• tillyhumphreys

Trustee - Raw Material

Raw Material is creative arts and music centre for young people and adults, working from our base in Lambeth, across London, the UK and internationally. The extensive and inclusive programme maintains access for those with the greatest needs, and our ethos places positive transformation at the forefront of creative pursuits. We believe that arts and music, delivered in a socially and culturally relevant way, have the power to positively change and shape people’s lives. Our purpose-built base in Brixton houses recording studios, a band rehearsal space, a production suite and DJ booths, and our work takes place here as well as in the community, in hospitals, in venues, with voluntary and community organisations, in schools and colleges, and beyond.


The Board is responsible for setting the strategy and policies of Raw Material and guides and supports the CEO and staff team. Following a year of significant change both internally and externally in 2020, we are seeking new Board members. This is a very exciting time to join Raw Material, as we look beyond the current climate and restrictions to new opportunities for the future. We are particularly keen to recruit new Trustees from any of the following groups, who:


  • Represent African, Caribbean, Asian and/or mixed heritage communities in South London, reflecting both our participants and staff communities

  • Have lived experience of mental health for young people and /or adults

  • Who identify as disabled or neurodivergent

  • Who identify as gender diverse

Trustee Person Specification


The Board of Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.


All trustees, should also be aware of, and understand, their individual and collective responsibilities, and should not be overly reliant on one or more individual trustees in any p

Here are some of the areas we are looking for in potential candidates:

  • A passion for music and other creative arts and a strong belief in their power to transform lives.

  • An understanding of the challenges facing young people and/or young people and adults experiencing mental ill, health and a commitment to positive futures through creativity.

  • An understanding and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.

  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.

  • Good, independent judgement and strategic vision.

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

  • An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive.

Time Commitment

  • Raw Material Trustees will serve a 3-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for two additional terms.

  • Approximately 4 hours per month which includes meetings, ongoing communication and reading of materials (fitting in with your own schedule).

  • Board meetings are held quarterly on zoom at present and post Covid potentially also at our base in Brixton. Meetings usually last 2 hours. There are also opportunities to join sub-committees in specialist areas such as Finance, and Equality and Diversity and we offer Trustees relevant training opportunities.

If you are interested in joining us please do send us a CV along with a brief covering letter stating why you are interested in the role, any relevant experience / synergy with our person specification (available here), and what strengths/expertise/contacts and networks you could bring to the charity. In addition to general roles, we are currently seeking someone for the role of Company Secretary and/or who may have legal experience in partnership or merger developments. Please send your application to recruitment@rawmusicmedia.co.uk by 5pm 24 Feb 2020. Equally, if you would like to find out more about joining the Board ahead of making a formal application, please email and we will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an informal interview in the first or second week of March.


For more information on the role of a Trustee please follow this link https://charitycommission.blog.gov.uk/tag/the-essential-trustee/


Find out more about us at www.rawmusicmedia.co.uk.

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