Storyhouse is seeking up to four new Trustees to join its board and help lead its creative community through an important new phase in its evolution.
Prospective new Trustees are being invited to ‘drop-in’ to two sessions being held at the Hunter Street cultural venue this month for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the very special volunteer roles.
The Board of Trustees provides governance and leadership, overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation in line with its charitable objectives and the law.
Storyhouse’s Trustees come from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds and have professional or lived experience which they bring to the role.
Trustees serve a three-year term and are involved in a minimum of six board meetings a year.
Sectors in which prospective new Trustees may have some experience – either professionally or as a beneficiary – could include culture and the arts, libraries, charities and fundraising, community engagement, education, young people’s programmes, commercial operational management, marketing and sales, or mental health and wellbeing.
Two informal drop-in sessions are planned. One will take place next Wednesday, 14 September, and the second is set to be held on Wednesday, 21 September. Both run from 6.30pm and are being held in the library at Storyhouse.
Anyone who is interested in applying and wants to learn more is invited to attend. There will be a chance to hear from chief executive Andrew Bentley and to meet both existing Trustees and also members of the leadership team.
No previous board experience is necessary and full training and support will be provided.
Storyhouse CEO Andrew Bentley said: “Trustees play a vital role in our organisation in helping to shape its direction and ethos – and we strive to have a broad range of voices on our board; not just sharing our values and vision but also bringing key life skills and different experiences and viewpoints to the table.
“We’re looking for team players, innovative thinkers, people who are methodical and analytical, and for those who are confident to take risks where it’s judged to be worthwhile.
“I know there’s a wealth of talent, knowledge, experience, commitment and passion in Chester and the wider area, and I’m looking forward to welcoming some new members to the Storyhouse family to help us move forward with exciting plans for the future.”
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Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural centres incorporating a library, theatres and a cinema. It is one of the country’s most successful arts buildings, with more than one million customer visits each year.
The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, boasts the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm. It runs over 2,000 sessions a year for marginalised communities
The company also runs a highly successful theatre company and the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre, in the city’s Grosvenor Park and Moonlight Flicks open air cinema.
Storyhouse currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards
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