IWM is a global authority on conflict and its impact on people’s lives. We collect objects and stories that give an insight into people’s experiences of war, we preserve them for future generations, and we bring them to today’s audiences in the most powerful way possible at our five branches (IWM London, IWM North, IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast) and across our digital channels. By giving a platform to these stories, we aim to help people understand why we go to war and the effect that conflict has on people’s lives.

Our vision is to be a leader in developing and communicating a deeper understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war. Using the personal stories and experiences in our unique collections, our objective is to help people, as global citizens, make sense of an increasingly unpredictable world. We do this, in part, by helping people have a deeper understanding of the connections between past conflict and the contemporary world. This is about exploring the way war has shaped the local and the global, about appreciating diverse views and about challenging our audiences to become ready to engage in difficult decisions for themselves, their communities and their world.

As an organisation we are guided by four important values. We aim to be:

– Courageous: we are confident and have the courage to challenge the established wisdom, championing debate and innovative approaches

– Authoritative: our deep and dynamic knowledge of our rich collections makes us the first port of call on the history of modern conflict and sets standards of excellence in everything we do

– Relevant: we strive to make everything we do relevant to contemporary society, while maintaining a balanced and impartial point of view 

– Empathetic: we are sensitive to people’s emotions, respecting different points of view and the deep significance of our collections

Our strategic objectives are to:

– Deliver effective stewardship of our collections 

– Prioritise our audiences

– Build our brand

– Increase our financial sustainability

Matthew Westerman Chair

Caro Howell Director General

Why the IWM is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

In accordance with IWM’s Access and Inclusion Strategy, we recognise that we miss out when people feel IWM isn’t for them and we’re committed to removing and reducing barriers to make IWM open to everyone. This approach spans across our entire organisation, including our public programming, our visitors, our approach to recruitment, our volunteers and our corporate governance which includes our Board of Trustees. 

We are committed and keen to provide development opportunities for a Board Apprentice through attendance at our Board and Committee meetings and by partnering our apprentice with a dedicated Board Buddy, recognising the benefit of the scheme to the individual participants but also to the sector as a whole by proactively engaging with aspiring Board members. 

Equally, we relish the opportunity to gain fresh insight and learn from our Boardroom Apprentice.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

IWM London. We try to have one meeting per year at another branch and we have an annual Board away day.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings are held quarterly. Meetings tend to take place during the day, 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)

Exact dates TBC but meetings will be held in March, June/July, September and December. The away day will likely take place in May.

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)

Audit Committee – the Audit Committee meets in February, April, June and November. Meetings last 2 hours and take place during the day. 

Estates Advisory Committee – The Estates Advisory Committee meets in January, April, September and November. Meetings last 2 hours and take place during the day. 

IWM Trading Company Ltd: The Trading Company Directors meet in February, May, September and November. Meetings last 2 hours and take place during the day. 

Art Commissions Committee: The Art Commissions Committee meet at least twice a year although additional meetings may be arranged. Meetings last 2 hours and are held virtually. 

Development Committee: The Development Committee meet in February. May, September and December. Meetings last 2 hours and take place during the day.