Trustee – Shape, London based
Shape is the UK’s leading Disability Arts organisation. We are a registered charity with an annual turnover of £1M. For 30 years, Shape has pioneered the active involvement of disabled people in the arts and creative industries as audience members, artists, employees and participants.
Our mission is to ensure that disabled people participate fully within the arts and cultural sector in London and beyond.
By joining us in our accessible offices in North London, you will be part of a team who are actively involved in making the arts and cultural sector more accessible to disabled people in London. You will be using your skills and experience to give strategic direction and to scrutinise the work of the executive, ensuring that Shape continues a policy of sustainable development whilst achieving maximum impact in our field.
Shape is committed to ensuring that all trustees receive high quality professional development whilst working as part of the governing body. In particular, we aim to support disabled people into employment and participation in the arts. Shape recognises that many disabled people have been excluded from education and training opportunities compared to non disabled people. This is particularly true within the arts and creative industries. We hope you will want to work with us to ensure that this changes in a positive and inspiring way!
Shape Board of Trustees – Trustee Job Description
Led by: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Salary Range: unpaid/ voluntary
(reasonable expenses provided as appropriate)
Commitment: 5 meetings a year- including awayday, but
excluding any committee activities
Main Purpose of the Role
Board members (Trustees/Directors)
The duties of a Board Member are as follows:
• To make sure that Shape complies with its memorandum and articles of association, and that it pursues only the objects which are defined in it.
• To make sure that Shape complies with charity law, employment law and other relevant legislation or regulations.
• To make sure that Shape is financially viable.
• To contribute to the board’s role in giving firm strategic direction and setting overall policy.
• To make sure that the board is defining goals and setting targets for the organisation, and that performance is evaluated against these targets.
• To safeguard the good name and ethos of Shape.
• To make sure that administration is effective and efficient.
• To appoint the Chief Executive and monitor their performance.
• To sit on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required.
Board Members are also expected to offer the benefit of any specialist knowledge they have which may assist the board.
All Board Members must have
• commitment to Shape’s aims
• a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
In addition, it is desirable that they should have:
• strategic vision
• good, independent judgement
• an ability to think creatively
• a willingness to speak their mind
• an understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
Essential Skills and Experience:
The Board of Trustees needs skills and experience in some or any of the following areas:
• setting targets, monitoring and evaluating performance and progress
• commissioning and delivering sustainable services
• employment and training
• high quality artistic practice
• new and online media/ IT
• networking & alliances/ brokering partnerships
• disability issues
It is essential to us that disabled people lead and guide the organisation, and so we particularly welcome applications from disabled people with experience in these areas: employment & training/ commissioning services/ high quality artistic practice/ disability issues/ new & online media. We also strongly encourage applications from people from BME communities who have a clear commitment to upholding and enhancing the rights of disabled people.
Shape is committed to equality and diversity in employment. It is our policy to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
Deadline for applications is 3rd June 2011 (interviews early-mid June).
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Registered Charity No. 279184
Investors In People (Bronze)
Supported by Arts Council England
Positive About Disabled People
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- Funding and finance
- Coping with cuts
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- Governance and leadership
- Compact Advocacy programme
- Campaigning and influencing policy
- Collaborative working
- ICT (information and communication technology)
- Climate change
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