Board Trustee vacancies – can you help?

Liverpool Irish Festival is looking for new trustees.

Since 2003, the Liverpool Irish Festival (LIF) has brought Liverpool and Ireland closer together using arts and culture.  As a charitable company, we rely on enthusiastic and committed trustees to set our strategy and future direction.  Trustees have the opportunity to offer significant influence within this key Liverpool institution.

Who? We are looking for (up to) four skilled, experienced and enthusiastic individuals to join our Board. You will

  • guide and support the organisation through its next exciting phase of development
  • help us become more sustainable through the growth of commercial income, audience development and funding opportunities.

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants

  • with skills or experience in business development, fundraising and finance.
  • from underrepresented groups, such as (but not limited to) young people, BAME, LGBTQI+ and women
  • experience of the cultural sector and/or a familiarity with Liverpool Irish arts and culture.

Our trustees have strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to give time and commitment to the Liverpool Irish Festival. Trustees normally commit to 10 Board meetings a year as well as programme support during the Festival. Meetings generally take place in the early evening.

Our current Trustee with financial responsibility is retiring. We are looking for someone to put their finance skills to good use on LIF‘s behalf. You will monitor, review and report to the Board, on the financial aspects of the Festival, in liaison with the Festival Director.

How to apply: Expressions of interest should be made by submitting your CV and a one-page letter setting out your

  • skills
  • experience
  • networks you bring to the role
  • interest in serving on the Festival Board

to the Chair: [email protected]. For an informal discussion please contact John Chandler, Chair using [email protected] or calling +44 (0) 7762 943697. Closing date 30 June 2020.

Trustee Person Spec

Board members are expected to

  • support the work of the Festival by contributing knowledgeably to strategy development and planning
  • attend a minimum of 50% of meetings
  • ensure the charity understands and fulfils its legal and governance responsibilities
  • advocate for, and raise the profile of, LIF and to extend our networks for fundraising
  • fulfil any other functions of board membership, including representing LIF at key events
  • apply good judgement and take responsibility for their advice and actions.

Each trustee should have: (* denotes ‘desirable’):

Skills and abilities

  • Communication skills
  • Financial skills*
  • IT skills*
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Expertise in business*
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team  and to take decisions for the good of the Festival
  • Ability to apply the principles of: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.


  • Knowledge of arts/creative sector*
  • Knowledge/awareness of the Liverpool Irish community
  • Knowledge/awareness of historical/heritage/cultural issues
  • HR expertise/knowledge*
  • Understanding and acceptance of a trustee’s legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities.


  • Previous Board experience, particularly in the charitable, arts or voluntary sector*.

Personal style and behaviour

  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Creativity/inspiration
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Willingness to speak their mind.Sue's audience at the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta,complete with timpanology section!

Specific role description for the Treasurer/Lead for Finance

The Trustee will monitor, review and report on the Festival’s financial position and ensure sustainability. You will work with the Festival Director and LIF’s accountants (at year end) to ensure the Festival’s financial affairs are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice. You would help the Board carry out its financial responsibilities by:

  • presenting clear financial reports to the Board, allowing it to understand the charity’s financial position
  • deliering a financial report at each Board meeting
  • advising the Board on its financial responsibilities
  • liaising with professional advisors
  • managing financial risks
  • overseeing the preparation of annual accounts, giving a true and fair view of LIF‘s financial affairs
  • when necessary, taking on financial duties (e.g., book-keeping, budgeting, report preparation, funding bid support).

Additional reading

Attention is drawn to the following sections of the Policy Pack:

  • Board background (also available here) – Page 8
  • Code of Conduct – Page 12
  • Corporate Governance – Page 4
  • Eligibility and Declaration of Interests Forms – Page 48
  • Person specification – Page 5 (and below)
  • Terms of Reference – Page 9.