The Board is responsible for setting the National Museums Scotland’s vision, strategy and policy and for monitoring progress to achieve these. The management of the National Museums Scotland is fully responsible for the day to day operation of the National Museums Scotland and for the implementation of strategy and policies. The Board and management work closely together in their different roles.
National Museums Scotland is a public body and the Board is accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament.
Trustees have a Code of Conduct which is on this website. Biographies of Trustees, Board minutes and Trustees’ registered interests are also posted on this website. Previous years' minutes can be viewed in the Trustees minutes archive.
Trustees bring to the National Museums Scotland a wide range of skills, backgrounds and experience in academic life, business, media, technology, education and community involvement. Individually they bring not only this experience, but also many different perspectives on how the National Museums Scotland can best serve the public.
Trustees also have a vital role to act as ambassadors for the National Museums Scotland, both in gathering support for large projects and, equally importantly, in ensuring the widest possible understanding of the National Museums Scotland’s collections and its services, locally, nationally and internationally.
National Museums Scotland can have up to 15 Trustees, who are all appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs. Trustees are normally appointed for a term of four years, and may serve for a second term. Trustees are appointed through an open process where posts are advertised and candidates are interviewed.