Join Our Board of Trustees

August 10, 2021
3:17 pm
Kitty Bew

Phoenix Art Space is looking for new people to join its board of trustees. You do not need to have been on a board before, and we can provide training and support if you are unfamiliar with the role of a charity trustee.

The key qualifications to be on the board are an interest in and support of Phoenix Art Space’s work, and a willingness to volunteer some time to help make that work even better. Trustees are available for an informal discussion of the role before you apply and if your application is taken forward you will be invited to join us at a board meeting to help you decide whether being on Phoenix Art Space’s board is right for you.

We are particularly keen to receive​ ​applications from people of colour; Disabled people, people who identify​ ​as being LGBTQIA; and those from a lower socio-economic background.​ We are currently looking to recruit trustees with knowledge and experience of human resources, access to art, income generation and enterprise, and grant funding.

Trustee Role
The trustees are a team that work to support the vision of Phoenix Art Space, but in particular the CEO and the wider staff team and membership by providing a mix of support and advice. Some of that takes place at quarterly trustee meetings, where the CEO reports on Phoenix’s work, and brings decisions and choices to the board for discussion and advice, and some of that takes place day-to-day, when individual trustees have skills or experience that can support individual team members, and have the time to take a support or mentoring role.

Some things that the board does are legally required – for example they supervise the writing of an annual report on the charity’s work, and are required to approve that report. They also regularly review the risks that the charity is exposed to, and the state of the charity’s finances. Overall, they are required to check that the charity is complying with the relevant laws, and is focused on achieving its charitable objects – the aims the charity was founded to achieve. These are written slightly formally to meet the Charity Commission’s requirements, but are:

1. Promotion of the Arts,
2. Advancement of public education in the appreciation, production, and practice, of the Arts, particularly in the towns of Brighton and Hove, and in other areas of Sussex.
3. To relieve poor artists by providing workspace and studio facilities and by the provision of advice in artists development seminars.

The board also works in more flexible ways. As mentioned above, the board meetings let the CEO bring problems and opportunities for discussion and the board team is often adjusted to reflect the strategic issues the charity is focused on.

Trustee Responsibilities
The key responsibility for board members is to help Phoenix work towards its vision, purpose and goals through the following activities:

  • Attend four regular board meetings a year
  • Advise on, and help develop, organisational strategy and delivery, including policies that fall within your expertise
  • Ensure compliance with governing documents and the law
  • Ensure accountability to Phoenix members, funders and wider movement
  • Maintain proper fiscal oversight, signing off and scrutinising reporting against budgets
  • Oversee the management of risks to Phoenix funding, reputation and delivery
  • Exemplify Phoenix’s values and culture through ways of working and interacting
  • Maintain effective board performance (including appointing new board members)
  • Effectively work with, and respect the expertise of the Phoenix staff team.

Trustee Specification
We would like trustees to have the following skills and attributes: equally, these are attributes all board members should be working to develop, and training (e.g. in safeguarding) and support will be provided.

  • A commitment to the mission of PHOENIX ART SPACE
  • A willingness to meet the minimum time requirement
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgment
  • An ability to think creatively
  • An understanding of safeguarding
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of PHOENIX ART SPACE

The board of trustees collectively needs skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Financial management, income generation and enterprise
  • Public policy and public affairs
  • National and local voluntary sector
  • National and local government and statutory bodies
  • Digital strategy
  • Digital marketing
  • Trading subsidiaries and social enterprise
  • Human resource management
  • Volunteering management and brokerage
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Social impact
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion.

How to apply:
Please send your CV and a covering letter of up to two pages outlining your relevant experience and your interest in joining the Board of Trustees of Phoenix Art Space to by the application deadline, Friday 1 October.

Interviews will be held on Monday 11 October
For information pack please contact Belinda Greenhalgh at
If you would like an informal conversation about the role with our current Chair Sian Prime or with our Executive Director/CEO Sarah Davies, please contact


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