Trustee Recruitment


Arts Alive currently has 6 Trustees who take overall responsibility of the organisation. Trustees are from a mix of backgrounds, with a wide range of collective expertise & experience in the arts, law and business. Two trustees are also promoters.

Trustees represent Arts Alive and attend national forums: the annual National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF). Each trustee is responsible for an area of the business plan, reporting back at trustee meetings on progress against targets.


Following recent changes, the trustees are currently seeking new members to join them.


Arts Alive welcomes all applications, but trustees wish to increase their diversity and expertise in particular areas, and would particularly welcome applications from:

  • Individuals aged 18-30 – to bring a younger voice and outlook to the organisation
  • Individuals who have experience in fundraising – to offer experience and advice to the organisation
  • Individuals knowledgeable in digital practices – to act as a Digital Trustee to drive and support Arts Alive’s future digital development
  • Anyone with Human Resources skills as we have a growing number of staff members

We do not expect any one individual to fulfill all these roles!

Arts Alive is committed to working towards Equal Opportunity for all and is determined that in its provision of services it will seek to ensure equality of opportunity.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from potential trustees from culturally diverse backgrounds or who would consider themselves to have a disability. 

We value diversity and recognise that artistic excellence relies on the richness and innovation that diversity brings. Exclusion based on individual characteristics and experiences represents a waste of talent and opportunity. We expect commitment and involvement from all our staff, board, partners and providers of goods and services in working towards the achievement of our vision of becoming a fully integrated arts organisation at all levels of our activities.



All trustees will be expected to:

  • Assist in monitoring financial information
  • Support fundraising strategies
  • Advocate on our behalf
  • Assess priorities for action planning
  • Have knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors
  • Comply with all legal requirements, e.g. Charity Commission
  • Monitor Arts Alive in delivering its mission, aims and objectives
  • Evaluate the performance of the organisation and the board


Trustees will be involved in:

  • Regular attendance and contributions to our quarterly board meetings and our bi-annual away day
  • Acting as a sounding board for our staff team and sharing your individual areas of expertise
  • Feeding into the business planning process and policy development to ensure Arts Alive is operating strategically
  • Building, strengthening and maintaining relationships with our core funders, donors and audiences
  • Supporting us to find new sources of income and feeding into the development of our fundraising strategy
  • Bringing a range of connections from the wider artistic and business communities

Other Information

The time commitment for trustees is attendance at 4 meetings per year, plus a biennial away day. There may be some work between meetings to help fulfil specific strategic issues, but this will depend on the Board members and their availability.

Board papers are emailed in advance of meetings and are available on our online portal. Preparation prior to the meeting is expected.  We will also encourage board members to provide additional time to support specific tasks or initiatives and to provide a sounding board to the staff and other board members. Meetings are normally located in Ludlow, but this can change to suit Trustees.

The role of a trustee is a volunteer position and is not remunerated, but expenses including travel and child care may be claimed.

We believe it is vital board members see our artistic work and would also encourage board members to represent the organisation at networking and other events.  You can find more information on the organisation and its recent productions at


How to Apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter expressing your interest in joining our board of trustees.  In your covering letter please outline how you feel your skills and experiences meet the requirements outlined within this document, and what experience you have that you feel would benefit the organisation. This should be sent to [email protected] If you wish to discuss the trustee role prior to expressing an interest, please contact Paul Graham, chairman of the Board of Trustees 01531 633760.

Deadline – Monday, August 10th  2020




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