Trustee Recruitment

Trustee Role Description

We are looking for a team player, who is motivated to break down barriers which prevent people accessing the arts to join our board of trustees. We are a passionate and dedicated team, but in need of support developing new procedures and strategies and plans to help the charity grow. We welcome hands-on trustees who wish to come and help at workshops and events but this is not expected or a requirement of the role.

Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, SCIPs management and administration. They play a very important role, in a sector that contributes significantly to the character and wellbeing of the country.

Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons - from a sense of making a difference to the charitable cause, to new experiences and relationships.

We welcome and encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds. Having a board with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences will enable SCIP to improve decision making to be more inclusive and have better understandings of potential barriers people have experience accessing arts.  SCIP are focused on working with people who share our vision and values.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Act in SCIP’s best interests
  • Manage SCIPs resources responsibly – implementing financial controls and managing risk.
  • Act with reasonable care and skill – seeking appropriate advice when needed.
  • Understand SCIPs purposes and explain how all of SCIPs activities aim to support these.
  • Comply with charity law requirements and other laws applicable to SCIP.

Responsibilities and tasks

The role of trustee can be for either 2 or 3 years, with the option to seek re-election onto the board after this period.

The role of Trustee is likely to require a commitment of  2 days per month with this reducing following development of current systems and increasing the board member numbers. This includes a commitment to Board meetings and sub-groups between meetings where relevant. Board members are encouraged, whilst not compulsory to contribute to other activities, including acting in an ambassadorial role, attending SCIP events and provision of expertise in areas such as policy writing and specific bodies of work.

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task may not be identified.



Accountable to

Board of Trustees and Charity Commission

Liaising with

Board of Trustees and Senior Management

Pay Scale

This is an unpaid role


Approximately 2 days per month

Term of Office

2 years


Ensure that SCIP is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit

·   Ensure you understand SCIP’s purposes for which it was set up and no other purpose.

·  Plan what SCIP will do and what SCIP will achieve.

·  Be able to explain how all of SCIPs activities are intended to further or support its purposes.

Comply with SCIPs governing document and the law

· Comply with charity law requirements and other laws applicable to SCIP

·  Take reasonable steps to find out about legal requirements, for example reading guidance or taking appropriate advice where needed.

Act in SCIPs best interests

· With your co-trustees, make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term

· Avoid putting yourself in a position where your duty to your charity conflicts with your personal interests or loyalty to any other person or body

· Not receive any benefit from the charity unless it is properly authorized and is clearly in the charity’s interests; this also includes anyone who is financially connected to you, such as a partner, dependent child or business partner

Manage SCIPs resources responsibly

· You must act responsibly, reasonably and honestly. This is sometimes called the duty of prudence.

· Make sure the SCIP’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes

· avoid exposing the charity’s assets, beneficiaries or reputation to undue risk

· not over-commit the charity

· take special care when investing or borrowing

· comply with any restrictions on spending

Act with reasonable care and skill

· Complete all mandatory training necessary to your role.

· Commit to expanding your knowledge and understanding though reading relevant guidance and attending any further training.

·  Ensure you have enough time, energy and are fit enough to carry out your role.

· Share knowledge and experiences with the board which are of benefit to SCIP.

· Actively participate and attend all board meetings.

Ensure SCIP is accountable

· Be able to demonstrate that your charity is complying with the law, well run and effective.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

· At least 18 years of age

·  Not disqualified from acting as a trustee, unless authorized to do so by a waiver from the commission.

·   Not bankrupt or having an involuntary arrangement.

·   Not have an unspent criminal conviction.

·   Not on the sex-offenders register.

·  Must have the  right to work in UK

·  Must agree to background checks which include enhance disclosure and barring checks.

·  Willingness to expand current knowledge as required to carry out the role of trustee.

· Willingness to adhere to all policy’s and procedures as set out.

·  Commitment to promote and support a culture of inclusivity within SCIP.

Experience and knowledge

·  Knowledge of Charity Commission requirements.

·  Knowledge of charity law and legislation.

·  Experience of being a trustee, this is not essential but desirable as we increase our board.

·  Knowledge of safeguarding policy and procedures.


Skills and Abilities

·         Ability to manage time and commitments effectively.

·         Negotiation and problem solving skills.

·         Good, independent judgement.

·         Able to relate well to all levels of the team.

·         Self- Motivated.

·         Good oral and written communication skills

·         IT skills relevant to post i.e. Microsoft.

·         Recognize own strengths and use these to advise and support the board and staff.


·         Commitment to understanding of equal opportunities.

·         Supportive of SCIP encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion within the board and the charities beneficiaries.


Other Requirements

·         Able to work to deadlines.

·         Commitment to SCIP.

·         A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

·         Understanding and acceptance of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

·         Ability to undertake additional training required (i.e. safeguarding training).


Thank you for considering becoming part of the SCIP team. 

For an application form please email CVs will not be accepted.