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We are inviting expressions of interests for new Trustees to join us to bring new expertise to our Board and to the organisation as a whole. In particular we are looking for individuals with experience in environmental sustainability and responsibility; commercial income generation; digital marketing and digital production.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Sunday 31 July 2022

Click here for the Trustee recruitment pack.

Click here for the easier to read Trustee recruitment pack.

Trustees

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We are particularly keen to receive applications from those who identify as from marginalised backgrounds based on age, racialisation, gender identity or sexuality, disability or long term health condition, pregnancy, maternity or marital status, religion or belief, and class background or class identity.

We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the arts sector and we therefore encourage applications from all sectors of the community including those with more diverse backgrounds.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we guarantee to interview all disabled* applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Please indicate you are d/Deaf or disabled in your application so that you can be interviewed if you meet the minimum criteria.

*We recognise that the term disabled is debated but for now is widely accepted. We agree with the social model of disability.

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Recruitment Process

Expressions of interest should be emailed directly to Rosie Cooper and Ceri Littlechild:

Rosie.Cooper@WysingArtsCentre.org
Ceri.Littlechild@WysingArtsCentre.org

We would be happy to receive an expression of interest in the form of a CV (max 2 pages) and letter outlining your interest in being a Trustee of Wysing and how you meet the key criteria in the Person Specification (max 1 page). We welcome applications in video or audio format if preferable.

If you would like to discuss the role with either Wysing’s Director, Rosie Cooper; Deputy Director, Ceri Littlechild; or Chair, Jo Marsh, then please email Ceri.Littlechild@WysingArtsCentre.org to schedule a call.

Background

Wysing has recently appointed new Director, Rosie Cooper, and she has been working with the Wysing staff team to draw up a new vision and business plan for the organisation towards 2026. Wysing’s new plans respond to the Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Strategy, with a series of objectives around Investment Principles. As part of our commitment to the Investment Principles, we want to invite new Trustees to join us to bring new expertise to our Board and to the organisation as a whole.

We are particularly looking for individuals with experience in the following areas:

- Environmental sustainability and responsibility.

- Commercial income generation.

- Digital marketing and digital production.

We are seeking individuals who, though not necessarily visual arts specialists, are passionate about art and culture and who have these skills to ensure the successful implementation of the Business Plan to ensure Wysing continues to thrive as a progressive and inclusive arts organisation that develops new ways to support artists, and enables art and ideas to reach a wide range of people in unexpected ways.

Previous experience as a Trustee would be welcomed but is not necessary. We are happy to discuss training needs, and it may be possible for a current Trustee to act as a buddy or more formal mentor, if needed.

If you are interested in being a Trustee at Wysing and would like to approach us with a different skill or experience which you think would augment our Board then please do get in touch.

Role Summary

The Board of Trustees is responsible for: 

- The overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

- Ensuring the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its Business Plan.

- Working in partnership with the Director and senior staff team and supporting all employees in achieving the goals of the organisation; and optimising the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff.

- Compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.

- Stewardship of Wysing’s assets, both tangible and intangible.

- Ensuring Wysing’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

Please see the recruitment pack for the full list of responsibilties.

Person Specification

Essential:

- An appreciation of Wysing’s role within the visual arts sector. 

- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

- Commitment to Wysing’s objectives, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities. 

- Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to Wysing’s objectives and aims. 

- Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment. 

- Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues. 

- Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise. 

- Have skills and expertise in any of the following areas, or others that may compliment our Board:
1) Accessibility and inclusion
2) Commercial strategy, ideally in the area of maximising and generating revenue for a venue, site or arts organisation
3) Environmental sustainability
4) Compliance monitoring 

Desirable:

- Prior experience of committee/trustee work. 

- Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation. 

- A wider involvement with the visual arts sector. 

- Experience of committee work and some experience of charity finance.

Renumeration

The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed.  

Time Commitment

- The Board meets at Wysing four times a year, usually in the evenings – these are usually hybrid, with the option of joining on site or online.

- There is an annual Board Away day.

- In addition to Board Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary.

- This translates to approximately 30 hours per year.