Board member with a financial background.

Liverpool, Merseyside
Voluntary Role which is unpaid
09 Feb 2018
16 Mar 2018
Charity Board Recruitment 2018


Liverpool’s Centre for the Contemporary Arts

Bluecoat is seeking a new board member with a financial background.

Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, offering a year-round programme of exhibitions and a range of music, dance, literature, live art and heritage events.  As conservators of a rich history and ornate building, which marked its 300 year anniversary in 2017, we are also home to around thirty artists, collectives, small arts organisations and craftspeople.

As part of our building’s 300th anniversary we refreshed our purpose as a space for artists, audiences and participants in the arts. Our ambition is to develop an artists’ hub for the North, underpinned by local talent development and linked to national and international opportunities.

Alongside this objective, we are also developing a business model which will combine a new heritage offer, an effective trading subsidiary and the expansion of our award-winning participation work into other centres in the North West and further afield. This new business will require capital works to Bluecoat’s Grade 1 listed city centre building. 

We are seeking a new Board Member with a financial background to:

  1. Support the work of Bluecoat in strategic and financial planning for growth and expansion. 
  2. Ensure the charity understands and fulfils its financial responsibilities and has adequate processes and procedures to plan and manage a major development, in both capital and operational terms.
  3. Support the staff team in key financial negotiations with funders and other stakeholders.
  4. Extend our networks for fundraising.
  5. Advocate for, and raise the profile of Bluecoat within the financial and other professions, by association and through other means.
  6. Contribute knowledgeably to strategy development and fulfil the other functions of board membership.

Skills and Experience

With this purpose in mind, the appointment will be someone who:


  • Understands and supports Bluecoat’s purpose (see below).
  • Has a formal financial qualification and a familiarity with charity finances.
  • Has some knowledge of and interest in the arts, artists, arts participation and heritage.
  • Has access to relevant networks and knowledge which goes beyond our existing intelligence in these areas, especially insights that we would find difficult to access directly by other means.
  • Is well networked and influential, with evidence of ambition and achievement.
  • Has ability to contribute some time to the board - a minimum of four, two-hour and one extended meeting a year and attendance at events.


  • Has at least three years’ experience as a Board Member.
  • Experience of audit.



Bluecoat’s purpose is to:

  • Support diverse artists to develop their practice at all stages of their careers, to engage with audiences and to communicate the power and value of art to as broad a spectrum of people as possible.
  • Preserve, reveal and interpret the multi-faceted story of our historic building -  making it accessible to a range of audiences through activities, exhibitions, events and digital content in appropriate formats.
  • Help more people find a meaningful place for the arts in their lives, creating safe and inclusive spaces for everyone to engage as audience and participant.
  • Develop increasingly sustainable facilities that will generate income and support from a range of sources in order to support local and international artists and arts participants.


Meetings of the Board

The Bluecoat Board meets five times a year, four quarterly meetings and one away-day to reflect on existing work and develop plans for the future.  Board meetings are normally on a Monday from 3pm - 5pm, but this is under review as we seek to diversify our membership. Board Members are also asked to apply their skills to specific areas of the organisation’s needs, on Board committees or with the Chief Executive and her leadership team.

Board Members serve for a term of three years. Membership may be renewed once, for a further three year term, based on a three-yearly skills and composition audit.


If you are interested in becoming a member of Bluecoat’s board, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please send a CV or summary of your experience and a statement setting out what you would bring to Bluecoat to:

Closing date: Friday 16 March 2018 at 5.00pm

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

New Members

While we are seeking one new Board Member with a financial background immediately, we plan as part of this process to create a panel of people from which future Board Members might be drawn.

Company limited by Guarantee No. 02246627   Charity No: 700862


Bluecoat has a distinguished history dating from its origins in 1717 as a new building for Blue Coat School. After the school moved to more spacious premises in 1906 the building was occupied by artists and has remained an arts centre with a particular commitment to artists ever since. More can be found on Bluecoat's website.