Treasurer North Lands Creative
North Lands Creative is looking for a Treasurer to join its active Board. We are looking for people who are excited by the opportunity to work with a small and innovative charity and who share our values and enthusiasm to respond to a new era in Caithness creative and community life and deliver a broad range of high quality creative experiences for local, national and international artists, audiences and participants.
North Lands Creative is unique. It is THE Scottish centre of excellence in glass making offering high quality studio facilities in a landscape rich with rare and dramatic natural beauty, quality of light and history. It is an inspirational environment for artists which has an enduring influence on their glass and art practice.
In order to realise our ambitions and to advance our progress. North Lands Creative is proposing changes in our organisation. We are learning from our successes and our challenges. We want to improve our performance and become more flexible and agile in our planning to meet and exceed the demands of our diverse audiences and partnership needs. The creation of new programmes and experimental learning projects demonstrates our commitment to innovation and creative thinking with excellence at all levels as a leading organisation in our field.
North Lands Creative is situated in Lybster, a small fishing village set amid the dramatic land and seascapes of the far North East Highlands in Scotland.
The inspiration for North Lands Creative came from Robert Maclennan, at that time Member of Parliament for Caithness and Sutherland. He developed the idea of an international centre for glass in Caithness with Dan Klein, one of the world’s experts in studio glass, Iain Gunn and Professor Keith Cummings of the University of Wolverhampton.
Since its inception in 1995, North Lands Creative has become a cultural landmark to the international glass community. It has been a meeting place for glass artists, ceramicists, painters, sculptors, architects and designers and those who wish to explore the technical and artistic potential of glass either on its own or in combination with other materials.
Every year we engage with class leaders and professional artists and students from all parts of the world through our gallery, studio, artistic and educational programs; through specialised workshops, masterclasses, artist talks and more. These programs help our audiences to discover and explore the world of creativity, and also support the development of artist’s careers.
Whether it’s participating in our Master-led workshops or listening to an artist talk about their work at our International conference, we’re here to introduce audiences to new ideas.
Our expectations of you
We are looking for candidates who are excited by the opportunity to work with a small and innovative arts organisation and who share our passion for the work. Board members take ultimate responsibility for the work that the organisation does, and the way in which it spends money, to achieve its aims. It is a large responsibility, focussing on the strategic direction of the organisation, agreeing plans and budgets, and holding the Director to account for the delivery of the plans. The position is voluntary but travel and subsistence costs will be covered for board duties.
We estimate the equivalent of two days per month time commitment working closely with the General Manager and Director. The full Board meets once each quarter for an average of 2 hours.
Outside of these meetings the Director will liaise with Board members to ensure they are kept up to date with developments and to consult on particular areas of expertise. As Treasurer, the Director may organise more structured meetings via the Board sub committee for Finance & HR to discuss specific financial matters directly.
Board members may also be asked to represent North Lands Creative at meetings with potential funders or influencers, or to attend or work alongside staff at events and receptions. There may be sub-committees with authority delegated to them by the Board and meeting at other intervals.
Terms of office
Board members stand for terms of three years, with the chance to be re-elected for a further term of three years (maximum term is six years). Board members are able to resign before the end of their set term. The Board member will need to put their resignation in writing, and give a month’s notice.
General Responsibilities and tasks
Specific Treasurer responsibilities
How to apply
Please send your CV and a covering letter, explaining why you are interested in this position.
Lorna MacMillan, General Manager
North Lands Creative, Quatre Bras, Lybster, Caithness, KW3 6BN
CLOSING DATE: 8th December 2017
North Lands Creative operates an equal opportunities policy and will appoint solely on the basis of the applicants’ ability to do the job in question. North Lands Creative does not discriminate with reference to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, marital status or disability, nor will such factors play any part in decisions on appointment or selection.