London, Greater London
Job description

THE FEDERATION OF BRITISH ARTISTS is seeking a new trustee with financial acumen

The Federation of British Artists (the FBA) is the national centre for contemporary, figurative art, with administration offices and a large, contemporary gallery space located on The Mall in central London.  Established in 1961, the FBA provides administration, technical and marketing services, together with gallery resources for the Federation’s nine Member Societies and their annual exhibitions.  The art societies are as follows:

The Royal Society of British Artists

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

The New English Art Club

The Pastel Society

The Society of Wildlife Artists

The Hesketh Hubbard Life Drawing Class

The FBA earns a large and growing share of its income (c.60%) from other activities, including hosting the exhibitions of other visiting solo artist and group shows, art fairs and events that select Mall Galleries as their exhibitions or events venue of choice. The FBA operates a trading company (Mall Galleries Trading Ltd) for its non-charitable trading activities.  The charity delivers public benefit through its commitment to offer an active and inclusive programme of arts education to diverse audiences. 

The FBA has a board of 14 Trustees (the present chairman is Jonathan Glasspool).  Each of the art societies which comprise the FBA are represented on the Board.  There are up to six independent trustees.  The staffing consists of a team of twenty full-time or part-time professionals.  A further team of part-time Gallery Technicians undertakes picture handling and technical responsibilities.  There are x3 sub committees to the board.   The current turnover of the organisation is £1.8 million.

A new Chief Executive was appointed in 2019 to lead the organisation into the 2020’s.  The five year ambitions 2020-25 will focus on the living, figurative artists who are members of the FBA through the independent art societies.  The FBA’s aim is to serve these artists by positioning them and their work through wider public engagement and sales. 

To support these initiatives and to ensure a healthy future for the FBA, the Board seeks a new trustee who will lead on the financial and operational health of the organisation.


A trustee is expected to attend x4 Board meetings pa and be a member of the Finance and Budget Committee (x4 meetings pa) and mentor or advise the staff as and when required.

Trustee specification – Finance role

You will be a qualified accountant with substantial experience of delivering high quality financial services and have an understanding or experience in managing operational functions for a public facing organisation.

If you are interested in this role, please respond to Clare O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of British Artists, by email by 25th November 2019.

Posted on: 24 October 2019
Closed date: 25 November 2019
Tags: Finance, Trustees