Who we are
We are Spitalfields Music
We nourish the foundations of the classical music sector- in East London and beyond – by fostering passion, nurturing talent, cultivating outstanding leadership and staging innovative performances.
Spitalfields Music is well-positioned to implement Arts Council England’s Let’s Create strategy over the next decade, with a strong commitment to diversity evident not only in its artistic endeavours but also in the diverse expertise and backgrounds of its trustees, leadership and staff. The organisation prides itself on drawing talent from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The incoming Chair of Spitalfields Music will be a values driven individual who is excited to hit the ground running. Playing a crucial role in upholding the organisation’s mission, vision and values, they will hold the Board and Senior Leadership Team accountable for achieving objectives, providing inclusive leadership and ensuring effective governance. Collaborating closely with the Chief Executive, the Chair will foster unity within the Board, working alongside the management team to accomplish our ambitious goals.
Additionally, the Chair will take the lead in identifying and introducing new funding opportunities, supporting the charity’s ambitious fundraising plans. They will personally commit their time to this endeavour and encourage fellow Trustees to do the same. Spitalfields Music has demonstrated consistent sound management in recent years, and we need to increase our fundraised income back to pre-pandemic levels, through a mix of individual giving at all levels, support from trusts & foundations, and major donors. Spitalfields Music has successfully cultivated multiple streams of income generation.
We are seeking a candidate who possesses the following qualities and experiences:
- Clear Vision of Chair Role: possess a clear sense of what type of chair they aspire to be, with a strategic vision for the organisation and the ability to inspire others towards its realisation. Sharing the values of and leading our commitment to EDI.
- Trusteeship and Governance Experience: prior experience in trusteeships and governance, demonstrating a solid understanding of their responsibilities and the ability to contribute effectively to the board’s strategic decision-making processes.
- Excellent Communicator and Advocate for the Arts: capable of conveying ideas and information clearly, persuasively and with impact to diverse audiences.
- Personable, Charismatic and Trustworthy: inspiring trust and confidence among stakeholders, including staff, board members, donors and partners.
- CEO Management: The candidate should be capable of managing the CEO through regular meetings, providing support, guidance and constructive feedback.
- Fundraising Leadership and Facilitation: take the lead or facilitate fundraising efforts, leveraging their networks and expertise to secure financial support for the organisation.
- Strong Leader and Team Player: capable of inspiring and motivating both internal and external stakeholders. They should excel at working collaboratively within a team to achieve common goals.
- Experience in Overcoming Challenges: first-hand experience in navigating challenges within their own business or another charitable organisation, demonstrating resilience and problem-solving skills.
- Time Commitment: availability to commit approximately 1-2 days per month to fulfil their responsibilities as Chair effectively.
- Ability to Challenge and Stand Back: to challenge and interrogate ideas and decisions while also knowing when to step back and allow others to take the lead, fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment.
More details can be found in the Recruitment Pack via our website.
We look forward to hearing from you.