Role of Trustees

Trustee Recruitment

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 based in different parts of the country, virtual (online) attendance is possible. Committees and working groups usually meet on Zoom. Papers are circulated by email in good time for trustees to read them 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 advocates 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 advocate for 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 steering 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 here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved

Hear from one of our current trustees about her experience of working with Orchestras Live here.


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