Consultation on restructure at Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust

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Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust is proposing structural changes as part of its ambition to become a more efficient and successful service for the future.

On 1 October 2020 management of Royal Pavilion & Museums was transferred from Brighton & Hove City Council to a new charity: the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust.

After a year of review the organisation now has plans to create an even better museum service with an improved structure. The plan aims to simplify the workforce structure and cut outgoings, while increasing income into the organisation.

Staff at RPMT have been informed of the proposals and a consultation process is now underway. They have also been told that there will be new posts created while other roles will be removed or changed. This may lead to some staff losses but all will be done to minimise this.

The organisation which manages the Royal Pavilion and four other museum venues in the city, has communicated with unions representing the workforce to inform them of the proposed changes.

The move follows an incredibly difficult 18 months for the culture sector due to Covid which has left RPMT facing a £1.4 million shortfall for this year. The restructure will provide £300k in savings and as importantly put in place new income raising teams.

CEO of RPMT Hedley Swain said: “As an independent charity, it is important our service is excellent for everyone who visits and enjoys our buildings, collections and programmes. We are going through a time of organisational change which will mean some upheaval for a while. We will do everything we can to avoid compulsory redundancies. We know this will be a difficult time for some of our people but we will consult fully with all our workforce to ensure the restructure is transparent for everyone.

“We’re hoping to become a stronger organisation for the future.

“We remain completely committed to our collections and our curatorial expertise. Our five venues will benefit from a more unified vision as we all work together to create a stronger family of venues.”

“The need for a restructure is to create an organisational structure for a successful independent business and charity to succeed, to make sure we are a single unified team, to simplify and unify our structures and to make savings. “

The consultation will be completed in January 2022. There will be no changes announced until then.

When RPMT transferred to an independent trust from Brighton & Hove City Council, staff were moved over on the same contracts from a TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) over a year ago. Once staff have transferred under TUPE, employers can make changes following the normal consultation process.

Any staff who do move to different roles within our organisation will not face changes to their terms and conditions of employment. All our staff are important to us and we will endeavour to find suitable roles for everyone. About 17% of staff will be affected by the changes with the majority being redeployed elsewhere in the organisation or carrying out the same role in a different department.

 

About Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust

RPMT is a charitable trust responsible for the management of the Royal Pavilion & Museum service in Brighton & Hove.

Formed in October 2020, the RPMT protects and preserves the venues and collections in the service while offering a vibrant and fascinating service to visitors from around the world.

The Trust receives funding from Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, the National Heritage Lottery Fund and other charitable organisations and from public donations as well as income from admissions.

RPMT oversees the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Preston Manor, Hove Museum & Art Gallery and the Booth Museum of Natural History.

RPMT offers a wide range of exhibitions, displays and events through the year covering history, art and culture to appeal to all visitors.

Contact information for press and media

For further information, images or interviews please contact Caroline Sutton on caroline.sutton@rpmt.org.uk or 01273 071296.

For urgent enquiries in my absence please contact marketing@rpmt.org.uk or 03000 290906.