and Exeter Institution holds a wonderful historic reference library and art collection and has exciting plans both to develop the building and to engage the wider community in an ongoing programme of events and activities.   As Exeter has recently become a UNESCO City of Literature, it is a fantastic time to get involved in DEI governance and help us sustain part of the cultural heritage of the city.

We have several vacant posts to fill and we are looking for candidates with backgrounds in the following;

  • strategic governance of heritage sector sites or historic building conservation and/or heritage funding (i.e National Lottery Heritage Fund)
  • and/or professional knowledge of contracts and managing contractors,
  • and/or finance and accounting,
  • and/or media and marketing.

We particularly welcome applications from under 50s, disabled or Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic candidates who are currently under-represented on our Board.

Number of meetings per annum/time commitment:  Board meetings are held usually at six-week intervals. Trustees are expected to attend these meetings and prepare for them by reading paperwork circulated in advance of the meeting.

Meetings generally last no more than 2.5 hours and the time and dates are decided by consultation annually with the whole Board.

Daytime or evening meetings:  Usually evening meetings

Closing date for applications:       31 May 2021

Contact details for applicants to find out more:  If you are looking for an opportunity to join a progressive heritage organisation or to develop your governance skills, please send a copy of your CV with a short note of why you would like to join our team to If you would like an informal chat about the role please contact one of our Trustees, Geoff Roberts on 07768 451256.