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Chair of the Holst Birthplace Trust

We're recruiting - could you be the next Chair of Trustees?

Holst Birthplace Trust: Chair

Would you like to lead a Board of enthusiastic and dedicated Trustees who ensure that a unique Cheltenham museum continues to be an asset to the town? The maximum permitted term of the current Chair of the Holst Birthplace Trust will expire in July 2021. The Trust is therefore looking to recruit a new Chair for an initial three-year term, which can be extended for a further three years.

The Holst Birthplace Museum is a small independent museum, run by the Trust. It is one of only two composer birthplace museums in the country, and visitors can learn about Holst’s life, his music, his family and friendships, whilst being reminded of domestic life in a Victorian house.

This is an especially exciting time to become involved with the development of the Museum, as we are embarking upon a rebranding project to enhance the presentation of the house as a Victorian residence in the context of the lives lived there. We are also taking significant steps to upgrade and improve our digital presence.

In addition to the general responsibilities of being a Trustee, the Chair has a number of
tasks specific to their role. These include:
• Providing leadership for the Board of Trustees in their role of setting the strategy and
policy of the organisation.
• Chairing and facilitating meetings of the Board.
• Chairing meetings of members (Friends), including the AGM.
• In conjunction with the Honorary Secretary, ensuring that the Trust complies with its
governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or
regulations, and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its
governing document.
• Taking line-management responsibility for the Curator and liaising with our external
payroll managers.
• Communication with the President, Vice-Presidents and Patrons.
• Representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
• Acting as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate.
• Maintaining careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the
organisation.

The Trustees take a hands-on approach and each has a specific area of responsibility in
support of the two staff members, the Curator and the Learning and Administration
Coordinator. Further support is provided by a group of dedicated volunteers.

In normal circumstances, the Board meets every 6 weeks, in Cheltenham, usually on a
Wednesday afternoon. Alternative web-based arrangements have been made for meetings during the COVID pandemic.

The Holst Birthplace Trust encourages applications from suitably experienced candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity.

This is an unsalaried volunteer role.

For more information please contact: stevewood12@btinternet.com