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Non-executive appointments to the British Library Board

British Library Board appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and the British Library manages the public appointments process on behalf of the Secretary of State. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

British Library Board vacancies

There are currently no vacancies.

About being a British Library Board member

The Board is responsible for determining and overseeing the overall strategic direction of the British Library. It approves the Library’s annual Corporate Business Plan and its Annual Budget. It also oversees the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against agreed strategic objectives and targets. Members of the Board have corporate responsibility for ensuring that the British Library complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds and ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times. Members of the Board actively engage with the Library’s stakeholders, to act as ambassadors for the Library, and to participate fully and to network in support of the Library’s fund-raising activities. Members of the Board also participate as appropriate in the work of its committees.

British Library Board members receive annual remuneration of £9,130 per year and also receive reimbursement for reasonable redeemable expenses. Appointments to the Board are for four years and require a commitment of two days per month.

All candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • commitment to, and understanding of, the activities and services of the British Library and its public service and entrepreneurial goals;
  • interest in the strategic issues facing the national library in the context of the UK's research infrastructure and knowledge economy over the next decade;
  • sound intellectual and judgmental skills, experience of strategic decision-making, and the ability to operate effectively at Board level or equivalent;
  • sound communication skills, and the ability to act as an ambassador for the Library to people of all backgrounds and to engage in profile raising, to be an articulate and enthusiastic exponent of both its traditional strengths and also its strategic agenda for redefining the Library for the digital age; and
  • willingness to participate fully and to network in support of the Library’s fund-raising activities.

In addition, specific experience and requirements are detailed in the role specification associated with each individual vacancy.  

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