New Board Members Wanted

Turner Sims, part of the University of Southampton, is an internationally renowned concert hall and live-music producing organisation, which has been attracting world-class musicians to perform in its programme for over 40 years. We are an Arts Council England-funded NPO (National Portfolio Organisation), and work with a wide range of local, regional and national partners and networks to deliver our broader artistic programmes.

We are looking for two new Board Members – a marketing and communications specialist and a fundraising specialist – to join the Turner Sims Strategic Board to help us deliver our new mission:

To provide inspiration and transform communities through the power of the highest quality live music and visionary learning and engagement programmes.

You will provide the organisation with strategic leadership and maintain a governance perspective to ensure it is well managed and administered, and that resources are used appropriately. Board Members work directly with our staff to help shape plans, be our critical friends and make/suggest new connections and partnerships.

As Turner Sims is neither a charity nor limited company, you will have no personal liabilities associated with becoming a Trustee of a charity or Director on a company Board.

All Turner Sims Board Members:

  • Have a passion for high-quality live music and its ability to inspire and transform communities
  • Support our staff to achieve our ambitious new four-year Business Plan (2018- 2022)
  • Actively listen to a wide range of views as well as offering their considered opinions

We are seeking a Board Member with a background in Marketing and Communications who will:

  • Work with the team to shape the development of a new Marketing and Communications Strategy
  • Support us in attracting new diverse audiences as well as nurturing our existing ones
  • Bring experience of successful, innovative and creative marketing and communications in the performing arts sector
  • Be able to help articulate and champion the development of the Turner Sims brand.

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We are seeking a Board Member with a background in Fundraising to:

  • Champion our fundraising campaigns, engage contacts for support and help Turner Sims develop new strong external partnerships
  • Work with the Turner Sims team to identify prospects gathered from a range of sources including other Board Members
  • Feed into the development of a new Fundraising Strategy (which will involve the commissioning of a specialist consultancy and strong partnership with the University’s Office of Development & Alumni Relations (ODAR)
  • Provide editorial input into funding applications, proposals and associated collateral
  • Work alongside Turner Sims and ODAR to achieve our fundraising aim

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We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Practical considerations: In addition to the support given to staff outside meetings, there are three board meetings each year at Turner Sims or elsewhere at the University of Southampton always in accessible spaces. Board papers are sent out a week in advance to give time for reading and questions. Board meetings take place in the daytime and there is some flexibility in setting times and dates if required.

This is a voluntary opportunity.

Travel expenses will be offered.

We encourage our Board Members to request complimentary tickets to events when you have identified new contacts/partners and investors that could help us to achieve our aims.  You can view our Spring Season brochure to see everything going on from January to early June at:

To apply, please outline your experience within your CV and send this together with a cover email that responds to these questions:

  • What is motivating you to apply to become a Board Member?
  • What other experience or skills do you feel you could offer?
  • Are there any areas of the organisation’s work you have a particular interest in and/or would like to become more involved in?

Those shortlisted will be asked to participate in an informal meeting with Kevin Appleby – Concert Hall Manager, Jane Savidge – Chair of the Board and Louise Coysh – the University’s Associate Director, Arts and Culture.

As a new Board Member, you will receive a thorough induction prior to your first Board Meeting.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity before applying then please contact Jay Mendivil, Head of Operations, on tel: 023 8059 7753. Please email CVs and your responses to the questions, plus any other details describing your interest in the role to:

The closing date for applications is Friday 29th June 2018.

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