Nov 192020
Art History Link-Up – Chair

Chair - Art History Link-Up

Business / Organisation Name: Art History Link-Up
Business / Organisation Sector: Not-for-Profit
Business / Organisation Website:
Business / Organisation Type: Charity or Not-for-Profit
Role Title: Chair
Remuneration: Pro Bono

Role Description

Art History Link-Up provides free accredited Art History courses for sixth form state supported students in museums and galleries, and currently online and across the UK. After the course, students often choose to pursue the subject at university and/or a career in the arts, keeping the subject and sector alive, diverse and vibrant.

On average over half - and often more - of our students are BAME and / or from Widening Participation backgrounds. We believe the art history is transformational for our students and that they, in turn, have the potential to transform the sector. We have an ambitious set of plans to increase our outreach beyond London, in a number of different formats, to make sure that we keep inspiring the next generation.

Art History Link-Up is looking for a new Chair and / or Trustees to join the Board.

Our small Board currently comprises six dedicated individuals, between them holding broad experience across several sectors and disciplines. After a very successful year, and plans for improvement and expansion, we are now looking to supplement the Board with further talented appointments.

As a member of the Board of Trustees you will have responsibility for:

  • Providing strategic oversight and leadership, ensuring that Art History Link-Up pursues its stated
  • Ensuring effective and efficient administration of the charity, including approving the budget, defining goals and targets, evaluating performance, and taking appropriate action to manage
  • Taking a limited but hands-on role to support the delivery of certain elements of the charity’s work (e.g. marketing, accounting, recruitment).
  • Ensure resources are used effectively to ensure the overall financial sustainability of the charity in future
  • Contributing to and safeguarding the reputation and values of the charity and our partners, being an excellent advocate for Art History Link-Up and the young people we work
  • Supporting our freelancers and volunteers to help them contribute positively and professionally to the development of the charity and its
  • Ensuring that Art History Link-Up operates in accordance with the principles of good governance, complying with its Articles of Association, its safeguarding and recruitment policies, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

Successful candidates will be strong team players with a range of professional skills and personal qualities. You should share our determination to make the study and enjoyment of art history accessible to as many young people as possible.

We are seeking to boost particular skills on the Board and are particularly keen to appoint candidates with the below skills:


  • individuals with a background in charity fundraising, who can help develop a reliable funding stream to support the charity’s future work, and build up the charity’s reserves.

In addition, all trustees of Art History Link-Up are expected to demonstrate:

  • A proven interest in and enthusiasm for art history and visual culture, with good knowledge of the arts, cultural or heritage
  • Being up to the challenge of a start-up environment, combining an entrepreneurial approach with down-to-earth pragmatism.
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to contribute to Board discussion and strategy and policy
  • An ability to think strategically, appropriately contribute their skills and experience, and follow-through on
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively and supportively as part of a small
  • A willingness to take part in fundraising activity and to share our story with national networks, existing/potential supporters, partners and
  • A commitment to diversity and equality and improving access to educational opportunities for people from a range of different backgrounds.

Previous experience as a charitable trustee is desirable but not essential.

Application Details

To apply, please provide:

  1. a CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your educational background, employment history, directorships and trusteeships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards; and
  2. a supporting covering letter of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the trustee responsibilities and person specification above.

Applications should be sent to AHLU Secretary Trustee, Daniel Whitelock, as soon as possible, and in any event no later than 30 November 2020. If for any reason you are not able to meet this deadline, we will however continue to consider applications received after this time.

To talk to further to someone about trustee roles, please contact Daniel Whitelock, to arrange a phone call. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview with a member(s) of the Board at a mutually convenient time.

Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Contact Name: Daniel Whitelock
Contact Telephone: 07986379442
Contact Email:

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