Cheshire Dance is a registered charity, founded in 1976 and based at Winsford Library in the heart of Cheshire. Our core mission is to offer everyone, regardless of age, background or ability access to dance and a chance to benefit from its transformative power.
We specialise in developing engagement amongst under-represented communities, creating a safe learning environment where people can move, grow, create and interact across the north west.
We are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
We embrace the Arts Council’s creative case for diversity and have easily assimilated its Let’s Create Strategy into our own working practices. We have applied for ACE NPO additional funding 2023-26 so with expansion in prospect, this is a particularly exciting time to join our Board.
In 2018 we became the lead organisation of Dance Consortia North West and through them we employ artists and support the career aspirations of many choreographers and dance facilitators both here and nationwide.
We are particularly proud of our recent work with those with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD) and social prescribing. At a time when dance-centred education policy is moving backwards we are successfully bucking the trend in working with schools and head teachers in informal and formal contexts.
We are looking for a new Chair and members of our Board of Trustees who are as passionate, committed and driven as we are, who value collaboration and have a founding desire to improve people’s lives through their experience of dance.
We are an outward-facing organsation, looking to expand the diversity of the Board. We are seeking people with broad experience (not necessarily with Board experience) from other walks of life. Young people; those with protected characteristics; disabled people; people from the global majority.
These posts are voluntary and unpaid. But we offer the chance to give back to your community, to hone problem-solving skills and to work constructively and collaboratively with Board and staff to develop a strategy that will take the Charity forward. You will bring to the table your own views and experience which you will use generously to enrich and expand our pool of creative knowledge.
You will be required to exercise prudence in ensuring correct governance, complying with the legal requirements of running a Charity and reviewing and managing the accounts. You must be prepared to set aside an adequate length of time to read and interrogate the Minutes, Board Reports and Creative Schematics before Board meetings in order to satisfy yourself that due process is carried out.
These two hour hybrid Board meetings take place four times a year with periodic Board Working Parties to discuss more specific subjects usually lasting no more than an hour.
In return, as well as negotiating, listening and communicating ideas you will gain a wealth of personal and professional skills and connections that will empower and enrich your working life.
We are a supportive and collaborative group of people who embrace new ideas and challenges and are open to constructive criticism and big-picture thinking. We respect one other and value generosity, honesty and a sense of humour.
It is not vital that you have active experience in the dance world but you will share the passion for our purpose.
If you are interested in applying for the role of the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Cheshire Dance, please get in touch to request a Recruitment & Information Pack.
If, prior to applying, you would like an informal chat with the Director of Cheshire Dance, Adam Holloway, please email email@example.com
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
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