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Trustee for the Royal School of Needlework

Location: London

Date Posted: 09/04/2021

Closing Date: 29/05/2021

The Royal School of Needlework seeks three new Trustees. One should have a Curatorial/Archival background, two should have commercial finance backgrounds with experience in investments.

Financial trustees must be qualified and be comfortable with investments. These are voluntary roles with no remuneration, though reasonable  expenses are reimbursed.

The Council is the governing body of the RSN, which is a registered charity, with responsibility for overall direction, financial management and holding the Chief Executive and Senior Management team to account.  The Council meets six times a year and, for the financial trustees the Finance and Investment Committee meets four times a year. Over the last year these meetings have been online however, we would hope to resume physical meetings soon. Council meetings take place at the RSN base at Hampton Court Palace and Finance meetings take place in central London.

The Royal School of Needlework is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery offering a range of programmes from the BA Degree in hand embroidery to short courses for all levels from beginner to expert. We offer these physically from Hampton Court Palace and four other UK locations, in Japan and the USA but since May 2020 have been offering most courses online as well. The RSN has successfully pivoted its work from all face-to-face teaching and events to effective online teaching. This will be celebrated in the first online International Summer School in July 2021,  which will have more than 200 attendees from many different countries. The RSN is already developing its strategic plan to incorporate a wider online presence and is actively looking ahead to its 150th anniversary in 2022.

Anyone interested in the roles who wishes to enquire further may contact the Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams to discuss the role. The current annual report and annual review can be found on the RSN website.

Applicants do not need to have stitch experience.

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