Trustees Being Recruited to Head Up Cheltenham’s Leisure & Culture Trust


We are seeking a balanced board in terms of skills & experience & we are also very keen to ensure that, if possible, there is representation from the private, voluntary & community sectors

An exciting & unique opportunity has opened up for highly talented & strategically-minded people to shape, champion & drive an important new charitable trust for Cheltenham.

The council has reached an important milestone by launching a campaign to recruit the Board of Trustees for the provisionally named, Cheltenham Leisure & Culture Trust.

When it is fully operational, the trust will take over the management & operation of some of Cheltenham’s iconic cultural venues – Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Pittville Pump Room, as well as running leisure@, the Prince of Wales Stadium, tourism & the Tourist Information Centre.  The trust will play a major role in developing Cheltenham’s recreational offer through art, heritage, learning & sport.  The trust will build on Cheltenham’s brand of a town that is known & recognised as a place where people are inspired to experience & take part in leisure & cultural activities.

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sport & culture, said: “To have reached this stage is very exciting.  The trust will be up & running during 2014.  We are now looking for people to come forward who have a passion for Cheltenham & a passion for culture & leisure & who have the experience & skills to undertake a demanding but also hugely rewarding job as a member of a board of a new charitable trust for Cheltenham.

“We want a board of trustees that will work in collaboration & collectively to strengthen further Cheltenham’s reputation as a national & international cultural destination.  The trust will need people who have drive, ambition & are forward thinking & who can give these important venues & facilities a sustainable future within what is admittedly a financially challenging environment.  I believe that the calibre of trustee is out there & I would encourage people who believe they have the skills & experience required to apply.”

Pat Pratley, Executive Director, said: “It is important to point out that the trust will be completely independent of the council.  The role of the trustees will be to provide leadership & oversee the management of the trust, in line with its charitable objects & as required by law & the Charity Commission.  The trust board will comprise 11 trustees, two of whom will be council member nominated trustees.  Appointments to trustee roles will be made in this first instance by the council with support from external advisers.  We will be specifically asking prospective candidates if they would like to be considered for the role of chair of the board as this role, in particular, will be absolutely crucial in providing the leadership & strategic direction to assure the success of the trust.

“We are seeking a balanced board in terms of skills & experience & we are also very keen to ensure that, if possible, there is representation from the private, voluntary & community sectors.”

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You can also find out more at a trustee recruitment information evening which is taking place on Wednesday 16 October 2013. If you would like to receive a trustee recruitment pack please email or telephone Alison Kingsbury on 01242 774401.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 27 October 2013.

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