AHSW Opportunities

Become a Trustee of AHSW

Arts & Health South West (AHSW) is looking for three new trustees to join the Board from November this year. **APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED**




Being a trustee of AHSW provides an opportunity to get involved with shaping and supporting the work of a respected and influential arts and health organisation, as well as a chance to be part of a lively and engaged group of people who share a passionate interest in advocating for arts and health work.

Personal Specification:

We often encourage trustees to offer support to AHSW in particular areas of work, but also welcome the other numerous ways in which people’s own individual skills and experiences can inform the work that we do.

We are actively seeking to broaden the diversity of our board, and also fill skills gaps from departing trustees. We therefore particularly welcome applications from people who:

  • Have lived experience of mental health issues, neurodiversity or physical disability/ impairment.
  • Are from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background
  • Have knowledge and experience of working with environmental issues
  • Have skills/experience relating to fundraising, finance and business management
  • Have knowledge of relevant sectors in the south west region.


Any new Trustees should also:

  • Be passionate about the field of arts and health
  • Be committed to advocating for the benefit of arts for health and wellbeing
  • Be able to explain how all of our activities support our aims and objectives.
  • Understand how we help members and others as a charity.
  • Make sure that we follow the rules in our governing document, ‘Memorandum and Articles of Association’
  • Comply with charity law and other laws that apply to us.
  • Want to be part of a team that has oversight of all AHSW’s activities and helps set its ambitions and direction of travel.

To be a trustee you must NOT:

  • Have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception.
  • Be declared bankrupt.
  • Have been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing.

What are the practical commitments?

Trustees meet 4 times a year, on a weekday afternoon from 1pm – 5pm. These board meetings tend to happen in March, June, September and December. The meetings normally happen in Bristol (close to Temple Meads station), but during the Covid-19 pandemic they have been happening over Zoom – we will continue to meet via Zoom until further notice.

1-2 weeks before each board meeting, the trustees are required to read the board papers, to prepare for the meeting. These tend to include Financial Reports (with an easy-to-follow commentary), the Director’s report, a summary of AHSW’s current activities, and anything particularly relevant to the upcoming meeting.

As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, trustees of AHSW commit to supporting Arts Council England’s Investment Principles.

Trustees also need to agree to being listed as a ‘Director’ of AHSW on Companies House, and will need to answer some survey questions each year as part of AHSW’s reporting requirements.

For more details on the roles and responsibilities of charity trustees please visit the Charity Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/topic/running-charity/trustee-role-board

Key Dates:

Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 31st October

Election at the AGM on Wednesday 24th November


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