Job Title: Chair
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lichfield
Salary: £0.00 - voluntary
Reference: J63957
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 24, 2020 11:42

Job Description

The Lichfield Garrick theatre is a thriving, vibrant cultural hub at the heart of Lichfield, it attracts patrons from well beyond the local area as well as some of the top performers touring the UK. Its community and education work is building loyal and enthusiastic audiences, participants and practitioners.

The Lichfield Garrick Theatre seeks a highly motivated, well connected and locally based arts enthusiast and business leader to head up the charity board of trustees.

What will you be doing?

Our Chair must be able to advocate for the theatre, influence stakeholders, spearhead fundraising initiatives and bring a wide range of relevant experience.

As a leader of a modern board of trustees, the chair will need to be comfortable running meetings, ensuring that the trustees are fulfilling their duties within Charities Commission guidelines, taking responsibility for actions decided upon in board meetings and being a visible and vocal advocate for the theatre.  The chair should be comfortable taking an active role in fundraising and influencing for the theatre.

The Board of Trustees needs to fulfil the modern-day requirements of an arts organisation, steering the charity, whilst providing access to philanthropic givers, influencing local stakeholders and offering specialist expertise when the business requires.  The chair should be based locally, knowledgeable about the city and its infrastructure and enthusiastic about the role the theatre and the arts play in society. The chair should be skilled in running meetings to ensure that all trustees are able to input their views and experience.  As volunteers, our trustees aim to support the theatre’s development by bringing their time and experience; it is hoped that our chair would be in a position to lead by example and that his/her enthusiasm and passion for the arts would help to guide the trustees’ decision making.

What are we looking for?

  • Commitment to the theatre
  • Support a culture which ensures equality and fairness for all, an inclusive programme and ethos, and a trail-blazing artistic role within our community.
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak their mind
  • Leading discussions in a manner which ensures that all trustees’ opinions are heard
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Willingness to make and stand by collective decisions, including those which may be unpopular
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, building relationships with stakeholders including trustees, Garrick staff members, LDC and supporters
  • Willingness to introduce supporters/donors to the theatre
  • A wide range of contacts within Lichfield and local area

Time Commitment

Estimate of time needed is up to five hours per month.  There are around eight meetings per year (average four hrs per meeting); three Press Events (average four hours consisting of drinks reception/watching a show)

What's in it for the volunteer?

These are challenging times for the arts; this opportunity allows an individual to take a creative approach to building on the already considerable achievements of a successful arts organisation. 

How to apply

Applications are made via Reach in the first instance where you should submit a CV which outlines your experience to date and interest in the theatre along with an expression of interest letter.

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