The Crafts Council Board of Trustees is led by our Chair, Professor Geoffrey Crossick and is particularly focussed on our future resilience and building our impact nationally. Our new business plan, which sets out our vision for the period leading up to our fiftieth anniversary in 2021, will focus on new audiences and new makers and increasing our impact and resilience. We have
ambitions to grow and diversify our audiences and increase our income through our cultural and commercial activities.
We wish to appoint Trustees who share our belief in the value of craft to society and come from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are looking to hear from individuals who have skills and expertise in one the following areas:
1. A senior cultural leader with strong organisational skills and networks.
2. A well networked individual with fundraising experience and contacts that you
could bring to the Crafts Council.
3. A business person with excellent strategic and financial expertise.
You will be an ambassador for the Crafts Council with great advocacy and networking skills, contacts and profile so that we can continue to grow our support for contemporary craft.
We are particularly seeking to ensure that the board fully reflects the diversity of British society. Trustees are members of the Crafts Council and serve a term of four years. They may be re-appointed for further consecutive term of up to four years. Trustees’ responsibilities are to:
• ensure good governance of the Crafts Council;
• oversee strategic direction of the organisation;
• support the Council’s fundraising activities; and
• act as an ambassador for the Crafts Council.
Trustees are normally expected to be a member of a sub-committee of the Board or may contribute in another informal role. Sub-committees are Finance & Business, Audit, Remuneration and Nominations. Trustees’ duties are as follows:
1. Ensure that the Crafts Council complies with its constitution and other relevant
legislation or regulations.
2. Ensure that the Crafts Council pursues its objects as defined in its Royal Charter.
3. Ensure the Crafts Council applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
4. Engage actively in strategic planning, setting overall policy, and determining the organisation’s mission and vision.
5. Provide advice to the Chair, Director and staff in conjunction with other members of Council in formal sessions and from time to time informally.
6. Attend Council meetings.
7. Safeguard the good name and values of the Crafts Council.
8. Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Crafts Council.
9. Ensure the financial stability of the Crafts Council.
10. In addition to the above statutory duties, each Council member should make best use of their specific skills, knowledge, contacts or experience to further the aims of the Crafts Council.
Candidates are sought who will demonstrate the following essential attributes.
1. A record of achievement in their own walk of life.
2. A passion for craft.
3. A commitment to the mission of the Crafts Council.
4. A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
5. A willingness to share their networks in support of the organisation’s activities.
6. An ability to think strategically.
7. Sound, independent judgement.
8. An ability to think creatively and communicate openly.
9. An understanding and acceptance of the governance, responsibilities and liabilities
of membership of the Council.
10. Good team-working and interpersonal skills.
Previous experience of serving on a Board is desirable but not essential.
If you are interested please contact Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director
About Crafts Council
We are an independent charity established by Royal Charter and funded through a
combination of earned, raised and Arts Council England funding.
We promote the contribution craft makes to the nation’s cultural, social and economic
well-being, and its capacity to transform lives, by delivering projects and working in
partnership across the country.
Over 3 million people annually visit Crafts Council’s exhibitions, showcases, events and
online activity and we support a wide range of makers in their career development. We
are developing the next generation of initiatives to support contemporary craft at a time
when the public’s interest in making has never been more popular.