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Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Film and Video Umbrella (FVU)

Location: London

Date Posted: 02/09/2019

Closing Date: 27/11/2019

Job Description

Would you like to contribute to the development of one of the UK’s leading arts organisations specialising in film and moving-image media?

Introduction

Film and Video Umbrella (FVU) is a pioneering arts charity. For three decades, primarily under the leadership of Director Steven Bode, we have led the way in championing new creative talent and promoting innovative ideas by contemporary artists working with the moving image. During that time, we have commissioned many of the foremost figures in the field – including Ed Atkins, Cory Arcangel, Duncan Campbell, Simon Fujiwara, Isaac Julien, Rachel Maclean, Elizabeth Price and Marianna Simnett – and worked in close collaboration with a diverse range of museums, galleries and other venues, nationally and internationally.

FVU is a registered charity. Core funding comes from Arts Council England as one of their National Portfolio Organisations. We raise the vast majority of our additional funding and income on a project-by-project basis, from trusts, foundations and exhibition venues. Currently, a relatively small proportion of our project funding comes from other sources such as educational bodies, corporate sponsorship, and individual donors, and we supplement our overheads via commercial activities such as consultancy, publication sales and equipment rentals.

Following the news that our current Chair, Eddie Berg, is stepping down this summer and moving to the US, the Board seeks an exceptional new Chair to work with the senior management team to support the organisation through its next phase of development and business planning for the next NPO period. With strong leadership skills, excellent networks across the creative industries and beyond and an enthusiasm for artists working with film and digital media, the new Chair will work alongside a talented and committed group of Trustees with considerable experience and expertise across areas such as fundraising, PR, communications, film & tech.

Candidate profile

The Board is seeking to appoint an experienced leader who is an inspiring communicator and has:

· A significant record of achievement and extensive networks in the creative industries, which they are willing to use for the benefit of FVU

· An effective, confident and enabling approach to chairing meetings

· Experience of charity governance, as a Board member

· Diplomatic skills at building and balancing relationships with multiple stakeholders including Arts Council England

• An appreciation and understanding of the role and responsibilities of a national organisation

• Demonstrable business planning skills

· A strong commitment to equality and diversity

· An enthusiasm and empathy for the vision, mission and values of FVU

Role of the Chair

· Develop the charity’s vision and strategy and monitor its implementation with the senior management team and the rest of the Board

· Provide leadership of the Board and set its agenda, ensuring all legal and financial governance duties are effectively met

· Ensure the effectiveness of individual trustees and the Board as a whole

· Work closely with the Director and the Programme Development Director

· Be an ambassador, advocate and spokesperson for the Board, and represent the organisation, together with the Director and the Programme Development Director

· Ensure timely and effective succession planning of Board members, and other key roles

· Build and maintain positive relationships across the Board, leadership team and with key external stakeholders, including existing and potential funders

· Support the leadership team in fundraising for FVU and encourage other Trustees to contribute to this process.

Time commitment

• The time commitment is likely to be around 1 day per month.

• Board meetings are held four times a year in the FVU offices in Borough in South London.

• The Chair is expected to attend other meetings from time to time, usually in a planning context in advance of the Board meetings.

• The Chair will be expected to attend FVU events and meetings with key stakeholders such as Arts Council England from time to time.

• As the line manager of the Director, the Chair will remain in regular communication with him and be available to offer advice or guidance when needed.

• This is a voluntary position. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

• The role of Chair is offered for a period of three years. The Chair may then be re-elected by the board should they wish to put themselves forward for reappointment.

This is an unpaid role. FVU will reimburse any travel expenses to meetings in full, including overnight accommodation if necessary. Our trustee meetings are always lively and full of debate. We aim to create a culture in which all of our trustees can contribute equally effectively, regardless of background or knowledge.

Join a dynamic and engaged group of existing trustees

  • Jon Armstrong, Head of Government and Parliamentary Relations at The National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Steven Bode, writer, curator and Director of FVU since 1992
  • Liz Draper, corporate sponsorship consultant
  • Cliff Lauson, Senior Curator at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London
  • Lawrence Lek, internationally acclaimed artist, previously commissioned by FVU
  • Lucinda Lovell, Business Development Director at Pelham Communications
  • Kate Wilson, arts consultant, fundraiser and producer
  • Jason Wood, Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Manchester

How to apply

If you would like to have a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Susanna Chisholm, Programme Development Director at FVU, who will connect you with Kate Wilson, the Trustee leading the search process. Susanna can be reached at susanna [at] fvu [dot] co [dot] uk / +44 (0)20 7407 7755

Please send a two-page CV and a covering letter (no more than 4 pages of A4) setting out why you’re interested in becoming Chair of FVU and what you may be able to contribute, to Kate Wilson, Trustee, FVU, 8 Vine Yard, SE1 1QL

Please also email your application to susanna [at] fvu [dot] co [dot] uk

Please also complete and return the Equal Opportunities form at the end of this pack along with your application. The form will be separated from your application as soon as we receive it and will not be passed on to anyone involved in shortlisting.

Applications are open and ongoing until we find a candidate. Interviews will be held in London.

More information about FVU and the current board of Trustees is available on our website

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you.

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