Trustee

Trustee – Open call

 

We the Curious is looking for forward-thinking individuals to join our board at a time of exciting and challenging cultural change as an organisation.

 

Board members will have the opportunity to contribute to the future of this educational charity and the strategic delivery of our Manifesto for a Culture of Curiosity. We need individuals who can bring energy and a positively questioning mind to help us realise the vision of We The Curious. You will be energised by our vision of repositioning science as part of an inclusive, multi-disciplinary culture. 

 

We are particularly looking for individuals who can bring experience and interest to represent the evolution of our 5 manifesto pledges. You will connect with any of: 

  • Open up Science – becoming a space for real science in our city so people can participate and have a voice in contemporary research. 
  • Sustainable Futures - being an exemplar sustainable organisation which experiments with the solutions of tomorrow
  • Cultivating Curiosity - empowering everyone to ask questions and explore ideas together 
  • Building Resilience  for our own future as a charity and venue and also to play our part in building the resilience of our communities and city 
  • Diverse Participation - being a place of inclusion, where everyone feels represented and welcome to visit, volunteer or work 

 

For more information please read our Manifesto online.

 

We are committed to making real positive change, striving to improve the diversity of our staff and governance and becoming a more relevant and inclusive place for our audiences, participants and collaborators. We particularly welcome applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and people with a disability. Working with Rising Arts, we are currently recruiting for a young person aged 18-21 to join the board.

 

NCVO has audited the current board’s skills and expertise, and identified the following needs to develop the proficiency of our board. We are looking for applicants with skills and experience in the following:

 

=         Fundraising

=         Inclusion, equality and diversity

=         Commercial Operations

=         Environmental Science and Sustainability

=         Legal and HR

=         Property and Estates Management

=         Audience Engagement and Development

 

We are especially excited to hear from anyone who also has experience working in citizen science, multi-disciplinary art/science projects, community participation and social equity in Bristol, sustainable technologies, and programming of public facing venues. We want change makers, positive agitators, community leaders, researchers committed to shifting the landscape of science research and engagement and artists interested in a connected cultural landscape.

 

About us

We The Curious is an educational charity dedicated to building a culture of curiosity. We believe that by removing the boundaries between science, art, people and ideas we can play our part in positive social change and building better futures together. We want to reposition science as part of culture and enable everyone to be able to ask questions and be heard.  

 

After 17 years of “making science accessible to all”, in 2017 At-Bristol Science Centre relaunched as We The Curious with a new Manifesto, vision and ambitious plans to redevelop the ground floor of the venue. With fundraising underway and work already started on the project, 2020 will see the launch of the UK’s first permanent exhibition experience driven by the curious questions of its city. 

For more information about our team and structure, please follow these links to: team and board

 

Role of Board Members

The board provides advice, knowledge and support to the leadership team at We The Curious. With the steer of the Chair, the board ensures we pursue our purpose responsibly, compliant with our governing documents, charity law and other relevant legislation. The board will review and advise on best practice and appropriate policies and procedures, and uphold excellent governance.

Board members will:

  • Contribute individual experience in support of the vision and strategic delivery
  • Uphold the values of We The Curious
  • Safeguard and advocate for the work and vision of We The Curious
  • Act as ambassadors locally, nationally and internationally
  •  Assist with the evaluation and review of the policies, goals and targets of the organisation
  •  Encourage investment and growth
  •  Drive innovation and change
  •  Oversee the effective and efficient administration of the organisation and long term financial stability
  • Contribute to working groups for specific focus on projects

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise. 

This is a part-time, voluntary role. We hold 6 board meetings per year and beyond that, trustees may also be called upon for advice or assistance by the leadership team or to attend occasional events. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered. 

Trustees are appointed to an initial three-year term of office, after which they are elected to stand for two further three-year terms, should they wish to continue their appointment on the Board. The maximum term of office is nine years.