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Wac Arts is seeking 2 new Trustees to join the Wac Arts & The Hamden Trust Boards

North London

For over 40 years, WA has offered a year-round accessible programme of performing arts and media classes for young people aged 5 – 30 and their families. Now we want to do even more.

This is a unique time to join our growing Wac Arts Board, under the leadership of Chair, Justina Cruickshank. Our ambition is to significantly increase the number of young people who benefit from our work and extend our activities to communities less engaged locally, regionally and nationally.

Our Trustees must reflect the voices, background and experiences of our stakeholders. At Wac Arts we place value on diversity and inclusion. A significant amount of our work supports young people with disabilities, and we hope to attract people with relevant lived experience.

We are now looking to recruit individuals who have skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Arts Training and Education
  • Fundraising

You will be part of supporting the delivery of this exciting next phase of the organisation’s transformation. We look forward to receiving your application.

General responsibilities

  • Ensure the organisation pursues its stated objects as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensure the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and relevant regulations, codes of conduct and recognised sources of good practice in the sector
  • Ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects for the benefit of the public
  • Ensure that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Take responsibility for safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. (Trustees will need to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check)
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation including oversight of the annual budget and accounts
  • Protect and manage the property of the Charities and ensure the proper investment of the Charities’ funds
  • Be an active member of the Board and any specific committees
  • Advance the organisation’s work through regular attendance at events and as an ambassador for the Charities
  • Support the Charities’ fundraising activities

Time commitment and support

  • The combined Board meets four times per year
  • Committees meet between one and four times a year depending on the specific committee
  • Trustees are expected to attend performances and other meetings or events as representatives of the Board
  • This is a voluntary, unpaid role. Reasonable expenses will be covered.

Term of office

  • Trustees are appointed to serve for a maximum of nine years, subject to review after one year.

Person Specification

  • Senior level experience in the arts and cultural sector, arts practitioners, arts education, fundraising, public service, property, finance, law, HR, marketing, PR & communications
  • Lived experience of the people we serve and our target communities
  • Commitment to the organisations’ vision and values
  • Commitment to equality, diversity, inclusivity and improving opportunities for all
  • Commitment to the safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults
  • Commitment to seven Nolan Principles of Public Life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • The ability to devote the necessary time and effort to support the organisation effectively
  • Strategic perspective, with good independent judgment and the ability to challenge assumptions constructively
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • The desire to advocate for Wac Arts and its work

How to Apply

Please send a CV and short covering letter to recruitment@WacArts.co.uk

Please complete the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring Form.

Key dates:

31st July Deadline for applications sent to recruitment@wacarts.co.uk

15th – 26th August Interview with Chair and panel

22nd September Board Meeting: successful applicants will be invited to participate in the Autumn Board meeting where their appointment will be ratified.

Equality

As an equal opportunities organisation, Wac Arts is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective volunteers/employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join Wac Arts. We are looking for interest from people who reflect the diversity of London and the communities we serve.