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British Association for Music Therapy seeks new Trustee with governance experience

British Association for Music Therapy seeks new Trustee with governance experience

Closing Date
12 March 2021
Home based
Time Commitment
6 hours a month

BAMT is the professional body  for  Music Therapy  in the UK, providing practitioners  with  professional  support,  and   both practitioners  and non-practitioners with information and  training opportunities. We provide  a  voice  for  the profession,  as well  as for  those who could benefit  from   music  therapy.  As  a charity,  we   are   committed  to promoting and  raising awareness of Music Therapy, developing understanding of Music Therapy through providing information to the general   public,  and  supporting   the   advancement  of education, research and  professional practice.


What we are looking for

BAMT is a charity and  a company. The trustees of the charity are  also the  Board  of   directors of   the  company. We   are  looking  for   a strategically  minded  person  with  significant  knowledge  and experience  of charity  or  corporate governance,  as well  as an  interest in, and  commitment to, the work  the BAMT does.

We are  particularly keen  to receive applications from  Black, Asian and minority  ethnic  people,  people with  disabilities,  people who  identify as being  LGBTQIA, people who  have a mental health condition.

Person Specification

The candidate must have:

  • Significant experience of charity or corporate governance, for example through serving on Boards or acting as a company secretary.
  • Good knowledge of charity legal  and  regulatory requirements and guidance.
  • Commitment to the mission of the BAMT.
  • Willingness to meet the minimum time requirement to carry out the role  described, estimated to be around 6 hours per  month on average.
  • Understanding and  acceptance of the legal  duties and responsibilities of trusteeship.
  • Ability to work  effectively as a member of a diverse team. Good, independent judgment.
  • Integrity.

It is desirable for the candidate to:

  • Be commercially aware.
  • Have good  analytical skills.
  • Be able  to write clearly and  concisely.

What’s involved in being a Trustee

  • The Board  of Trustees meet six times a year  at the BAMT office between 6-8pm on alternating evenings (due  to Covid-19 restrictions we currently hold  these meetings via zoom).
  • The trustees will be asked to take on specific roles, for example on committees and  working parties, and  asked to attend additional meetings if necessary. The successful candidate will serve on and, when ready, chair  the Governance Committee, which  meets 6 times a year,  but may  also take on additional roles if desired.
  • All trustees are  expected to participate in e-discussion and  debate in response to a weekly e-digest.
  • Trustees may  be contacted by the operational team for support in their specific area of expertise.
  • Trustees  serve for a term of three years and may no serve more than three terms without a period of at least a year  out of office.

A summary of the primary duties of all charity trustees is attached.

Responsibilities of the Governance Trustee

  • Keep up to date with all relevant legal,  regulatory and  best practice standards of corporate governance including, but not limited to, Company Law and  Charity Commission requirements.
  • Ensure the Board  and  CEO understand the requirements of charity governance.
  • Be the main  source of advice and  guidance to trustees and  senior staff on governance and  compliance matters and  ensure that agreed delegations are  adhered to across the organisation.
  • Lead-on and  promote the Policies Register, working with colleagues to ensure effective development and  approval of policies (including committee terms of reference) and  ensure timely scheduling for the approval and  review of policies.
  • Act as the Board’s Information Governance champion and  keep  up to date on laws and  guidance around data protection
  • Oversee the risk management framework, supporting trustee engagement with risks and  changes to the risk picture
  • Lead on any  investigations carried out under BAMT’s grievance, whistleblowing, safeguarding or complaints policies.

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