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Call for New Trustees

Creative Arts East is on the search for up to three new Trustees. (Please note these roles are unpaid)
It's an exciting time to get 'on Board' with our vibrant and growing organisation as we enter a new 4-year round as a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England, and with a wide range of dynamic developments and projects underway. 

We are looking for people of any age or background, keen to lend their enthusiasm and knowledge to Creative Arts East's ongoing development. As a Trustee, you will support our growth, continuing to build our successful model of access to high quality arts experiences which reach communities and individuals, to touch and enhance peoples lives across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider Easter Region. 

As a Trustee you will join our existing and committed Board, helping shape our path and vision, and backing a dedicated and effective team of staff. Our Board is responsible for the overall governance of Creative Arts East, supporting our aims, objectives and goals in keeping with our charitable status, and contributing towards our strategic development, in accordance with legal and regulatory guidelines. 

About Creative Arts East
Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity, engaging people and communities who face geographical, physical or other barriers to participating in the cultural life of their area, in high quality, stimulating arts and cultural activities.  We work across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider Eastern Region.

Our Vision:   Culturally vibrant, connected and motivated rural communities
Our Mission:   To improve community life through the creative use of the arts
Our Core Values:   A Commitment to Excellence, Improvement, Diversity and Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability, Collaboration and Equality of Opportunity.

As an Arts Council England, National Portfolio Organisation, with diverse funding and income streams we deliver:
Two highly successful rural touring schemes:
  • Creative Arts East Live! - a rural touring scheme for professional live performance events
  • Creative Arts East Screen - a touring cinema scheme for rural communities

A wide portfolio of projects that engage people in cultural education, improve health and well-being and assist in the development of community volunteers. For example: 
  • 'Our Day Out' - A programme engaging older people in Norfolk with culture and creativity through participatory music & dance sessions, in a dementia friendly environment;
  • 'Create, Encourage, Promote Music' - A programme of music event management training for young people across rural Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people who share our commitment to making a difference to people's lives through access to high quality arts and cultural experiences, from which they may be rurally or socially isolated. We don't need you to have had any prior experience of being a Trustee. We are looking for people of any age or background who can make a regular commitment, and be an asset in carrying CAE's work onwards. We would particularly welcome interest from people, aged 18 to 30 years.

About the Board
Our Board consists of 6 to 10 members, elected annually. It can also co-opt 2 people with relevant specialisms. The Board should encompass a range of skills, experience and knowledge, ideally covering: Finance, Human Resources, Business Planning, Rural Regeneration, Strategic Development and Planning, Legal, Health and Safety, Marketing/Online Marketing /PR, Community Work/ Working with Vulnerable Groups, the Creative Arts / Cultural sector. 

What we would ask of you
  • To reflect our vision, principles and policies, safeguarding the good name and values of CAE
  • To attend wherever possible, quarterly Board meetings, and the annual Awayday 
  • To occasionally attend additional meetings if required, or represent CAE on outside bodies, if appropriate
  • To have an active interest in the work of CAE, e.g. attending events 
  • To work with Board and staff to achieve and maintain financial stability and standards
  • To contribute your own specific skills, interest, knowledge and contacts to achieve CAE's aims 
  • To support CAE in its fundraising and publicity activities
  • To further the organisation in keeping with its charitable objectives, inc. review of its strategic aims, to ensure this is achieved within legal and financial requirements
  • To maintain confidentiality about any sensitive/confidential information received in the role of Trustee
  • To follow the Trustee Code of Conduct 

What you can expect from us
  • To receive an introduction to the work of Creative Arts East 
  • To receive timely notice of Board meetings, with relevant papers and up to date finances 
  • To receive response to queries in a timely manner 
  • To be kept informed of any major developments regarding the organisation between Board meetings
  • To receive invitations to events and performances, especially if they are a special event
  • To have the opportunity to meet and talk to staff to further understand CAE's work and reach 
  • To receive any specific and appropriate training for the role of Trustee

Person Specification
No formal qualifications are required, but we are looking for people with one or more of the following: 
  • Experience of governing or involvement with a charity/school or similar organisation
  • Experience of running a business or organisation
  • Some knowledge of the arts sector
  • Understanding and/or knowledge of charity law
  • Readiness to offer personal and professional skills and experience to support the work of staff and Board
  • The ability to absorb verbal and written information, including figures in the form of accounts 
  • Ability to think innovatively and creatively
  • Ability to evaluate organisational risk
  • Good communication skills

If you would like an informal chat to find out more about becoming a Trustee of Creative Arts East, please contact Natalie Jode, Executive Director on 01953 713390 or email natalie@creativeartseast.co.uk 

We are currently offering the following volunteer opportunities:

We are currently offering the following paid opportunities:

Click here to find out more about Our Day Out.

Click here to make an application for this role.

If you are interested in volunteering please fill in our registration form and return it to us via post or email Julie@creativeartseast.co.uk
For more information please get in touch by phoning 01953 613395 or email Julie@creativeartseast.co.uk.