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Board Member/Trustee

Board Member/Trustee

The Three Choirs Festival Association seek to appoint a member-elected Director of the Three Choirs Festival Association.

This trustee will join a Board of Directors who oversee the strategic direction of the organisation and delegate day-to-day delivery of the festivals to the organisation's professional administrative team, who also liaise with local festival committees. Members of the Board set the strategic direction and policies of the organisation in close collaboration with the Chief Executive. They act as ambassadors for the festival, liaise with the central office to maximise fundraising opportunities and help to raise the festival's profile and develop links with other organisations. They approve the development of plans for the festival, providing feedback and support to the Chief Executive who manages the detail and delivery of charity's work. The Board have recently reviewed the charity's mission, vision and values which are outlined at the end of this document. The board has identified that experience and expertise in developing inclusive and/or digital strategies would be welcome additions to Directors' present skill sets, and applicants who have experience in either of these areas are encouraged.

The existing trustees are committed to welcoming people of all backgrounds onto the Board as they seek to develop diversity and inclusion across the charity and its beneficiaries. They would welcome applications from those who are presently underrepresented on the Board so that the shortlisted applicants better reflect the demographic of the region in which the charity operates. The make-up of the present board is white and predominantly male and representation of people with disabilities and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds is low. We are actively seeking applications from women, people from less privileged backgrounds, those with a disability and those with African, Caribbean or Asian heritage.

Our ideal candidate
We are keen to hear from a wide range of applicants, and would particularly welcome people with some of the following attributes:

  • A love of the arts and classical music in particular, with awareness of the festival's mission
  • Understanding of conversations regarding diversity and inclusion in the arts, and a commitment to developing the organisation in this regard.
  • Committed to widening access to the festival and enriching the local cultural landscape
  • An enthusiastic advocate who can help our fundraising and marketing staff build connections, generate income and improve their reach.
  • Familiarity with the part digital projects and tools can play in developing access and broadening participation.
  • Sympathetic to the festival's rich heritage and connection with cathedral life
  • Collaborative and keen to develop ideas with colleagues
  • An understanding of the responsibilities of a charity trustee and commitment to the organisation's charitable object (full training will be given)
  • Willing to play an active part in key areas of trustee responsibility (e.g. Health and Safety, Safeguarding, financial oversight) by reading information provided and asking questions when necessary.

Time Commitment
The Association meets annually to hold its AGM (in March), and the Directors meet at least quarterly, with papers sent in advance. All Directors are encouraged to attend at least some events at every festival, and Directors may be delegated sub-committee or working group responsibilities from time-to-time.

Statutory Details
Directors are appointed for a three-year term and may serve a maximum of nine years (three consecutive terms). All newly appointed Directors are required to sign a declaration that they understand the legal responsibilities associated with becoming a company director and charity trustee, and are not barred from acting as either. All Directors will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and will be asked to complete a Declaration of Interest form periodically.

Location
Meetings take place as centrally as possible in the Three Choirs counties, often in or near Ledbury. It may sometimes be necessary to visit the office in Gloucester. The Board have also successfully met digitally in recent months and may continue the option of electronic attendance.

Pay
This is a voluntary role, but out of pocket expenses can be reimbursed in line with the Association's expenses policy.

How to Apply
Please send a letter outlining your interest in the role and why you think you would be suitable for the position, making reference to the list of attribute overleaf and including details of any relevant experience. Your letter should also confirm your eligibility to become a director and willingness to undergo a DBS check.

Applicants will be shortlisted by a nominations panel of Association Directors, after which the Association Membership will vote to appoint the new Director (due to the current circumstances, this ballot may be conducted electronically).

To discuss the role further, please contact Timothy Brain, Association Chair (timothy.brain@3choirs.org).

Applications should be sent by email to info@3choirs.org no later than 12 noon, Friday 18 September