July 17, 2017

As our work expands and develops, we are looking to grow our dynamic board of trustees. In particular, we are seeking a new Treasurer, but also individuals with strong experience of communications, fundraising and partnership development. We are looking for trustees who will help us to increase our reach, enhance our profile, spread our messages, strengthen our financial position and continue to develop sustainably.

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: 29 September 2017


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


People United is a creative laboratory and pioneering arts charity. It is our mission to create a more kind and caring society through the arts. We do this by developing innovative community projects, undertaking research and supporting artists in creating new 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 schools, cultural venues, community spaces and neighbourhoods, to beach huts, parks, hospitals, care homes and institutions. Since the very beginning, People United has ploughed a distinctive furrow, a precursor to the current debates on wellbeing 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, working with audiences across Kent, the UK and beyond.

As we prepare to launch our new research report harnessing 10 years of evidence around the unique role the arts have to play in affecting positive social change, and as we enter our next chapter of work focusing on training and multiplication, we are looking to grow our dynamic board of trustees. We are looking to increase our reach and profile, spread our messages, further strengthen our financial position and develop sustainably.

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


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

In particular:-

We wish to recruit a new Treasurer to our board of trustees to oversee the financial affairs of the charity (ensuring that they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice) and to make sure that our record keeping, reporting and annual accounting processes and procedures are effective. Ideally, this person would be Kent-based, or in a position to liaise regularly with the Chief Executive and Operations Manager.

We are also looking to recruit a trustee to guide us in developing our strategic communications and marketing, to broaden awareness of our work, increase our visibility, amplify our messages and enhance the brand identity of People United.

It is also the right time for us to recruit a new board member to advise on fundraising and partner development, which are key priority areas for us. We need someone to bring a fresh perspective to our fundraising plans, and who will really understand the needs and challenges of fundraising for, and in, a small organisation.

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.

We value diversity and welcome and encourage applications from everyone.                                                                                      

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 Chief Executive and wider team, 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.


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 Friday 29 September 2017. If you would like an informal discussion, please call Tina Corri, Chief Executive, on 01227 811800.



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