BREMF Trustee Recruitment

The Board of Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is looking to recruit at least two dynamic and enthusiastic new trustees, ideally with specialist expertise in inclusion/diversity and finance.

The closing date for applications is 12 November 2021.

Trustee Recruitment Information

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Brighton Early Music Festival (known as BREMF) has been operating since 2002 and is one of the largest promoters of early and traditional music in the UK. BREMF events are attended by around 6000 people annually and the organisation has a strong commitment to supporting and developing young artists, and delivering pioneering activities to support the sector as a whole. With an annual turnover of around £200,000, BREMF is run by a freelance team of Artistic Director, Development Manager, Festival Producer and Concerts Manager, supported by a strong community of more than 50 volunteers, and a dedicated and supportive Board of Trustees.

We feel the time has now come to strengthen and broaden our role in the early music sector – to increase our profile and year-round activity, to develop our digital offer, and to increase our offering of early music from different cultures alongside the 1,000 years of western music we regularly programme; we are therefore keen to widen our board of Trustees to reflect our diverse programming and community, and to also increase our range of expertise.

The Board of BREMF is looking to recruit at least two dynamic and enthusiastic new trustees and would be particularly interested to hear from candidates with specialist expertise in inclusion/diversity and finance.

Inclusion/diversity an artist, arts professional or other enthusiast to broaden the expertise of the board and to help BREMF to provide access to early music-making across cultures, a sense of belonging and sustainable participation across all communities, including ‘hard to reach’ and ‘at risk’ groups

Finance/accounting an experienced individual who can help us find new avenues for fundraising and maintain the focus of BREMF’s financial security.

Your role
The Board of Trustees provides guidance, determines BREMF’s strategic direction and exercises overall control of the charity’s financial affairs.

As a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered Charity, BREMF’s trustees have duties under both company and charity law. Your main duties as a trustee would be:

  • Ensuring proper and effective governance of BREMF in line with our charitable purpose
  • Bringing ideas and expertise to the governance of BREMF
  • Acting as a champion and advocate for BREMF
  • Preparing for and attending board meetings (normally four per year), taking an active part in discussions and decision-making
  • Acting with care and skill, and in the charity’s best interests
  • Managing the charity’s resources responsibly
  • Providing guidance, challenge and support to the BREMF team
  • Attending BREMF events where possible
  • Supporting BREMF’s fundraising activities, building and maintaining relationships with key partners and stakeholders where appropriate

A BREMF Trustee should have:

  • A passion for the arts and creativity
  • Good judgement and decision making skills
  • A willingness to collaborate and act as a member of a team
  • A demonstrable commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion
  • Honesty and integrity
  • The ability to think creatively
  • The courage to challenge
  • Ambition to improve and grow the charity, increasing its positive impact
  • Knowledge of the early music sector in the UK would be a significant advantage.
  • Eligibility to be a charity trustee under charity law (a self-declaration will be requested)

Applications are welcomed from all parts of the UK. It is not essential to be able to attend all Board meetings in person. Like most organisations, we have been meeting online for the past 18 months and we intend to continue with a mix of online and in person meetings moving forwards.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Simon Mathews, Chair of Trustees

Closing date 12 November 2021 at 5pm

BREMF key personnel
Deborah Roberts (Artistic Director, freelance)
Cathy Boyes (Festival Producer, freelance)
Harriet Lawrence (Development Manager, freelance)
Yvonne Eddy (Concerts Manager, freelance)

Current trustees
Christopher Baron
Nicolas Chisholm
Mike Clemens
Gavin Henderson
Simon Mathews (Chair)
Nigel Pittman
Maurice Shipsey
Helen Walker

Brighton Early Music Festival is both a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Charity no. 1097288. Company no. 04741864.

Our most recent Trustees Annual Report and Accounts can be viewed on our Charity Status page