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Apollo Music Projects is looking for a Trustee to join our dynamic and successful organisation, as part of our Board of Trustees.

"Apollo is a national treasure" - Sir Simon Rattle

The role requires a strong understanding of charity governance. Prior board experience is desirable, ideally in the Arts or education sectors.

The Trustees are responsible for the governance of the charity, and this is something that is of the greatest importance to Apollo Music Projects. The charity has a strong executive team of a CEO/Founder and three part-time staff, who are delegated by the board to run the charity's operations and supported by the trustees.

We are looking for trustees to help us to shape the next part of our development, having survived the last year in good shape, and managing to deliver over 150 school workshops despite two lockdowns. We want to take a step back, rediscovering the balance we had in the early part of the charity's development, with a focus on good governance, a clear separation between governance and operations, and a strong focus on securing and building on the present success. The fact that several trustees are leaving for various reasons gives us the opportunity to restart with a smaller board, allowing room for expanding the board membership later on as we come out of the pandemic.

The Board of Trustees takes on the ultimate legal and financial responsibility for all the activities of the organisation. They maintain an overview of policy and strategic direction rather than being involved in day-to-day operations. The role of the Board of Trustees is summarised below.

Vision and Leadership

  • To be committed to the vision, mission and values of the organisation.
  • To agree and support strategic plans.

Accountability & Legal Responsibilities

  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document (memorandum and articles of association).
  • To ensure the organisation follows charity and company law.
  • To ensure the organisation makes efficient use of resources, in particular that all funds are applied to its objects, agreed plans and budgets.
  • To ensure that risks to the organisation, staff, volunteers and service users are at an acceptable level and are effectively managed.
  • To be accountable to funders and other stakeholders.

Financial & Staff Management

  • To effectively support the CEO who is the organisational leader, while the board leads on governance.
  • To ensure the organisation's finances are properly managed.
  • To contribute to fundraising strategies.
  • To ensure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities.
  • To ensure the organisation is a responsible employer and adheres to legislation.

We are looking for someone with:

  • A clear understanding of and commitment to the values and objectives of Apollo Music Projects
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team whilst contributing an independent perspective
  • An understanding of the values of accountability, openness and honesty
  • The ability to think strategically and challenge constructively
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship as well of the respective roles of the chair, trustees and executive management, in particular an understanding that the board leads on governance while the CEO leads on operations with the support of the board.
  • Knowledge of governance and a desire to gain further knowledge and follow best practice at all times.
  • A willingness to participate in governance review.

General responsibilities will include:

  • Providing guidance and oversight to ensure that Apollo Music Projects develops the structure and financial sustainability to deliver on its objectives.
  • Participating in approving strategy and evaluating performance.
  • Acing as ambassador for Apollo Music Projects.
  • Helping to broaden the reach of the organisation while keeping the close-knit framework we currently have.
  • Supporting the CEO in successfully managing the organisation.

The Trustee will have a vital role to play as the organisation develops over the next few years. In order to meet our goals of bringing music to more children each year we need to ensure that the organisation is well managed and that we can plan ahead with confidence. We have a strong staff team, and you can bring added value to the organisation, supporting the staff and board to navigate the current challenging times, while planning for a successful future.

This is a chance for you to help Apollo Music Projects make a real difference to children in primary and special schools in deprived areas.

The Trustee will be expected to attend four Trustee meetings each year, held in London, and to attend occasional events, workshops and concerts

There will be a flexible interview process, with the possibility of several short interviews online and in person

Apollo Music Projects is keen to ensure that the Board is representative of the community we serve and particularly welcomes applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

The role will remain open until we have found the right candidate.

To apply please send an email explaining why would iike to be a trustee of Apollo Music Projects and what you could bring to the role, and a CV to