We are looking for individuals with a range of experiences and from a range of backgrounds who would like to use their expertise to support our projects and activities.
Trustees are champions of KWMC and help to guide and develop the organisation. The Board is not expected to be involved in the day-to-day running of KWMC – this is the job of the staff team – however, we expect the Board to provide strategic guidance and support for the wider programme of KWMC.
We have been based in Knowle West for 20 years and are committed to supporting our local community, and we would particularly welcome interest from local residents in becoming trustees.
– advise on and help to develop KWMC strategy
– support KWMC’s ambition to deliver a programme that has impact and longevity
– ensure compliance with governing documents
– attend quarterly evening trustees’ meetings held at KWMC
– ensure accountability
– ensure compliance with the law
– maintain proper fiscal oversight, working with the honorary treasurer
– help with fundraising where appropriate (e.g. attend events or make introductions)
– respect and support the role of staff
– maintain effective board performance (including new trustee recruitment)
– promote the organisation to target stakeholders
Trustees are expected to attend quarterly Board meetings of approximately 2 hours. These are held in Bristol but with facilities for joining remotely. We would also call on Trustees to help us with specific issues, where they have the skills and time to assist. We are conscious of time constraints and would only call on you as necessary. We would also ask that you put some time into promoting KWMC to funders and other networks.
Knowle West Media Centre is a not-for-profit organisation and our Trustees are not paid. However, if financial considerations are a barrier to your participation we would like to discuss how we can remove them.
As well as the Board of Trustees we are keen to expand our network of Critical Friends. A Critical Friend is an expert in their field who can provide an independent view of KWMC, our programmes, projects or processes, and who will prompt and support us with honest reflection and appraisal (or reappraisal). A Critical Friend could ask provocative questions, provide additional data, evidence or lessons from elsewhere that offer a different perspective, or critique processes and/or reports. Critical Friends are only called on as and when we require advice, and do not attend Board meetings.
To put yourself forward to join Knowle West Media Centre’s Board of Trustees, or to become a Critical Friend, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org including a statement (250 words maximum) detailing what you think you would bring to KWMC and a short CV.