Recruiting Trustees for The Silk Heritage Trust

The Silk Heritage Trust: Inspiring engagement with Macclesfield’s unique heritage; Encouraging creativity for all; Supporting opportunities for adults with learning disabilities & neurodiverse young people


What will you be doing?

The Silk Heritage Trust has a 40-year track record of providing heritage, cultural and learning experiences in Macclesfield.  The Trust is at an exciting point of its development and needs new Trustees to reflect the range of voices represented in our work.  We’re looking for people who are passionate about connecting people and heritage, with experience in a wide range of areas including: finance, legal, learning, fundraising and digital to help guide our work through the challenges and unpredictability and opportunities of the coming years.  We are strongly encouraging applications from people with protected characteristics.The Trust is rebuilding its finances and operations post Covid and is now seeing a return of visitors, schools and groups.  We are embarking on an ambitious development programme to become ever more relevant to new and existing audiences – shouting louder about the remarkable collections, buildings and heritage experiences on offer, and putting people at the heart of our plans.  Over the last two years we know we have made a difference to people’s lives on-line and in person, and we are committed to extending and expanding this work.  This is why we need new Trustees with experience of connecting with wide lived experiences; and why we need Trustees with the financial, legal and fundraising expertise to underpin our vision.The Trust manages a portfolio of complex heritage buildings that represents a significant responsibility and opportunity.  We have made huge strides in looking after these buildings, but considerable challenges remain.Our trustees are responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of the Charity’s activities and the achievement of its charitable purposes in line with charity law. Trustees are required to attend Board meetings 4 times per year. Trustees may be required to take on further special responsibilities, both directly and through sub-committees. All our trustees are volunteers. If appointed a full induction programme will be provided to support you in this role.

What are we looking for?

Trustees are enthusiastic about the arts, heritage and audiences, have appropriate knowledge and understanding to oversee the strategic development of the Trust and to actively support delivery.  They need to be able to explore creatively, support and challenge constructively the issues and opportunities faced by the Trust, balancing immediate needs with long-term solutions.

Trustees need to be committed to the vision, aims and plans of The Silk Heritage Trust, and can devote the necessary time and effort to support it.  They have good judgement and independence; can work collectively and engage with constructive debate.

Trustees need to:

  • Be active and involved in the Board’s work
  • Work well together
  • Act constitutionally (and within the law)
  • Act in the best interests of those who will benefit from the work of the Trust
  • Act reasonably, prudently and honestly
  • Be responsible and account
  • Avoid conflict of interest

The Board also delivers its responsibilities through a number of Trustee sub-groups who meet more frequently and have delegated powers from time to time:

Executive Group

Commercial Group

Trustees are responsible for raising the profile of the Trust and strengthening its resilience by developing specific initiatives that raise the profile of The Silk Heritage Trust and raise awareness of the significance of the collections and increase engagement with its programmes.  This also includes:

  • Developing new Friends, patrons and supporters, supporting cultivation events
  • Promoting and advocating for the work of the Trust, its collections and engagement programmes amongst their contacts and networks and key stakeholders
  • Seeking out development opportunities for the Trust

What difference will you make?

These important and rewarding roles will enable you to be part of the future of Macclesfield’s museums, ensuring that they deliver the needs of local, regional, national and even global audiences. It is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference to our communities. In return you will gain valuable Board experience, working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.Our trustees are responsible for strategic leadership and governance of the Trust, helping achieve our business goals in line with charity law. You will help ensure that our museums are vibrant parts of Macclesfield, attracting visitors back to the town, providing education and activities for all.  You will be part of a Board that is passionate about heritage:Celebrating our town – once the beating heart of Britain’s silk trade, it continues to inspire, innovate and inform. Promoting creativity – re-establishing Macclesfield as a national centre for textiles and designTelling stories about extraordinary people – through incredible collections and historic buildings we share the rollercoaster story of prosperity and hardship, of industry and creativityProtecting heritage – looking after history, stories and heritage; preserving the past and looking to the future. Creating experiences –  bringing the past to life, creating memories that stay with our visitors well beyond their time with us.Sharing knowledge – working with partners and people to deliver imaginative education programmes, community initiatives or collection displays.

Candidates will be interviewed and invited to attend one trustee Board meeting as an observer prior to consideration by the full Board.

Where: Macclesfield, SK11 6TJ

Time: Either in or out of office hours

Estimate of time needed: 1-3 hours / week Trustees attend Board meetings 4 times per year – held in the evenings, in person, in Macclesfield; plus support specific development projects

Deadline 30th June 2022

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