13th December 2019

Artist Trustee vacancy

New board seeks artists to join them in Creative Land Trust's mission to secure artist workspace in perpetuity


We are recruiting an Artist Trustee for the Creative Land Trust: a new and ambitious start-up charity. The Creative Land Trust has been established by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England, Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Trust sits at the heart of the Mayor’s ambition to protect affordable workspace for the creative sector and is part of his Culture Strategy.

The Creative Land Trust is a new organisation established to secure long-term affordable space for artists. In just 3 years London has lost 17% of studio spaces and our artists are being driven out. The Creative Land Trust is an ambitious project that will bring together grant and investment funding to help alleviate the loss of studio space.

Our challenge is to secure 1,000 affordable workspaces in the first five years, helping artists to flourish and helping to maintain London’s status as an international cultural capital.

It is an exciting time to join us.

We are looking for an Artist to join our Board of Trustees to help us deliver our ambitious vision. You will be working alongside other Board members who work in the spheres of the arts, property, charity, finance, law and fundraising. This is your opportunity to do something brilliant, that keeps London creative.


Are you passionate about saving London’s artists? Do you have skills, contacts, time or perspectives that you’d like to contribute to getting more people than ever thinking, talking and acting on saving the future of the capital’s creative workforce and artist community by creating workspaces?

A new Board was put in place July 2019 and they are now looking for the crucial voice of artists; those who have experienced first hand the problems relating to finding affordable workspace in London. As a start-up Board, this is a pivotal position for someone willing to commit time and make a strategic contribution as a learning partner to the board. As a Trustee of the Creative Land Trust you would provide on-going strategic direction, critical challenge and helping hands to ensure the Creative Land Trust has the biggest impact possible. We want our Trustees to support and provide governance of the highest quality and rigour as the organisation enters its first phases.

You should be able to demonstrate the following criteria:


You should be an energetic and informed advocate for the creative industries – you share our energy and positivity.

You are willing to devote time, enthusiasm and effort to the duties and responsibilities of being a trustee.

You have great strategic insight.

You have independent judgement and willingness to challenge.

You are committed to the ethos and values of the organisation.


You have the ability to powerfully articulate the importance of work in your own words and connect it to the big picture.

You have experience of being a charity trustee.

Job Description

Statutory Duties of a Trustee

Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

Ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.

Ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.

Contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.

Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.

Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.

Ensure the financial stability of the organisation.

Protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.

Appoint the senior management team and monitor their performance.

Other Duties

In addition to the above statutory duties:

Scrutinising board papers.

Providing guidance on new initiatives.

Representing the charity to external stakeholders and/ or donors.

Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Other Responsibilities

Maintain oversight of responsible use of the charity’s resources and ensure long term financial sustainability of the organisation.

Ensure that strategic and operational risks are managed effectively.

Act as an advocate and be one of the public faces of the organisation.

Support senior staff by providing expertise to support work on our strategy, development and operations.

Identify funding/building opportunities and assist with developing relationships with existing and potential funders.

Time Commitment

It is anticipated that the Board will meet every 8-12 weeks. Trustees may establish sub-groups, such as a finance sub group to examine specific projects.

Equal Opportunities

We value diversity and want to represent London for the multi-cultural, progressive, innovative and forward-thinking city it is. The Board will need a diverse group of bold and brilliant people who do a wide variety of things at work, have lived a variety of lives, and are ready for the challenge of being a Trustee.

We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are underrepresented on charity boards and we want to be as inclusive as possible. We are keen to avoid this, so particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people who identify as having a disability; people from the LGBT+ community; and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Length of appointment

The terms of appointment will be three years, with the possibility to extend for a further term.


Board and Committee meetings are normally held in Central London.

How to Apply

  • Please note that the deadline for application for this role has now passed, and submissions will no longer be accepted *


The positions of Chair and Trustees are honorary, unremunerated and non-pensionable.

Appointees will be entitled to be reimbursed for travel and other expenses reasonably incurred in performing their role in connection with the Board.