Engage Trustee Vacancy

Engage is seeking new trustees to join our established and dedicated Board in November 2020. The Board, which currently has 14 members, meets quarterly.

We are particularly interested in applications from those who individually have knowledge and expertise in the three following areas: The law, digital, and of visual arts education and gallery education in Wales.


The roles and responsibilities of the Engage Board

The role of the Engage Board is to:

  • Ensure Engage functions within the legal and financial requirements of a company and charitable organisation
  • Be responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Engage
  • Determine policy
  • Agree on the annual budget and decide on any major resource issues
  • Approve the annual accounts
  • Appoint senior staff
  • Carry out the appraisal of senior staff
  • Monitor performance against agreed objectives and targets
  • Represent and promote Engage externally
  • Assist in fundraising from the public and private sectors
  • Observe the Memorandum and Articles of Association (Engage’s regulatory governing documents)

The Board includes members with special responsibilities and roles, the key roles being Chair, Vice-chairs, and Treasurer.


Trustee role description

The statutory duties of each Engage trustee are to:

  • Ensure that Engage complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that Engage pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure that Engage applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives
  • Contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard Engage’s good name and values
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of Engage
  • Ensure the financial stability of Engage
  • Protect and manage the property of Engage and ensure the proper investment of its funds
  • Appoint the Director and monitor their performance

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Board member should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions.

This may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions affecting Engage and the sector
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise

Trustee specification

  • A commitment to Engage and its work
  • Willingness to devote time and expertise
  • Experience of developing a strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • The ability to think creatively and share ideas
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • The ability to respect confidences
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for Engage
  • Adherence to the Nolan Committee’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Terms of appointment
Engage Trustees are appointed for a three-year period. A maximum of two terms of three years can be served.  This is a voluntary position and is not remunerated. However, travel, and when necessary, accommodation expenses may be paid.

How to apply

If you would like to discuss this role in confidence, please email Jane Sillis, Director, at jane.sillis@engage.org.To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter addressing the person specification to Eleanor Young, Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator at executiveassistant@engage.org by Thursday 19 November, 10 am.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with representatives of the Board online on the 4 and/or 7 December 2020.