AHSW Opportunities

Become a Trustee of AHSW

Arts & Health South West (AHSW) is looking for two new trustees to join the Board from November this year.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 1st November

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 organization, 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, learning disability or physical disability/impairment.
  • Are from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background
  • Have experience working as an artist or in small independent arts organisation
  • Have experience working in the strategic/management side of the arts and cultural sector
  • Are an arts or arts-and-health academic
  • Have knowledge and experience of working with local authorities


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.

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.


The Role of the Board of Trustees of AHSW

The Board has an important function in running the organisation, and guides the organisation in the following ways:

  • The Board acts in the best interest of the charity and its beneficiaries. The Board is not unduly influenced by those who have special interests and places the interests of the charity before any personal interest
  • The Board safeguards and promotes the charity’s reputation
  • The Board is seen to be acting with integrity and in line with the values of the Charity
  • The Board is clear that its main focus is on strategy, performance and assurance, rather than operational matters and reflects this in what it delegates while maintaining responsibility and oversight
  • The Board has a sound decision making and monitoring framework which helps the organisation deliver its charitable purpose
  • The Board promotes a culture of sound management of resources but also understands that being over-cautious and risk averse can itself be a risk and hinder innovation
  • The Board’s culture, behaviours and processes help it to be effective, this includes accepting and resolving challenges and different views
  • All Trustees have appropriate skills and knowledge of the charity and can give enough time to be effective in their role
  • The Board takes decisions collectively and confidently and unites behind those decisions and accepts them as binding
  • The Board ensures that the charity’s performance and interaction with its stakeholders are guided by the values, ethics and culture put in place by the Board.

For more details on the roles and responsibilities of charity trustees please visit the Charity Commission website



Please send a brief CV and covering letter to AHSW Director, Alex Coulter at alex[at]ahsw.org.uk


Key Dates:

  • Deadline for applications: Sunday 1st November
  • Election at the AGM on Friday 20th November

Download a longer version of this advert, with more information, as a PDF here: AHSW New Trustees Advert 2020 PDF

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