Job vacancy: Chief executive Officer, The SS Great Britain Trust

Salary: £90,000-100,000 + pension

Job purpose:

Lead organisation to

  • Deliver on the Trust’s charitable and commercial aims to sustain the Trust, to conserve the ship, its narrative, and collections for the future.
  • Execute and develop the organisation’s existing strategy which includes review, sequencing, delivery and publicly championing the Albion project.


The role of CEO for the SS Great Britain Trust is a high profile and influential leadership position, not only in the broader Bristol area but also in the national museums and visitor attractions space.

The incoming CEO will lead, develop and transform the organisation to create a visitor attraction that rivals the largest and highest profile visitor attractions in the region. This will involve delivering on the Trust’s charitable and commercial aims, conserving the ship and collections for the future, and executing the strategy to deliver and publicly champion the Albion project.

The ideal candidate will be a proven leader who has taken a heritage organisation / museum / visitor attraction on a journey. For example – a successful transformation over a number of years.

Involvement in delivering a capex project would be an advantage. Any experience in the maritime environment would be additionally helpful.

Alternatively, a high calibre and suitably experienced leader who doesn’t have direct experience within the visitor attraction / heritage space, but has a demonstrable passion for culture and heritage, could be considered.

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Brunel’s SS Great Britain is Bristol’s number one visitor attraction, with two museums and the lovingly restored Victorian ship, a leading research centre, a wedding venue and a purpose built conference facility.

The vision of the SS Great Britain Trust is to protect the legacy of Brunel and the SS Great Britain and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs of the future.

The SS Great Britain Trust is a dedicated education charity (No.262158) that cares for Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the national Brunel Collection within a 19th century dockyard complex in Bristol. It is accredited as a museum, and its collections are designated as being of national importance by Arts Council England. It preserves the SS Great Britain and two related museums, and cares for the collections and library from the Brunel Institute, in a partnership with the University of Bristol. The Trust tells the stories of many people from history in order to enthuse people and help elucidate understanding of our past and our future. It has a particular focus on inspiring young people, using the legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, with contemporary science and engineering and helping them understand not only the world today but their own potential within it.

Closing date Job type Full-time Remuneration Salary Salary £90,000-£100,000 Job zone South West Respond

If you would like to find out more about this fantastic opportunity, please send a full CV and current remuneration details to Phil Moran –

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