Who we are looking for

Chair Recruitment

Who we are looking for, and why

We are looking for an exceptional individual with the experience, integrity and skills necessary to act as a powerful ambassador for Orchestras Live, and to lead the Board in the governance of the organisation. Leadership experience in any sector and an understanding of the role of not-for-profit Boards are essential. A willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort to the role of Chair is also required.

We are interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate their suitability in the following essential areas:

Experience and skills

  • Leadership role in any sector, paid or voluntary
  • Strategic leadership: working with others to agree objectives, devise, communicate and support the delivery of an organisational plan
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • Networking, advocating and building relationships, on behalf of an organisation, a sector or a cause


  • Best practice corporate and/or charity governance principles
  • Financial literacy

In addition, please let us know if you are able to bring experience, skills or knowledge in one or more of the following beneficial areas.

  • Board membership in the not-for-profit sector
  • Working in or with organisations and with individuals in the cultural sector
  • Working in or with public bodies, e.g. local authorities
  • Working with national policy makers
  • Developing organisational strategies to achieve more equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion
  • Identifying new sources of income, including income-generating models, for the not-for-profit cultural sector
  • Using data to understand and articulate the value of cultural/creative activity and support decision making
  • The operational and creative potential of digital technology
  • The structure of publicly funded cultural provision in England and the role of Orchestras Live within it
  • The role of central and local government in supporting artists and public access to the arts, and their current policy priorities relating to culture, education and social policy

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, age groups and cultures. The Board has made specific commitments to embed equity of access and opportunity across our delivery programme and organisational structure. To help us deliver these, we are keen to hear from Global Majority, D/deaf and disabled candidates to support better representation on our Board and in leadership positions in our sector.

Candidates who self-identify as belonging to one or more of these groups and can demonstrate experience in the essential areas listed above will be guaranteed an online interview at the first stage.

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, which can be found at the end of this document.

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