We are working in partnership with Black Cultural Archives, which is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving, and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in the UK. Through its learning resources, collections and research - such as, online and gallery exhibitions, educational programmes, public engagement events and, of course, its extensive and unique set of archives, museum objects and reference library at 1 Windrush Square, it inspires and give strength to individuals, communities and society. Its resources have been used by people from Filmmaker Steve McQueen to Historian Professor David Olusoga.
Black Cultural Archives has become the leading non-governmental and heritage institutional voice for the Windrush Generation and are leaders in the heritage sector for their work on workforce diversity, and interrogating decolonial archival practices. Its network includes current collaborations with the Universities of Roehampton and King’s College London.
The charity is now seeking to appoint a Chair and three Trustees to join the Board to help deliver its ambitious BCA 2030 Strategy and provide direction and support to the management team. The successful Chair will need to have experience at a senior level with strong management and team building skills. You will need to understand good charity governance, preferably having served on Boards before, building sustainable organisations, be politically astute and willing to be a vocal advocate for the charity. The Chair will also demonstrate strong networking capabilities and the ability to build authentic and solid relationships across the heritage sector, business, and political arenas.
Trustees need to ideally have charity experience and knowledge of the arts and heritage sector. They will need to demonstrate experience of external representation and developing successful partnerships, fundraising skills, and senior strategic leadership experience within an organisation, business, or public body, preferably at board level. Trustees should have a background / expertise in one of the following areas:
- Governance and policy
- Legal, especially charity law
- History (e.g. historian, academic, author, broadcaster, or teacher)
- Fundraising (trusts and foundations)
- Communications (e.g. marketing, PR, or political communications)
- Arts or creative (e.g. influencer, graphic designer, artist, or digital creative)
The Chair should be able to commit themselves to the work of the Board for up to 4 days per month, and trustees around 2 days per month. Board members will serve on a voluntary basis, though reasonable expenses will be paid.
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.
These unremunerated roles are open to all who meet the essential criteria. If you have the passion and enthusiasm and a strong appreciation of the Black Cultural Archives charitable purpose, we would like to hear from you.
For a confidential discussion please contact Adam Stacey, Executive Director or Sandra Smith, Managing Consultant at Charisma, on 01962 813300.
Please quote correct job reference upon application:
Chair – JO2855
Trustees – JO2856
Closing date for applications – 4 August 2021
Interview Dates – mid/late August