Board Members

Closing date 31 July 2023

Collective is a free contemporary art centre that brings creative new perspectives to the city of Edinburgh.

Situated in a heritage observatory, Collective develops and presents world-class exhibitions, events, workshops and discussions from ground-breaking local and international artists. We run artist-led activities for young people, as well as the sector-leading development programme for emerging creative practitioners, Satellites.

Founded in 1984 as an artist-run initiative, Collective now runs from our home on Edinburgh’s iconic Calton Hill.

Our skilled and engaged Board of Trustees is now looking to recruit:

  • Chair of the Board; and
  • A Trustee with legal expertise

Collective is committed to being inclusive and diverse across all areas of our work, and we are particularly keen to hear from candidates who are currently under-represented in the arts and in our organisation. We believe that Board trustees with different backgrounds and experience will encourage debate, support good decision making and strengthen the leadership of our organisation.

Chair of Collective Board

Collective is looking for a dynamic and collaborative Chair to lead the Board through the next phase of our development.

The current chair, Anne Bonnar, is due to step down at the end of the year, having led the Board and supported Collective through a period of sustained development, including leading a major capital development project, and the appointment of a new Director in 2022.

We are now looking to appoint a new Chair, to work with the Director to lead the next phase in our development, as we mark 5 years in our new home, and look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2024.

Trustee with legal expertise

We are also looking to recruit a new trustee with legal expertise, to provide support on the legal aspects of running a charity.

We are seeking candidates who will be active Board members and contribute to Collective’s success and sustainability, through:

  • development of Collective’s strategy, activities and operations; and
  • widening our profile and extending the engagement of visitors to our iconic site and contemporary art

New Board members can expect:

  • To gain leadership skills and take part in governance procedures;
  • Gain insight into how Collective, a charitable organisation, is run;
  • An opportunity to widen their network; and
  • Strategy Days with other board members and staff.

Board members are expected to attend meetings and events, participate in sub-committee(s), to advocate for Collective, support fundraising and support staff. There will be a minimum of four scheduled Board meetings a year.

There will be a comprehensive handover for our new trustee from our current Board member with legal expertise.

The full terms of reference for both roles, access information, and how to apply, can be found on our website.

Deadline: 31 July

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