Are you interested in being part of an exciting, creative thinking art school? We are looking for a new Chair of Trustees to help steer its future direction together alongside our enthusiastic directors and trustees.
Sunningwell School of Art, in the delightful village of Sunningwell near Abingdon in Oxfordshire , is a unique centre for the tuition of art to students of all ages and abilities. It is a small educational charitable organisation that started in 1977 and has grown to provide drawing, painting, sculpture and pottery courses for over 400 students a term including children. It is funded by fees, fundraising and small grants with a revenue of c £270 K p.a. it was established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2019.
We are currently seeking a new Chair to lead the team of voluntary trustees following the retirement of the current Chair. The trustees work closely with the Artist and Administrative Directors to deliver an exciting programme of creative courses across the visual arts and crafts.
The responsibilities of the Chair of the board of trustees include:
Directing its affairs, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up.
Leading its strategic development and enabling it to reach sound decisions using your skills knowledge and experience.
Acting as an ambassador for Sunningwell School of Art, safe guarding its good name and its long established values.
Ensuring effective relationship between the trustees, staff and students.
Ensuring that the school has appropriate policies and procedures commensurate with a CIO including safeguarding, health and safety, financial controls.
Overseeing and monitoring the management and administration of the school.
The essential attributes are:
Commitment to the school, its vision and values.
Understanding of both charity governance and business practices. (previous experience of being a trustee is not essential)
Integrity, strategic vision, good independent judgement, leadership and a willingness to contribute.
The trustees meet six times a year often followed by a combined meeting with the Directors.Trustees are encouraged to support the school at open evenings and events as part of their ambassadorial role.
For further information you can arrange to speak to the Acting Chair of Trustees via the contact information listed.