Board Recruitment

The Maltings (Berwick) Trust is seeking expressions of interest from individuals willing to join the Board of the Maltings (Berwick) Trust – supporting the organisation through a period of transformational change at an exciting time in our 30 year history.

We’re about to enter an unprecedented 4 year period of renewal and growth – working with Northumberland County Council on a major capital project funded by the Borderlands Growth Deal. We’ll be creating a new venue for Berwick on our current site, securing our leadership role as the anchor organisation for Berwick’s culture-led regeneration, strengthening our artistic programme, expanding our community engagement and youth arts programme, and growing our reach and impact. The new Maltings is currently due to open in 2025, necessitating a 2 year decant period to temporary locations at Berwick Barracks and elsewhere during 2023 and 2024.

ABOUT THE MALTINGS (BERWICK) TRUST

Seen as one of the region’s key cultural and strategic assets by Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, the Maltings (Berwick) Trust operates across 3 different sites in the centre of Berwick-upon-Tweed. We aim to be accessible to all.

Our main venue (The Maltings) provides a year-round programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy, films & event broadcasts, classes, and family friendly events. Our visual arts programme (previously known as Berwick Visual Arts) delivers regular opportunities to experience exceptional, ambitious visual art through a curated programme of exhibitions across two galleries in the town centre (The Granary Gallery and The Gymnasium Gallery) alongside artist residencies, activities for schools, and other outreach projects.

As a principal creative hub, and an organisation with social objectives, we have a strong partnership programme with artists, local organisations, schools and community groups. We currently employ a team of c 15 (FTE), as well as freelance project staff and 50 volunteers.

As a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, revenue funding from Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council accounts for 30% of our income. We earn the rest via a mix of ticket sales, trading income, venue hires and fundraising.

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THE ROLE OF TRUSTEE

We currently have 7 Trustees, with a range of professional backgrounds – finance, public sector, cultural management, project management, capital projects, Health & safety, PR/brand development. We are keen to expand the Board by recruiting up to 5 new Trustees during 2022.

We recognise that to deliver effectively against ACE Investment Principles (Ambition & Quality, Dynamism, Environmental Responsibility, and Inclusivity & Relevance) we require additional skills at Board level, including equalities, environmental sustainability, digital, education, legal & commercial, and cultural / creative industries management. We are also keen to champion gender diversity and recruit Trustees under 40, and we will offer mentoring support for young people interested in joining our Board.

All Trustees work in a voluntary capacity and are unpaid, but all reasonable expenses incurred on our behalf will be reimbursed. They are expected to attend 4 formal Board meetings a year, participate in time limited working groups and additional planning sessions as required, and attend events and exhibitions through the year. Meetings are currently held in person in Berwick and online.

Trustees are expected to act as champions for the Trust, promoting the organisation positively across their own networks and communities.
Trustees are appointed initially for a 3 year term, and may then stand again for one additional term of 3 years.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Write to us to express your interest in being considered as a Trustee, outlining your experience, telling us how you believe you could contribute to the future success of The Maltings (Berwick) Trust, and enclose a CV. By email to ceo@maltingsberwick.co.uk or by post to BOARD RECRUITMENT, The Maltings, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ.

To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Susan Hallsworth, Chair of the Trust, on susan@outlandarchitects.co.uk.

The Maltings (Berwick) Trust is committed to promoting equal opportunities. You will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We strongly encourage you to complete and return the attached Diversity Monitoring Information Request. All information provided will be separated from other documentation on receipt, and will be held anonymously for monitoring purposes only.

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The deadline for submission is 12 noon on Monday 31 January 2022.

Download the Diversity Monitoring Information Request HERE.