Cathedral Music Trust — Chair of Development Committee & Trustee (Governance) and Hon. Secretary

Cathedral Music Trust wishes to appoint a Trustee to take on the role of Chair of its Development Committee, and to work with the Development Director and Development Committee to plan and execute the charity’s donor engagement, stewardship and fundraising strategy. As well as a Trustee to oversee and lead on governance, and to fulfil the role of Hon. Secretary. This role is vital in ensuring that the charity meets its legal responsibilities and is managed effectively and efficiently. (Deadline: 20th of June)

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About

Cathedral Music Trust (the Trust) is a charity which supports and promotes sacred choral music, upholding this integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage by campaigning on behalf of cathedral music and musicians, giving grants to cathedral choirs and choristers in need, and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in choral and organ music. It is especially committed to enabling children from a diverse range of backgrounds to experience the many benefits that come from being a chorister.

The Trust has ambitious plans to widen the scope of its activities as the leading source of support for cathedral music through advocacy, education and grant‐giving. Its operations are carried out by a hard working professional staff team who report to a Board of committed and enthusiastic trustees. In 2021 and 2022 it disbursed nearly £1 million in grants to Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedral, church and collegiate chapel choirs in the UK and Republic of Ireland. With Harry Christophers CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, as the Trust’s President, and Alexander Armstrong, television presenter and former chorister, as its Ambassador, the Trust seeks innovative and sector-leading ways to support high-quality musicianship in cathedrals.

A summary of the Trust's grants programme in 2020 can be found here, and for 2021 here. The 2021 annual report and accounts for Cathedral Music Trust can be found here.


Role specification

Chair of the Development Committee

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Trust and for its financial health, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and targets in accordance with its governing documents and with legal and regulatory guidelines. All trustees are expected to:

  • Ensure that the charity complies with its governing documents, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and that it operates within its charitable objectives, and where possible, in accordance with best practice
  • Provide clear strategic direction and regularly review the mission, strategic aims, guiding principles and overall plans for the organisation and progress against objectives
  • Ensure the financial stability, probity and sustainability of the organisation
  • Safeguard the charity’s reputation and values and adhere fully to the Trustee Code of Conduct

The current Chair of the Trust's Development Committee has been appointed Chair-Elect and will take over as Chair of the charity early in 2023. The Trust therefore wishes to appoint a new Chair of the Development Committee to allow the current Chair to prepare for their new role. The appointee will also be part of the executive group of trustees and a member of the Finance & Audit Committee. They will:

  • Chair meetings of the Development Committee effectively and efficiently, bringing objectivity to the decision-making process
  • Establish and build a strong and constructive working relationship with the Development Director, and act as the Director’s line manager (pending a decision by the Board to appoint a CEO)
  • Work with the Development Director and Development Committee to plan and execute the charity’s donor engagement, stewardship and fundraising strategy, ensuring that it is carried out in legal, honest and accountable ways
  • Work with the Development Director and Development Committee to plan and execute the charity’s marketing and communications strategy
  • Together with the impact and delivery team, guide the charity’s advocacy and campaigning to external stakeholders and the public
  • Report to the Board on proposed fundraising plans and activities
  • Represent the cause and the charity at external functions and events

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Trustee (Governance) and Hon. Secretary

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Trust and for its financial health, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and targets in accordance with our governing documents and with legal and regulatory guidelines. All trustees are expected to:

  • Ensure that the charity complies with its governing documents, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and that it operates within its charitable objectives, and where possible, in accordance with best practice
  • Provide clear strategic direction and regularly review the mission, strategic aims, guiding principles and overall plans for the organisation and progress against objectives
  • Ensure the financial stability, probity and sustainability of the organisation
  • Safeguard the charity’s reputation and values and adhere fully to the Trustee Code of Conduct

The Trust has a vacancy for a new trustee to lead on governance and to fulfil the role of Hon Secretary. This role is vital in ensuring that the charity meets its legal responsibilities and is managed effectively and efficiently. The appointee will be part of the executive group of trustees and a member of the Finance & Audit Committee. They will:

  • Ensure that the Trust acts in accordance with the law, its governing documents and the Charity Commission’s good governance guidelines
  • Act in the Trust’s best interests, helping the Board to make balanced and well-informed judgements and ensuring that the charity is well run and fulfils its charitable objectives
  • Advise on good practice, statutory procedures and charity governance as required
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of the Trust
  • Ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Oversee the adequacy of policies and procedures in respect of governance and risk, including the charity’s risk register and the register of trustees’ and directors’ interests
  • Work with the Chair, Committee Chairs and staff to ensure that Board meetings are effectively organised and take the minutes of Board meetings
  • Represent the cause and the charity at external functions and events

Person specification

Chair of the Development Committee

Cathedral Music Trust is keen to hear from candidates with experience of income generation at strategic and operational levels, and networking capabilities which can be used for the benefit of the charity. Candidates will also possess the confidence to represent the charity to a wide range of stakeholders, and will have the time and energy to commit to the role. Applications are particularly welcome from those who have previous experience of chairing meetings and events.

The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills and be able to motivate staff and volunteers. They will possess tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen, engage effectively, think strategically and make sound decisions.

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Trustee (Governance) and Hon. Secretary

Candidates will ideally have governance and / or legal experience and knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with the requirements of the Charity Commission. They will possess the confidence to represent the charity to a wide range of stakeholders. The successful candidate will have excellent organisational skills and be able to work well with other trustees, staff and volunteers. They will possess tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen, engage effectively, think strategically and make sound decisions.


Board Composition

For more information about Cathedral Music Trust’s Board of Trustees, please see here.


Terms of appointment

This role is unremunerated, but pre-agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed. The time commitment for this role is approximately 0.5 days per week, with additional ad hoc meetings and occasional events. Most Board meetings are now held in person, in London, and most committee meetings are currently held virtually. There is the opportunity for the appointed candidate to become more closely involved in delivering the charity's ambitious plans if their availability allows.


The deadline for consideration is 20th of June.

If you would like to register your interest, please do so below. A member of the Nurole team will be in touch ahead of the deadline to let you know how to progress your application.