Trustee vacancy – South West Fed – Chair

The South West Fed

Formed in 1931, the South West Fed is an independent membership organisation providing a voice for museums, art galleries and the wider heritage sector in the South West of England.

The Board has up to 11 roles (with multiple Trustees taking on the role of Programming Officer) and consists of Trustees of the Charity, elected at the AGM. All Trustees are Company Directors (each elected from the Board at the first meeting following AGM). There are also approved signatories for the Charitable Company. Others can be co-opted to fill other roles/needs (and can vote). All Trustees support the delivery of Board activities.

Chair role

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to lead the South West Fed in its role as a key player, advocate and innovator in the sector. We are looking for someone with drive, vision and energy to develop the South West Fed’s current direction, activities and relationships as the sector emerges from the pandemic.

The Chair takes the lead on strategy, governance and finances and is an active advocate for the South West Fed and the sector. The Chair choreographs partnerships and broadens the South West Fed’s reach to the wider heritage sector. They support the delivery of membership activities such as networking events, with the wider Board, and bridge the gap between strategic activity and understanding the grassroots challenges and opportunities the membership and sector are facing.

The role of the Chair is a unique opportunity to enhance personal skills and expertise, choreograph a well-respected regional organisation and be instrumental in influencing change within the heritage sector.

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The Board meets a minimum of 4 times per year with each meeting lasting approximately two hours. Where appropriate additional meetings will be called to address specific issues outside of the expected schedule, although these meetings will be called under exceptional circumstances.

It is anticipated that the Chair will need to commit approximately 4 days per month in fulfilling their role for the South West Fed. The role will be for a three year term initially with the potential to extend for a total of nine years maximum (subject to elections at the AGM).

How to apply

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the South West Fed at

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2022 and interviews will be held in late May.

The role will become vacant and electable at the South West Fed AGM on Wednesday 8 June 2022.

In order to apply please with a current CV, a letter of application stating why you are interested in this role and what you would bring to it to (max 2 sides A4) and the names of two referees.