Charity Trustee

Job Title: Charity Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: East London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J74449
Contact Name: Rachel Ord
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 06, 2021 14:39

Job Description

Craft Central – registered charity number 281415  has been nurturing and supporting craftspeople since 1976. The Board is now seeking to recruit new trustees to strengthen our governance and expand the skills and experience available.

What will you be doing

Craft Central plays a vital role in promoting crafts and has an enviable track record in gaining interest and support for fine craft skills, practices and products, from an ever increasing and wide audience. 

Craft Central at The Forge on the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is now home to a vibrant mix of individuals and practices, ranging from jewellery, illustration, graphic design, animation, photography, millinery, leathercraft, fashion design, video editing, architecture, music composition, fabric design, Saori weaving, embroidery, painting, glass making, sculpture, dressmaking, lettering, perfumery, swimwear, sign-painting, digital art and bespoke floristry. 

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic new trustees who have an arts and crafts background, and/or who have a commercial and business background and/or who represent our diverse and dynamic local communities. Trustees would need to attend between 4 and 6 two hour meetings at The Forge each year, serve as company directors, and support the development of our work in a variety of ways dependent on their experience and interest and on the changing needs of the charity. If you are interested in becoming a trustee at this exciting and challenging time for the charity please contact us via Reach.

What are we looking for?

People who are enthusiastic about and committed to contemporary art, and who are sympathetic to the needs of craft makers in the UK. We are also seeking Trustees who will add to and complement the skills and experience of other Board members.

The Board is looking to expand our group of Trustees as we move into our next phase of development, and are particularly interested in recruiting candidates with the following profile, skills or experience:

  • Finance or accountancy.
  • Marketing and Communication.
  • Fundraising and income generation.
  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Buildings and their management.
  • Business Strategy.

Our board members must also:

  • Have credibility and standing within their own community or profession.
  • Act as an advocate for Craft Central.
  • Have the ability to operate as an effective Board member at formal meetings and to discuss, listen to, evaluate and have respect for different views.
  • Be willing and able to make time to attend quarterly Board meeting.
  • Be prepared to offer advice and expertise in their specialist areas.
  • Be willing to participate in additional meetings, events and interviews from time to time.
  • Attempt to remain aware of developments in the fields relevant to the organisation.
  • Be loyal to Board decisions and maintain confidentiality.
  • Serve the organisation as a whole rather than a particular interest group within it.
  • Support senior staff.
  • Avoid conflict of interest in relation to any matters of personal interest.

The Board of Trustees are critical in setting and overseeing Craft Central’s mission, and work with the staff team to lead on and enact the vision for the organisation’s future. You don’t have to have previous experience as a Board member or Trustee, and not all our Trustees are from an arts or culture background. What we do want are diverse, enthusiastic and committed applicants who believe in the fundamental value of crafts and culture, and who are able to apply their particular skills and life experience to this dynamic organisation, with its broad business model that enables us to support contemporary craft in the UK.

 What is in it for the volunteer?

We need new trustees with new ideas, new skills and diverse experiences to complement the existing Board members and ensure continued growth and development of our charitable vision and mission.  We need people who can make a difference and help us in relation to viable, sustainable income streams (from self generated income, fundraising and partnerships), who can help manage an organisation through a time of significant change and who share our passion to support creative innovation.

Further Information

Our Board Members will be expected to attend 4 Board meetings a year, attend exhibitions and other events and meetings wherever possible.

Applications are through the Reach platform. Please provide a CV/LinkedIn profile or similar along with a supporting statement.