Recruiting Committee Members 

21 October 2021

To further the work of the Trust supporting cathedral music across the UK, we are recruiting new members to our Grants and Friends Committees. Our committees report to the Board of Trustees. 

The Grants Committee, chaired by James Lancelot, oversees the Trust’s funding programme for choral foundations, working closely with Operations Director Cathy Dew and Finance Director Jess Lock. In May 2021, the Grants Committee oversaw the distribution of nearly half a million pounds in funding for choral foundations to support their work this year.  

Our Friends Committee, chaired by Rosemary Downey, deals with all matters relating to our Friends, including recruitment of supporters and engagement with our national volunteer network, as well as our events programme, including the organisation of gatherings at cathedrals and churches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. In addition, the committee oversees the charity’s safeguarding policy and procedures. 

Person Specification

We are looking for committee members who: 

* Will commit to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause 
* Possess tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively 
* Can commit time and energy to perform their roles well 

In addition, for the Grants Committee

* Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of cathedral finance issues 
* Relevant analytical and evaluation skills 
* Experience of grant making and funding bids 

In addition, for the Friends Committee

* Experience in managing/engaging with volunteers 
* Experience in designing, managing and delivering events 

Committee members will normally be appointed for a three year term.

Who can apply? 

If you are interested in helping us to pursue our mission to support and develop the vibrant living heritage of cathedral music, then we want to hear from you. We are committed to expanding the diversity of our volunteers, particularly regarding gender, age, disability and ethnicity, and welcome anyone who is interested to apply to be part of our wider team. 

Applications in the form of a short expression of interest and a CV, together with the names of two referees, should be sent to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 19 November 2021. Please specify which committee you are applying to be a member of in the body of your email. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (either in person or online) in December. 

2022 will see further opportunities to be involved with the Trust’s mission through Trustee and Committee roles. Please sign up to our mailing list if you would like to hear more about these roles in future. 

About Cathedral Music Trust 

Cathedral Music Trust is a voice for cathedral music, upholding this integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage by campaigning on behalf of cathedral music and musicians, supporting cathedral choirs and choristers in need, and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in choral and organ music. Harry Christophers, CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, is our President, and Alexander Armstrong, actor, presenter, comedian, former chorister and choral scholar is our Ambassador. 

There are four committees who work with and report to our Board of Trustees on a regular basis: Finance and Audit, Development, Grants and Friends. Alongside the four committees, we also have launched a Future Leaders scheme, an initiative designed to ensure that the voices of young people are at the heart of our work and this group will work with our four committees to help shape our strategy and future development. 

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