NOISE – Chair Vacancy

January 9, 2016 in All Opportunities, Opportunity, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

NOISE is seeking a dynamic and capable Chairperson to lead the charity through its next exciting phase. Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director James Robert Carson and based in Glasgow, NOISE is committed to the promotion of opera as an innovative art form. Our vision is to develop new audiences for opera, and to break down barriers to this genre. NOISE creates portable productions that tour to novel performance spaces. We believe in commissioning and promoting writers, composers, singers, instrumentalists and creative artists based in and working for Scotland. The company is inspired by specific places, their history and the stories of the people connected with them.

This is an exciting time for this relatively new company. The success of our first venture The Sloans Project (2011, 2013) was recognised in winning Arts & Business Scotland’s Entrepreneurial / Sustainability Award in 2014. This was followed by the critically acclaimed Shetland-inspired opera, Hirda (2015). In 2015, NOISE welcomed Gareth Williams as Music Director. NOISE now wishes to build on this momentum and develop new opera projects to inspire communities around Scotland. We wish to secure our place as a firmly established asset in Scotland’s cultural landscape. This ambition will require us to define our strategy and expand our funding portfolio.

This period of development poses an exciting opportunity for the new Chairperson, who will work with trustees and the Artistic Director in guiding the strategic direction for the company and developing a robust governance framework. We will are particularly interested in applicants who have good trustee experience and an interest in the performing arts. This role may suit a first-time Chair.

NOISE is seeking someone who can :
• Lead the board of trustees with assurance and clarity
• Lead on defining NOISE’s 3-year strategy
• Effectively promote NOISE’s work among audiences, funders and other stakeholders
• Ensure that the board has the best blend of skills to deliver its charitable responsibilities and achieve its aims
• Demonstrate knowledge of robust governance procedures • Demonstrate experience of committee and collective decision-making
• Contribute to fundraising strategy
• Demonstrate a passion for the work and aspirations of the company
• Commit time on a voluntary basis (estimated at an average of 8- 10 hours a month)

Applications for the role should take the form of a cover letter and CV.

Location: Glasgow City

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The deadline is Monday 15 February 2016 at 17:00.