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Music Therapy Works


Time Commitment

Contact Details

West Midlands

Approx. 30 hours per year

Sandra Bristoll

01905 972567

About the Role

Could you be a Trustee?
Are you based in the West or East Midlands and looking for an opportunity to
create positive social change, meet new people and learn new things? MTW
is looking for three to four committed, motivated people to join the Board as
Trustees, enabling even more people to benefit from music therapy.
Each Trustee must:

  • Be able to make careful, strategic decisions based on the information they
    are given

  • Have a willingness to speak their mind and provide constructive challenge
    when needed

  • Work well in a varied team of people

  • Be willing to spend the time and effort needed to fulfil the role of Trustee

  • Understand and accept the legal responsibilities of being a Trustee 

How can new Trustees help Music Therapy Works to further our

We have recently appointed a new Chief Executive, Doug Bott, to develop a new strategic plan that will expand our provision of music therapy throughout the Heart of England region.

As a Trustee you could provide advice and support to the Chief Executive in
developing and delivering this new strategy, with the potential to benefit the
lives of thousands of people through music therapy.

What is a Trustee? 

  • Being a Trustee means making decisions that will impact people’s lives and
    make a real difference to our community.

  • Trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. They
    play a vital role in helping to define and develop the work of the charity.

  • Trustees work alongside the management team, using their skills and
    experience to help the charity to define and achieve its strategic aims. But
    they do not undertake the day-to-day work of running the organisation.

  • Trustees are also Directors of MTW as it is both a registered charity and a
    company limited by guarantee.

  • Trustees give their time on a voluntary basis. They are not paid fees, but they can claim reasonable expenses.

What is the time commitment?

  • There are four Board meetings a year for two hours each, which all Trustees
    are expected to attend, having read all papers in advance. Board meetings
    are generally held on Monday evenings. Most meetings take place online, though we aim to meet in person at least once a year.

  • We aim to hold an away-day with the whole MTW team once a year.

  • Our Trustees are all part of a mentoring/buddying scheme with the MTW
    team, providing an opportunity to connect with the MTW workforce.

  • We ask for your willingness to liaise with the management team if your
    particular advice or expertise is required for a specific task and also to
    undertake ad hoc sub-committee work, advising on particular issues.

  • Each Trustee has the opportunity for one reflection and feedback session

  • The total time spent is equivalent to around 30 hours per year.

  • Trustees are asked to serve for a minimum of three years, with a maximum
    term of nine years.

  • Board meetings for the remainder of 2024 are: 

1) September 30th, 7:00 -9:00, online; 

2) December 2nd, exact time & location TBC

Skills and Qualifications

We are looking, in particular, for one or more of the following skills/experience
to complement our existing Trustees:

  • Fundraising

  • Marketing and communications

  • Digital

  • ICT strategy management skills

  • Safeguarding

  • Project or operational management

  • Performance management

  • Strategic planning

We also want our Board to reflect the diverse community that MTW supports.
We would particularly like to hear from you if you:

  • have a background in social care and/or safeguarding

  • have a background in music therapy or a related field

  • reflect MTW’s beneficiaries. For example: are you a disabled person? Do you
    have mental health needs? Are you a parent or teacher of a young disabled
    person, or a young person with mental health needs? Are you part of an
    adoptive family or do you work with children in care? Are you a carer for a
    person with dementia?

Whether you’re an experienced Trustee or wanting to take up your first position at board level, we really want to hear from you! It is not necessary for you to have previous experience as a Trustee - training will be provided. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, but you must be over 18 years old. 

About the Organisation

Music Therapy Works (MTW) is an independent charity based in the West
Midlands. Our mission is to deliver comprehensive music therapy services for
individuals, groups and communities in a wide range of circumstances.

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