We’re recruiting new leadership as Plymouth enters an exciting new cultural phase

Organisation Plymouth Culture CIO

Role Trustee 

Salary Unpaid voluntary with ability to claim reasonable expenses 


Plymouth is buzzing! Over the last ten years, since the launch of the first culture strategy (Vital Sparks) and hosting the British Art Show 7, the city has been on a cultural journey. In partnership with Plymouth City Council and cultural leaders the city has built strategic relationships with funders that have enabled us to take risks, enhance our cultural offer and position Plymouth as a leading city for arts and culture globally.

Plymouth Culture is the strategic development organisation that exists to support and enable the growth of culture across the city of Plymouth. We are proud to have supported and enabled many of flagship culture projects to happen over recent years, and we are playing a key role in developing and driving the cultural vision for the city as we look ahead to 2030. We have worked closely with key stakeholders, creatives and communities to collectively develop the Culture Plan 2021- 2030, which is driving our next steps and that of our partners across the city. 

The Culture Plan sets out some ambitious targets and recognises that in order to continue to evolve and transform in this next decade we need to focus on how we do things and not just what we do. At this pivotal moment we are seeking passionate and talented individuals to join Plymouth Culture’s board of trustees to help realise our ambitions and make a real difference to the communities in Plymouth.

Trustee Opportunity 

As we move into the implementation phase of the Culture Plan and continue to support post-Covid recovery for the creative and cultural sector, we are seeking new board members to support our strategic objectives. 

We are looking to appoint up to four trustees in the Autumn of 2021 to complement and strengthen the existing board structure. We are at a pivotal point for the organisation, and indeed the city, and we recognise that to realise the cultural transformation we desire, we need to do things differently. As such we are committed to running an open and transparent recruitment process that engages a diverse range of people and identifies individuals who bring new perspectives and diverse lived experience to our team.   

The role of trustee is offered on an unpaid, voluntary basis but with the ability to claim reasonable expenses. Expenses will be covered, as well as costs of access, personal support and caring expenses where needed (for example travel, child care). We are happy to discuss this with you directly to make sure the support is bespoke to your needs. 

What we are looking for

You may not have worked in the arts or cultural sector before and you may not have experience as a trustee. That’s not a problem. We think people from all sectors and backgrounds have transferable skills and can be a valuable asset to our organisation. We are looking for individuals who are personally passionate about culture and understand the transformative impact it can have on peoples lives. We are particularly interested to hear from people who have experience in the following areas, regardless of the context in which you have worked:  


  • Business development 
  • Inclusion
  • Audience development 
  • Data capture and analysis 
  • Cultural programming 
  • Partnership development and management 
  • Cultural leadership

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

We believe our organisation and work will be stronger with greater diversity at board level. We are committed to ensuring the diversity of our board reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We welcome and will create safe spaces for difference so that diverse voices, perspectives and experiences can exist within our board. In order to be more relevant and representative of our city and sector we would welcome applications from people from a culturally diverse background (Caribbean and African diasporas, people who are South Asian, East Asian or South-East Asian, North African, Middle Eastern or from ethnically mixed heritages) and from d/Deaf and Disabled people. 

Reflecting our Plymouth communities means we are also keen to hear from artists, freelancers and people of different ages, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds and geographical locations across the city. 

We recognise that if you are from a background that is currently underrepresented within the cultural sector you may need support to discuss how your experience is transferable to the trustee role and there may be changes we need to make as an organisation to ensure you can fully contribute. We welcome these discussions and encourage you to get in touch for an informal chat to explore these questions. 

How to apply

Informal chat – if you are thinking of applying and would like to discuss anything with us in advance please get in touch for an informal chat with the CEO and chair. Hannah Harris 

Applications open Wednesday 20th October 2021.

Application form – please complete the online application form and upload a short statement in written, audio or video file format to explain your interest in the role. We will not accept CV’s as part of this process. 

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 12th November 2021.

Stage one informal meeting – we would like to invite all eligible applicants to a 20-minute informal discussion about your application. This is an opportunity for you to meet the team, discuss your interest and suitability for the role and answer any clarifying questions.

To be held week commencing 15th November. 

Stage two formal interview –  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a formal interview which we will communicate full details of in advance. 

To be held week commencing 22nd November.