Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Job description

General purpose of the role:

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership to the board of Trustees and support for the Chief Executive. The Chair’s aim is to enable the Trustees to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

The Chair (with the support of the administration staff) will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objectives.

The role of Chair, and all the Trustees, is non-executive. However, the Chair will work closely with and oversee the work of the Chief Executive and Senior Management to achieve the aims of the organisation, and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff.

In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, the Chair has responsibility for tasks which are specific to the role.

The Person

The Chair should be able to demonstrate some, or all, of the following:


  • Recognisable skills, experience and knowledge, at the highest level of cultural and/or commercial business acumen.
  • Significant leadership and management skills, in order to ensure that the Board is a dynamic, coherent and effective non-executive group. 
  • The ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent intellectual and judgmental skills, experience of strategic decision making, diplomacy and tact.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to chair meetings.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Chair and trustee.
  • Ability to understand local, regional and cultural agendas and how SMEC can contribute to them.
  • Ability to represent the organisation and to inspire confidence in staff, other trustees, funders and key stakeholders.
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.


  • Commitment to, and understanding of, the activities and services of Showroom Workstation.
  • Proven success in establishing sustainable commercial activities and income generation.
  • Experience of the cultural sector and of balancing business with cultural, community or social objectives.
  • An understanding of the public policy context and its agencies as well as the role of national, regional and local government.

We strive for equality of opportunity in all our activities. We therefore welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Time Commitment:

The total time commitment for this role is around 2 days a month. This includes:

  • Chairing the full Board meetings - 6 per year, held bi-monthly on the last Monday of the calendar month (6 pm – 8 pm).
  • Attending the Finance and Operations Sub Committee - 12 per year, held on the last Monday of each calendar month (5 pm – 6 pm).
  • Attend, if possible, occasional Employment Sub Committee - approximately 2 per year, but arranged as required (usually 1 hour long).
  • Meet with the Chief Executive once a month to keep each other updated and plan agendas etc. (approx. 4 hours per month).
  • Other meetings - ad hoc.
  • Networking events - ad hoc.
  • General emails and correspondence.

The Chair is supported by the SMEC administration team and the Deputy Chair.

How to Apply:

To apply, please provide the following:

  • A covering letter to tell us why you are interested in the role and what you feel you can bring to the organisation, plus a comprehensive CV or biography (a statement outlining your roles, responsibilities and achievements in the organisations in which you currently and previously worked).
  • A completed equal opportunity form (enclosed). This information will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only.
  • Daytime and evening contact telephone numbers that will be used with discretion.

You may e-mail your application to Julie Simpson, Company Secretary, Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre Limited, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX.

Closing date: Monday 18th November 2019 at 12noon.

General enquiries:

In the first instance please contact Julie Simpson, General Manager with any queries regarding the vacancies or application process.

For an informal conversation about the role prior to submitting your application please contact Ian Wild, Chief Executive or Peter Brooks, current Chair.

The outgoing Chair and the Chief Executive will thoroughly brief the incoming Chair before they formally take over the role.

Posted on: 09 October 2019
Closed date: 18 November 2019
Job ref: SMECLTDChair
Tags: Trustees, Governance