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Holmfirth Arts Festival (Holmfirth Art and Music Ltd), Holmfirth (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (On-site) 18.59 miles
Unpaid role, expenses paid

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Job description

Holmfirth Arts Festival is looking to recruit new Trustees to join our Board of Directors to help oversee the strategic direction and governance of this charitable company. This is an exciting time to become involved with the festival as we enter our next three years of activities in Holmfirth and the Holme Valley.

We would be interested in hearing from individuals in the Holme Valley or surrounding area who are/have:

  • Actively or previously worked or been involved in the Arts / Heritage / Culture / Environmental sectors.

  • Experience or understanding of effective community practice.

  • Experience of fundraising for a third sector organisation, through trusts or foundations, sponsorship and philanthropy.

  • Legal or financial experience and business planning.

The role and legal duties of a charity trustee is defined by law and regulated by the Charity Commission. Put simply they are:

  • Ensuring the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.

  • Complying with the charity's governing document and law.

  • Acting in the charity's best interests.

  • Managing the charity's resources responsibly.

  • Acting with reasonable care and skill.

  • Ensuring the charity is accountable.

The main responsibilities of a Trustee in fulfilling these duties are:

  • Understanding, developing and fulfilling the charity’s aims and objectives.

  • Maintaining good governance.

  • Attending and contributing to Company meetings and events as relevant.

  • Supporting the Director and other contract staff and monitoring their performance.

  • Acting as an ambassador for the charity and representing the Board’s agreed position when speaking publicly on behalf of the charity.

  • Ensuring the Board brings relevant skills, experience and knowledge appropriate for the Festival’s needs; is diverse; and reflects the needs of the community it serves. Ensure the Board is refreshed regularly.

  • Facilitate change and address conflict within the Board and the organisation.

All Trustees are also Festival Supporters (currently about 30 volunteers) who help organise and attend festival events.

We would like our board to have a variety of experiences, expertise and perspectives. We are looking for people who can challenge our current ways of working and share their experience with us to enable us to improve.

We appreciate that accessible and inclusive boards make better decisions and we would like our board to be representative of the communities we support. That is why we are actively seeking to recruit a diverse group of trustees. Of particular interest at the present time are new trustees that are under 50 years old or have one or more protected characteristics. Previous experience on a board is not necessary, training and support will be provided once in post.

Time commitment

Trustees normally meet about 8 or 9 times a year, usually in Holmfirth, for evening meetings that last two hours. Virtual attendance can also be accommodated.

As a Festival Supporter, time commitment is variable depending on availability and the requirements of different festival activities. The main Festival weekend in June is a particularly busy time.

It is important that all Trustees are available for occasional ad hoc discussions with the Festival Director and other stakeholders when necessary. Email, Whatsapp and phone are used to maintain contact between meetings. When possible, we restrict contact out of the usual working hours of Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm to support the work-life balance of people involved in our Festival, however, this may differ during Festival delivery.

Terms of appointment

Trustees of Holmfirth Art and Music Ltd are appointed for up to 3 years and can be re-elected for a maximum further 3 years.

The role of a Trustee is a voluntary position, and no salary or fee will be paid.

All Trustees must declare any conflicts of interest where those interests impact a Trustee’s duty to act solely in the interests of the charity.


The law places certain restrictions on becoming a charity trustee. For example, you cannot be under the age of 18, previously have been removed from trusteeship by a charity by a Court or the Charity Commission, disqualified under the Company Director’s Disqualification Act 1986, or been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty (unless the conviction is spent).

If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, visit the Charity Commission website and search for confirmation-of-charity-trustee-eligibility

How to Apply

Please submit an expression of interest to Roger Lancaster which should include;

  • Your Name and Contact Details

  • A CV, if you have one, or an outline of your previous professional and personal experience.

  • Please tell us why you would like to become a trustee of Holmfirth Arts Festival and what you think you could bring to our board of trustees (max 250 words) or in a 2 minute video or sound recording.

Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 1 March 2024.

We will arrange informal meetings with selected candidates for the role at a suitable time for the candidates. Following this you may be invited to shadow a board meeting before the invitation to take up the role is confirmed.

Application resources
Posted on: 14 February 2024
Closing date: 02 March 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: HAF Trustees 2024
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