Trustees Wanted

Trustees Wanted!

The NewBridge Project is currently looking for dedicated and motivated individual to join their board of directors to take up the role of trustee for a new charitable trust.

We are currently looking for individuals with the following areas of expertise to join our board: artistic/artist (visual art), finance management and fundraising, business planning and management, property development and urban planning, charity and property law and higher education.

For further information on this role and The NewBridge Project please contact Jessie Jacobs on j.jacobs@thenewbridgeproject.com or call 0191 232 8975


ROLE SPECIFICATION FOR TRUSTEES/DIRECTORS
OF THE NEWBRIDGE PROJECT COMPANY

INTRODUCTION:

The NewBridge Project, established in 2010, occupies a 29,000 sq.ft. floor office block and three shop units in Newcastle city centre. It is home to an artist-led community, encompassing NewBridge Studios – which houses over 80 artists, NewBridge Books – an artist bookshop and NewBridge Project Space.

The NewBridge Project provides exchange and support in an engaged and discursive community of artists. The shared workspace is a critical and collaborative environment that allows artists to discuss and develop new ideas and projects.

NewBridge Project Space provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit in a supportive space that promotes an experimental and critical approach to practice. The exhibition space is dedicated to exploring new and diverse contemporary art practice through a programme of regular exhibitions, screenings and events, supported by responsive talks, publications and performances.

The NewBridge Project continues to develop in response to the needs and interests of its members.

DEVELOPMENT:

The NewBridge Project is currently under the care of PopUp Initiative cic, a registered community interest company. The NewBridge Project is undergoing a period of organisational development and growth, after having appraised our aims and objectives and re-evaluating our governance structure, we have taken the decision to set up as a charitable trust.

The NewBridge Project has occupied its current building for over 6 years on a ‘meanwhile’ arrangement that includes discretionary business rate relief and peppercorn rent while the site awaits redevelopment. This opportunity has enabled the establishment of The NewBridge Project, which has become a core part of the provision for artistic development within Newcastle and the North East.

The premises are within the East Pilgrim Street site – part of the NewcastleGateshead Accelerated Development Zone and due to the planned redevelopment of the site it has become necessary for us to relocate to alternative premises.

The NewBridge Project is at a crucial point in its development, we must implement a next steps plan that will secure our future beyond this building and support the organisation to operate in this period of transition.

We are looking to form a board of directors/trustees to lead The NewBridge Project to the next stage of its development and provide support in this period.

The organisation is currently managed by Charlotte Gregory, Director, Jessie Jacobs, Development Director, Rebecca Huggan, Studio & Progrmme Coordinator, Kuba Ryniewicz, Bookshop Producer and Clare Gomez, Administrator.

CHARITY:

The NewBridge Project will be both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee having no share capital and governed by its charitable objects and Articles of Association. A company limited by guarantee is non profit distributing.

All Members of the Board – Directors in company law and Trustees in charity law – are also Members of the Association of the Company known as Company Members. Company Members are entitled to attend and vote at General Meetings. The Directors of the Company have certain legal, financial and fiduciary duties in law. The requirements of some funding bodies also place responsibilities on the Company’s Directors.

Even though many of these duties are delegated to staff, and the Board must make clear decisions about such delegation; the ultimate responsibility for every aspect of the Company’s operation lies with the Board of Directors. It is therefore important that all Board Members ensure that they understand the history of The NewBridge Project and its current situation, and keep abreast of other issues that might affect the company. Efficient work by the Company Secretary (or person performing that role) is also important.

This role specification is intended to act as a checklist of these responsibilities and to define any other duties expected of Board Members. It is intended to be a helpful document to assist with the smooth running of the Company.

Personal Attributes of Board Members:

  •  An enthusiasm for and understanding of the work and ethos of The NewBridge Project.
  • A commitment to carry out the duties of a Board Member.
  •  To be a respected member of the community with good networks.
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and a willingness to state personal convictions and, equally, to accept a majority decision and be tolerant of the views of other people.
  •  A willingness to deal openly with staff and colleague Board Members whether pleased or displeased about an issue.
  • A preparedness to offer personal and business skills and experience to support the work of the staff when required.
  • A commitment to be well informed about the work of The NewBridge Project.
  • A willingness to act as a champion for The NewBridge Project.
  •  The ability to treat sensitive information confidentially.

 

 

 

 

The Newbridge Project