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Trustee Recruitment

31 October 2018

Trustee Recruitment: Autumn 2018

Bishopsgate Institute is looking for new honorary trustees from which we will appoint a Chair of Trustees. These positions are not remunerated.

Our Chief Executive has established a powerful vision for the continuing development of the Institute into a revitalised cultural space for learning and performance within the heart of the City of London.

We are looking for trustees whose passion, professional expertise, extensive networks and commitment to the mission of the Institute will support us in advocating for and driving forward the changes to which the Institute has committed itself.

Trustees

We are a charity (The Bishopsgate Foundation) and, while our specialist areas are archive collections, courses for adults, talks and debates, lectures, dance, concerts and other performances, we are also keen to hear from people who are working in new and innovative ways with a range of skills in the areas of arts and cultural partnerships and collaborations, venue management, adult learning, strategic financial and commercial management, marketing and digital audience data management, connecting with audiences in the digital space, and fundraising.

Trustees are legally accountable for the responsible governance of the Institute as it is a charity, serving for an initial term of up to 3 years and a maximum term of 5 years.

The position of trustee is not remunerated.

For a general trustee position, you do not need to have been a trustee before. We are interested in people at a senior level in their careers as well as those at the heart of new developments.

Chair of Trustees

We are hoping to recruit a Chair of our Trustees from amongst an intake of new trustees. The Chair has responsibility for the governance of Bishopsgate Institute, for ensuring that it is faithful to the charitable purposes for which it was established and leading fellow trustees in maintaining and enhancing the Institute’s Endowment to achieve these purposes in the present and the future. The Chair, along with the chairsof the Finance & General Purposes and Programme Committee, liaises informally with the Chief Executive on behalf the Board.

The Chair of the Trustees must have a proven track record in the leadership of a publicly accountable institution and a full complement of communication skills in order to act as an ambassador for the Institute. At the same time the Chair needs to be able to work closely and collaboratively with fellow trustees and other individuals within and beyond the Institute. An understanding of and enthusiasm for cultural provision of the kind provided by Bishopsgate Institute is desirable, as is financial literacy. An ability to think strategically is essential. 

Commitment 

The Articles of Association require at least four Board meetings a year requiring trustee attendance. There are usually, in addition, at least three meetings of the Finance & General Purposes Committee and an annual away day led by the Programme

Committee. Meetings are currently scheduled for Monday evenings, 1730 – 1900.  Trustees may be appointed to a particular committee, meaning only they attend that committee meeting, but all attend all Board meetings.Trustees are advocates for the Institute, our work and purpose, throughout their networks, so the commitment required is not just attendance at and preparation for formal meetings. Trustees are encouraged to attend Institute events and bring friends, colleagues and others that could advocate for the Institute and our work. We think it’s difficult to fulfil the responsibilities of a trustee here without understanding and experiencing the Institute and its daily activity. Please tell us in your application about your interest in and commitment to what we do and how we do it. 

Trustees and advisors
We are a charity and, while our specialist areas are archive collections, courses for adults, talks and debates, lectures, dance, concerts and other performances, we are also keen to hear from people who are working in new and innovative ways with a range of skills in the areas of arts and cultural partnerships and collaborations, venue management, investment and the management of funds for trusts and charities, strategic financial and commercial management, marketing and digital audience data management, connecting with audiences in the digital space, and fundraising.


Trustees are legally accountable for the responsible governance of the Institute as it is a charity. Advisors work alongside trustees, the Chief Executive and her team to provide specialist input on particular projects, but they are not trustees. Trustees serve for an initial term of up to 3 years and a maximum term of 5 years. The positions of trustee and advisor are not remunerated.


For a general trustee or advisor position, you do not need to have been a trustee before. We are interested in people at a senior level in their careers as well as those at the heart of new developments.


Commitment

The Articles of Association require at least four Board meetings a year requiring trustee  attendance. There are usually, in addition, at least three meetings of the Finance & General Purposes Committee and an annual away day led by the Programme Committee. Meetings are currently scheduled for Monday evenings, 1730 – 1900. Trustees may be appointed to a particular committee, meaning only they attend that committee meeting, but all attend all Board meetings.

Trustees are advocates for the Institute, our work and purpose, throughout their networks, so the commitment required is not just attendance at and preparation for formal meetings. Trustees are encouraged to attend Institute events and bring friends, colleagues and others that could advocate for the Institute and our work. We think it’s difficult to fulfil the responsibilities of a trustee here without understanding and experiencing the Institute and its daily activity. Please tell us in your application about your interest in and commitment to what we do and how we do it. 

Your application

Please email us at trusteerecruitment@bishopsgate.org.uk with your CV and a one page letter outlining your interest in Bishopsgate Institute, the contribution you hope to make and any relevant skills and experience by Sunday 6 January 2019. We are not accepting applications from search agencies.

If we receive early applications, we will endeavour to invite shortlisted candidates to interview before the deadline for applications. For those applying closer to that deadline, we anticipate inviting shortlisted candidates to interview the week of 21 January 2019 with a view to successful applicants joining us from March 2019.

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