Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

Trustees Wanted!

Abbe Elliston
Tuesday 26th April, 2022 Posted by Abbe Elliston

We are currently looking for new trustees that will bring new thinking to Flatpack and help shape the organisation’s future direction – particularly from people who represent diverse audiences across the West Midlands.

Over the last couple of decades we've grown from putting on pop-up film nights in pubs to making amazing film events happen all across the West Midlands, including our annual Flatpack Festival, which is just weeks away from its sixteenth edition. We're now looking to expand our activities over the next 3-4 years, and we'd love to hear from people who can bring new thinking and life experiences that reflect the West Midlands to help us as trustees.

Who are we looking for?

We recognise the value of different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences in our organisation and believe this makes our work and working environment more inclusive and exciting. We guarantee an interview for anyone who fulfils the minimum criteria for this role and is from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector (for more information see ‘How to apply’ below).

We would be interested in hearing from candidates who could bring insight across one of more of the following areas:

  • Strategic planning, organisational development and leadership, which could be from the cultural or wider not-for-profit and creative sectors;
  • Creating and/or commissioning multi-disciplined projects across the wider cultural sector;
  • Marketing and communications, particularly to West Midlands audiences currently underrepresented in film festival programming;
  • Cultural venue development including capital development;
  • Creating cultural experiences through film and heritage that contribute to wellbeing outcomes;
  • Lived experience that gives insight into the film heritage of the West Midlands, particularly the film heritage of global majority audiences.

You do not need experience as a trustee or running an organisation to apply - what's more important is the life and career experiences that you bring, and support can be provided for anyone new to being a trustee.

What does being a Flatpack trustee involve?

We meet formally four times a year, usually in Birmingham, with occasional working groups to look at specific issues. We would expect that trustees would spend around half a day a month with our producers, developing relationships across the business and sharing insights and understanding to help shape the organisation.

Mostly importantly, our current trustees (including people from film, entrepreneurs and from the legal world), whether from the region or from further afield in the UK, take huge enjoyment from being a part of Flatpack, engaging with our programmes and festival and being a part of the West Midlands film community.

Flatpack trustees do not receive payment for their time, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed including those for access needs and travel associated with attending Flatpack events.

How to apply

If you would like to apply to be a trustee of Flatpack, please compete the application form and the equal opportunities forms using the links below:

Application Form (Google Doc)
Equal Opportunity monitoring form (Google Doc)

The application form consists of three short questions which will explore your experiences and skills and can be completed as a written statement or as film/audio. We will not ask for your CV unless you are selected for interview.

Closing date 26 May 2022 First stage online interviews in early June.

We guarantee an interview for anyone who fulfils the minimum criteria for this role and is from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector (for example you are from a community that experiences racism, you had free school meals as a child, are a D/deaf disabled person, are neurodivergent, identify as being a different gender to that at birth, face barriers due to mental health, have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, incarceration or other social circumstances that might have created barriers professionally). If you would like this to be a consideration in your application, please indicate this on the application form.

If you have questions about the role or application and would like a confidential conversation, please contact Matthew Swann at matthew@achates.org.uk. These conversations will not form part of our assessment process.

If you would like any of this information in an alternative format e.g. Microsoft Word, please contact Victoria Hibbs at victoria@achates.org.uk.

You can find more information in the full job description linked below:
Recruitment Pack

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