Work With AIM On The Prospering Boards Programme


Do you have experience of supporting boards of trustees to provide stronger leadership for their organisations? AIM is looking for new consultants to join the pool of experts supporting museums through the Prospering Boards programme and we would like to hear from you.

Prospering Boards offers one-to-one consultancy support to boards with ambitions to improve areas of their practice. The support is guided by the principles in the AIM Hallmarks but is designed to be highly responsive to individual boards’ needs.

AIM has a pool of consultants from which we select suitable individuals to undertake particular projects. Approval to join the pool does not guarantee any work: we match consultants to museums on the basis of areas of expertise, geography, diaries and the appropriateness of particular approaches. Consultants undertaking Prospering Boards projects contract with AIM, rather than the museum concerned.

To apply to join the pool, please send an up-to-date CV including details of your experience in supporting boards in heritage or related sectors, and a covering email with some short bullet points (max 250 words) outlining which areas of governance work you feel are your particular strengths.

Please also state if you have a preference for work in particular areas of the country.

Applications should be sent to Helen Wilkinson, at by Monday 4th June.

If you would like an informal discussion about the programme and the consultancy opportunity, please email Helen to arrange a time.

Prospering Boards is supported by Arts Council England, through AIM’s funding as a National Portfolio Organisation.

Successful applicants will be notified by 1st July and will be required to complete an Equality and Diversity monitoring questionnaire, in line with the requirements of AIM’s NPO funding.

Further details:

  • We offer a fixed day rate of £600 (incl VAT if applicable) for Prospering Boards work. Travel expenses may be payable in addition but are subject to negotiation.
  • Museums apply on a rolling basis, rather than to a fixed deadline.
  • Successful applicant museums initially get a single day’s support, including a diagnostic visit. The consultant is expected to use the diagnostic visit to support the museum to scope the project and to prepare a simple Stage 2 application outlining what further support is requested. Projects may be a maximum of 8 days, including the diagnostic. The consultant is also able to submit a separate, confidential report to AIM, including a robust assessment of whether the project is likely to prove viable.
  • At the end of the project, the consultant is asked to submit a report agreed with the museum outlining the work undertaken and the impact on the museum. (The consultant may also wish to submit a confidential supplementary report direct to AIM.) At the reporting stage, the museum may apply for up to a day of follow up support, to help ensure change is properly embedded (this might include a return visit after a few months, or a series of phone calls, for example).
  • We expect to support between 6 and 8 projects a year, with each contract typically 5 – 6 days in length (and up to a maximum of 8 days).
  • We will also offer the opportunity for museums to apply for microconsultancy support, of up to two days in length, where boards have a clear idea of their strengths and future direction but need support on a specific issue.
  • The programme is open to museums in England. Applicant museums will usually either be Accredited or working towards Accreditation. We are also able to offer support to non-Accredited museums where they can demonstrate that the support will enable them to move forward to apply for Accreditation.
AIM National Conference 2018
AIM National Conference 2018

Booking is now open for AIM National Conference from 21-23 June 2018 at The British Motor Museum. Sponsored by Artelia.

Get in touch
AIM National Conference 2018

Find out everything you need to know about AIM National Conference 2018

AIM Privacy Policy

This page sets out the details of the Association of Independent Museums’ privacy policy in relation to information collected about you.

AIM Hallmarks Programme

How can the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums help AIM member museums to prosper and thrive?

For Trustees and Boards

Discover a range of free resources for Trustees and Boards of museums and heritage sites