Governance Review

on Thursday, 04 April 2019. Posted in Work with us

Trowbridge Town Hall Trust invites tenders to undertake a governance review.

Trowbridge Town Hall is a Grade II listed building in the centre of Trowbridge, a market town in Wiltshire. Its construction was funded by local businessman William Roger Brown in 1887 and dedicated to be for “the benefit of the residents of the town for ever”. The building played a central role in civic life, including signing up volunteers for the First World War and hosting public meetings. In the 1960s, the Town Hall’s ball room hosted musicians including The Who, Cat Stevens and Rod Stewart. Shortly after this, the building was converted into a magistrates’ court.

In 2012, the courts moved out. A series of public meetings led to the formation of the Trowbridge Town Hall Trust to “breathe new life into this iconic and well-loved building”. Constituted as a charity, Trowbridge Town Hall Trust merged with Trowbridge Arts in 2016 and has since traded as Town Hall Arts. The building hosts a wide range of events, from visual art in the gallery and foyer to music and performance in the old court room, community events in the “supper room” and artist residencies in the historic cells.

The building is owned by Wiltshire Council and leased to the Trust. Since 2013, the charity’s focus has been on its artistic programme, with the largest funding source being Arts Council England. In recent years the Trust has had to diversify its income, increasing its earned revenue from hires of the building. The organisation has six full and part time staff (4.2 FTE).

This year, the Trust appointed a new Director, David Lockwood, with a vision to restore the building as a vital civic asset. With core funding from Trowbridge Town Council and Wiltshire Council, the Trust is now in a stronger position to build for the future. Working with our key stakeholders, we’d like to take this opportunity to review our governance, ensuring we have a strong base from which to grow.

Whilst we are open to different options, we anticipate a review to cover the following areas:

-    Review of terms of reference
-    Guidance on roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer
-    Relationship of Chief Executive/Director to Board of Trustees
-    Relationship of organisations to key stakeholders, specifically Wiltshire Council and Trowbridge Council, and also Eat That Frog, resident artists and other user groups
-    Establishment and constitution of sub-groups
-    Establishment of terms of office
-    Skills audit of trustees
-    Guidance on future recruitment
-    Analysis of board diversity and recommendations for making board more reflective of residents of Trowbridge
-    Review of membership and relationship of members to trustees
-    Guidance on trustee appraisals

Decisions will be made on the basis of an application. Please provide a one page covering letter, including a breakdown of proposed fee and associated costs, outlining how you envisage working with Trowbridge Town Hall Trust. In addition, please provide up to three examples of previous work that make you suitable for this opportunity.

Tenders should be of no more than £2,000, including costs.

Tender deadline: 9am, 15th April

If you wish to have a conversation beforehand, please contact David Lockwood on david@townhallarts.co.uk