August 6, 2015

As we approach our 10th year we are looking to grow our dynamic board of trustees to help us to increase our reach, enhance our profile, spread our messages and continue to develop sustainably. We value diversity and welcome and encourage applications from everyone.

We are seeking trustees who will bring creative vision, be connected with relevant networks and act as passionate champions of the role the arts can play in transforming people’s lives and bringing communities together. In particular we are looking for a new chair of the board to bring strategic arts and/or social change development experience and a track record of significant leadership. We are also looking for a number of other new trustees and are particularly interested in receiving expressions of interest from practising artists, people who have expertise in the areas of learning/arts education and those with a financial background. People United is known and respected for its values-led approach and passion for social change, and all trustees are expected to share that commitment.

If you would like to be part of our next chapter we would be delighted to hear from you. Please use this link Trustee Candidate Information to download information about the roles and find out how to apply, or alternatively read more below.

Closing date: 30 September 2015

PEOPLE UNITED TRUSTEE CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in becoming a People United trustee and taking the time to find out more about our unique organisation.

ABOUT PEOPLE UNITED

People United is a creative laboratory and pioneering charity. We are interested in the role the arts can play in growing a more kind and caring society. We develop innovative projects, undertake research and support new creative work. People United is a catalyst for kindness.

Since being founded in 2006, People United has developed into a nationally significant arts organisation. As a well-respected ACE-funded National Portfolio Organisation, we work with partners including Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Turner Contemporary, Manchester Museum and Jasmin Vardimon Company. Our work takes place in a variety of settings from cultural venues, community spaces, neighbourhoods and schools to beach huts, parks, hospitals and institutions. Since the very beginning, People United has ploughed a distinctive furrow, a precursor to the current debates on well-being and empathy, pioneering new work and research on the social impact of the arts. We have built a reputation for high quality, participatory practice across all art forms and audiences with a geographical spread across Kent, the UK and beyond.

As we approach our 10th year, we are looking to grow our dynamic board of trustees to help us to increase our reach, enhance our profile, spread our messages and continue to develop sustainably.

To find out more about People United’s vision, mission and work please visit our website www.peopleunited.org.uk

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We wish to recruit a new chair of our board of trustees to bring creative vision and strategic guidance. We are also looking to recruit a number of other new trustees and we are particularly interested in hearing from people who are practising artists, or who have a background in learning/arts education or finance.

We are seeking trustees who will bring creative vision, be connected with relevant networks and act as passionate champions of the role the arts can play in transforming people’s lives and bringing communities together.

We value diversity and welcome and encourage applications from everyone.

People United is known and respected for its values-led approach and passion for social change, and all trustees are expected to share that commitment.

Responsibilities of the Chair

The Chair will have wider responsibilities than other Trustees. This role includes:

• undertaking a leadership role in ensuring that the board of trustees fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the charity
• providing leadership of the Board, ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role, and setting its agenda
• addressing the development needs of the Board as a whole with a view to enhancing its effectiveness
• representing People United at appropriate events
• helping to plan and chair Trustee meetings
• providing a link between the Trustees and staff
• ensuring provision of accurate, timely and clear information to Trustees
• ensuring the efficient use of Board time by concentrating on strategy rather than approving proposals which should be decided by management
• ensuring that Trustees are given sufficient time to consider critical issues and given realistic deadlines for decision-making
• forging a positive working relationship with the Co-Directors and wider staff, liaising with them between formal meetings of the Board.

Trustee responsibilities

Trustees will be involved in:

• promoting and supporting People United’s vision, mission, values and strategic aims and objectives
• ensuring that policies, operations and priorities are in keeping with the aims and values of People United
• contributing to the development of strategy, business planning and policy development
• monitoring the charity’s performance in terms of meeting agreed goals and objectives
• having a solid grasp of all activities in which the organisation is involved
• contributing to fundraising and development through funder/donor cultivation
• being an active advocate for the organisation by supporting wider networking
• supporting the Co-Directors and being available to meet them between Board meetings
• attending People United events, performances and workshops where possible
• where appropriate, contributing specific skills, knowledge and experience in support of People United’s objectives.

Time commitment
Every trustee is expected to prepare for and participate in regular People United Board meetings (currently four per annum, each lasting 2-3 hours and held in London or Canterbury, plus one annual away day entailing a Friday evening and Saturday half day), and may also be asked to serve on a working group.

Trustees may also be asked to support senior staff in certain projects, initiatives or areas in which they have specialist skills, knowledge or experience.

The minimum time commitment is likely to amount to 5 days per year plus travel, 10 days for the chair.

All People United trustee appointments are unpaid though travel and other out of pocket expenses will be paid for.

HOW TO APPLY

If you would like to be part of this unique organisation, please email [email protected]
• A supporting statement, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role and
• A comprehensive CV
• We would also be grateful if you could please provide us with the details of two referees who will not be contacted without your prior consent.

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2015. If you would like an informal discussion, please call Tina Corri, Co-Director on 01227 811800.

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