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Bishopsgate Institute


Job ID-150

Deadline for applications: 28th April 2024

Inclusive Boards are delighted to be supporting Bishopsgate Institute in their search for a new Chair. 

​​​Bishopsgate Institute was built in 1894 to provide a  space and opportunity for people to come together, share and explore. Today the core of its mission and public benefit remains its special collections and archives, which document and celebrate the extraordinary lives of everyday people, including the largest LGBTQIA+ archive in the UK.

For 130 years, the Institute has been a cultural hub for the people of London to come together and learn in extraordinary spaces. Its beautiful historic building is home to thought-provoking archives, which celebrate the stories of everyday people who have strived for social, political, and cultural change.

Bishopsgate are seeking the Institute's next Chair of Trustees to take up the role formally in December 2024. The successful candidate will become a Trustee at the October Board, with the current Chair, Nigel Pantling, handing over the Chair role at the end of the December Board meeting.

In these immensely challenging times for charities, culture and heritage organisations – and all of us –  the Institute is not alone in grappling with significant financial challenges. The new Chair will play a vital and exciting role by strategically overseeing vital change and transformation that will allow the Institute to keep championing and celebrating the experience of those marginalised or ignored by mainstream society, while not losing sight of the wider learning mission of the organisation.

The ideal candidate will: 

  • Have significant experience serving on boards, preferably with previous experience as Chair.
  • Have Exceptional, inclusive and energising leadership skills; able to cultivate effective collaboration but also comfortable in taking responsibility for difficult choices.
  • Be excited to give the time and energy needed to the challenges and opportunities ahead for the Institute with a willingness to act as an ambassador, advocate and leverage networks where appropriate.
For a full person specification and more information about the role please download the candidate pack using the links on this page. 

To apply, please provide:

  • A detailed CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum 2 sides) highlighting your suitability for the  trustee role. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and will be assessed.
  • Details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of their relationship to you and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.

If you have further questions or would like a conversation with one of our consultants about the role, please email or call 0207 267 8369.