Trustee Vacancy: Society Chair

The Trustees of the Three Choirs Festival Society seek to appoint a new Chair of trustees to succeed Jeremy Wilding, who has served as Chairman since 2015.

Founded in 1996, the Three Choirs Festival Society is a charity which exists to enable devotees of the festival to support it financially through Society membership, and whose trustees also manages the investment of endowment funds gifted to ensure the future prosperity of the festival. Together these income streams allow the Society to support around 6% of the TCF Association’s annual turnover and make provision for additional support in the event of unforeseen financial challenges. 

The Society also has a social function, bringing together members for special events where friendships can be consolidated and enthusiasm for the festival nurtured. Members enjoy benefits such as priority booking at various levels and exclusive festival insights via the Society Spotlight newsletter. The Society presently has over 750 membership subscriptions representing around 1000 individuals.

The role of the Society Chair is to lead the Society trustees in ensuring that the Society fulfils its charitable objects while nurturing the charity’s membership base, working with the Association’s staff to enhance and develop the experience of members, and to represent to Society on the TCF Association’s Board of Directors (of which the Society Chair is an exofficio member).

This voluntary role is a vital touchstone between an enthusiastic body of members, many of whom are dedicated attendees of the festival, the festival’s professional administrative team, and the Association’s Board of Directors, who are responsible for the oversight of the Festival’s delivery and the organisation’s related activity.

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Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 17 April 2020
Time Commitment: The Society meets quarterly, immediately before or after the Association Board of Directors, with each round of meetings occupying around half a day (plus preparation time for papers). The Society holds an AGM for its members annually during the festival, and the Society Chair also plays an active role in agreeing the content of the member’s magazine, Spotlight. From time-to-time, either the Society or Association trustees may call additional meetings. The appointment is made for an initial term of three years and is eligible for re-election for up to two further terms. A trustee induction will be provided by the Association’s Chief Executive.
Location: meetings generally take place as centrally as possible in the Three Choirs counties, often in or near Ledbury. It may sometimes be necessary to visit the Association office in Gloucester.
Pay: this is a voluntary role, but necessary out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed.

How to Apply
To apply, please send a letter, comprising no more than 2 A4 pages in total, outlining your suitability for this role and any relevant experience by noon, Monday 27 April. Because the role of Association Director is conferred upon the Society Chair ex-officio, applications should also confirm that you are willing to consent to a DBS Check, in line with the Association’s Safeguarding Policy.
Applications or requests for further information should be sent by email to Catherine Lewen