Chair & Trustees
Kidderminster Town Council has started the search for an independent Chair and Trustees to form the board of the new charitable Trust for the Town Hall as an ambitious new vision and plan for it’s future takes shape.
The iconic Kidderminster landmark is set to be developed and improved as a vibrant Arts hub and more versatile venue for the town and local area. The new charitable Trust will be responsible for the future stewardship and commercial success of the Town Hall and skilled volunteers are being sought to bring to bear their professional skills, local profile, attributes and – just as important – interest in the area, to direct and support the dedicated Town Hall staff.
Juliet Smith, Mayor and Deputy Leader of Kidderminster Town Council, said:
“The new board, which we plan to be operational by September 2021, will ensure that our wonderful Town Hall operates well above it’s weight as a local venue for the Arts and entertainment and in so doing, improves the quality of life of the people of Kidderminster and surrounding areas.”
Kidderminster Town Hall Trust: Appointment of Independent Chair & Trustees
Kidderminster Town Council is set to embark upon an ambitious plan for the future of it’s key asset, Kidderminster Town Hall, which has played a pivotal role in the cultural and administrative life of the town for more than 130 years. An impressive Victorian landmark, integral to Kidderminster’s cultural heritage, it remains the towns centre of governance and entertainment. The building is widely recognised as an arts and wedding venue and also houses the Town Council administrative offices.
The town council took over the operation of the Grade II listed Town Hall from Wyre Forest District Council in 2015, taking full responsibility for the operation of the entire building and staff in 2019. In that same year, a successful application was made to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for a grant to develop a new vision and plan for the future of the Town Hall and how it might best serve the people of Kidderminster for years to come. Applications for further funding are now in train for a multi-million pound development plan to make this vision a reality.
A number of options regarding the future leadership and management model for the venue have been appraised. It has been decided that an independent Charitable Trust will be formed to oversee the care and commercial success of the site and ensure it’s place as a vibrant platform for the arts and through this, improve the quality of life for the residents of Kidderminster and surrounding areas.
The search is now underway for skilled volunteers to form the new board of this trust, which is hoped will be operational by September 2021.
What we are looking for
We are looking for an independent Chair and up to eight independent Trustees, through an open recruitment process, to sit alongside three nominated elected local councillors, to bring their professional skills, attributes and – just as important – their interest in the local area, to bear, to lead and support the general manager and executive team.
Board members will work together to shape the future of this wonderful asset, by agreeing forward-thinking strategies and a business plan, develop local partnerships and more.
To be most effective, the board needs those who come from legal, financial, human resources disciplines, but also those who have experience of and connections with the Arts, leisure and hospitality venue management and community engagement. To complement and support the range of expertise in the team at the Town Hall and council, those with the following range of experience would also be very welcome; marketing and communications, IT, social media and partnership development.
We need board members who can think strategically and be committed advocates for the vision and future of the Town Hall. Those who can bring entrepreneurial, commercial and networking skills to bear to benefit the project will also be very welcome.
It is very important that there is a balance of voices on this board, to make the strongest decisions and better serve the people of Kidderminster, so we are not specifying previous board experience and will give you full support and guidance if appointed.
What we ask of you
Preparation for and attendance of monthly board meetings (evenings), up to approximately five hours per month, plus yearly away days.
These are unpaid voluntary roles! However, being a part of this board will give you an opportunity to use your skills and experience to help shape and support this vital cultural asset, to make a real difference to the community. You will have the chance to develop new skills, knowledge, contacts and friends.
To access all of the details on how to apply for the role of independent Chair and up to eight independent Trustees, click on the button below.
Or for a preliminary discussion, call Rachel Tucker of Faerfield on 0121 312 3755 or 07495 496886.