About you and the trustee role

Trustee recruitment

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, age groups and cultures. Previous trustee experience is not essential – we support new trustees with training and mentoring including matching them with a more experienced trustee as a buddy. 

We offer access support for people who face barriers to inclusion, meeting in accessible venues, being flexible in scheduling meetings at different times of day and covering travel expenses as outlined in our Inclusion Statement.

What you will be expected to do

Trustees meet as a full Board at least four times a year and there are a small number of standing committees and working groups. Board meetings and an annual Away Day usually take place in either Leeds or London; as our trustees are widely dispersed we offer the facility for virtual (online) attendance if required. Committees and working groups usually meet on Zoom. Papers are circulated via email in good time to enable trustees to read thoroughly before the meeting.

In addition, trustees are expected to attend at least two Orchestras Live activities a year and contribute feedback for our internal evaluation systems.      

Whilst the role is voluntary and unpaid, travel and other appropriate expenses are reimbursed.     

Role of Trustees  

The trustees have ultimate accountability for Orchestras Live, ensuring that it is solvent, well run, and delivering its charitable outcomes. Trustees must act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interests and are expected to be champions for Orchestras Live whenever the opportunity arises.   

All trustees need to meet the following essential criteria:  

  • commitment to and support of Orchestras Live’s purpose and vision;  
  • commitment to creating a more equal and fair orchestral sector and to ensuring that Orchestras Live’s governance and internal systems cement an inclusive approach across everything we do and how we do it;
  • an ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgement;
  • an ability to reflect their own area of expertise in the full range of board discussions; 
  • an ability to champion Orchestras Live both within their own context and that of Orchestras Live networks and events; 
  • a clear understanding of, or willingness to undertake training to acquire, the principles of charitable and corporate governance.  

In return, we offer you the opportunity to be an essential part of the future development of an innovative and forward-thinking organisation, bringing the thrill of live orchestral music to people and places all over England and leading new thinking in the sector. Being a trustee will provide you with new insight into the charitable and cultural sectors and the opportunity to build your knowledge and skills. You can find out more about being a trustee on the government's website.


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