Trustee vacancy – Chair – Royal West of England Academy

Leading the RWA governing body, the new Chair will be responsible for all aspects of good governance and propriety and will importantly take a lead role in furthering the RWA’s ambitious programme delivering creativity for all while ensuring financial resilience and sustainability.

Ideally suited to an individual with a wide experience of business and institutional leadership, this role requires an interest in arts or cultural involvement.

Principal responsibilities:

Strategic leadership

  • Provide vision and leadership to the RWA and its Board
  • Ensure Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity
  • Ensure the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity
  • Ensure the Board regularly reviews major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfies itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities and manage and mitigate the risks
  • Ensure the Board fulfils its duties to ensure the sound financial health of the RWA, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability
  • Liaise with the Academicians’ President to ensure the RWA’s artistic vision is delivered.

Experience and expertise

  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
  • Successful track record of achievement through his or her career
  • Experience of working with, or as part of, a Board of Trustees or directors
  • Experience of chairing meetings and public speaking
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the Arts sector and current issues
  • Strong leadership skills, an ability to motivate staff and volunteers, and bring people together
  • Good understanding of charity governance and finance issues.

Additional information

Number of meetings per annum/time commitment:

  • Approx 2 days per month
  • Board Meetings – 6 times a year
  • Attendance at selected sub-committee meetings (x10 of 1.5 hours)
  • Occasional day time meetings with key stakeholders, partner organisations, funders
  • Regular contact with the Director (c2-4 hours per month).

Daytime or evening meetings:

Board Meetings are on Thursdays 4-6pm

Closing date for applications: By end of October 2023

Contact details or web link for applicants to find out more:

Art Gallery Jobs and Opportunities | RWA | RWA Bristol

To apply for this role, please email John Vasey, Interim Chair of Trustees, at, including information about yourself and why you feel the role is right for you, together with a current CV.

For further information about the RWA, please contact Alison Bevan, RWA Director, at