We are looking for a new Create Sheffield Chair of the Board

Create Sheffield

Do you want to support children in Sheffield to enhance their life chances through arts and culture? Be part of a committed group of volunteers? You do? Then you could be our newest Trustee!

Join Us

We are a charitable organisation that is set up to empower children and young people of Sheffield through increasing access and participation in arts, culture and heritage. From creative learning opportunities to fun things to do – we’re here to benefit the lives of all those aged 0-24.

We have formed Create Sheffield as a charity as we really believe that the city needs to invest in cultural education to enhance the lives of our children and young people and to build a brighter, better society as well as individual life chances. Sheffield is an extraordinary city full of potential and we want to make sure that it is open and builds positive futures through creativity.

Create Sheffield want to expand our Trustee team with talented and passionate individuals like you. Our work will enable more young people from all backgrounds to access arts, learn skills and build confidence to engage with the world and each other.

About Us

Create Sheffield is Sheffield’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). Formed in 2016, Create Sheffield is one of 15 LCEPs established in Yorkshire and Humber by IVE, the Arts Council’s Bridge Organisation for the region, in response to the Cultural Education Challenge. Find more information about this.

Create Sheffield was officially launched as a company in 2018, with a mission to bring arts and culture to as many children and young people as possible and to remove the barriers that stop young people getting involved. Read more about our governance and history.

The requirements of the current educational system, coupled with the expectation to ‘catch up’ post Covid, has squeezed opportunities for arts, culture and creativity out of the curriculum, and pushed it, increasingly, into the position of an enrichment activity. When children are not able to connect with arts, culture and creativity through their home environment, unfortunately we can no longer expect that gap to be filled by school. This in turn causes a city divide around who can and who cannot engage with arts and cultural activity, and connect with their own creativity.

We want to reverse this trend and ensure that every child has both access to cultural education and experiences, and to ensure that there are ways to help young people build creativity into their everyday lives. For some, this may be a life choice, for others a career; either way, Create Sheffield is there to help them on their way.  Getting involved in arts and culture helps to build a child’s cognitive and social skills, boosts health and wellbeing, and teaches skills that are invaluable in the world of work.  That’s why we’re determined to enhance the life of Sheffield’s young people. 

How will we get there? Through collaboration and innovation; by developing sustainable partnerships with local artists and cultural organisations, and meaningful relationships with schools, educators and young people. We aim to provide more opportunities for children and young people to explore, discover and create in Sheffield. Learn more about the problems we are trying to solve and find out how to get involved.

Create Sheffield is evolving as an organisation and has firm foundations in the goals and values it shares with both its cultural and education partners. This Cultural Education Partnership is a collaborative movement through which we will make Sheffield a place that listens to and responds to the needs of its youngest residents, so that they can live, learn and play together.

Charity number 1189387, Company number 11633729

Who are we looking for

Our Board aims to be diverse and representative of a broad cross-section of the local community, across a span of ages and backgrounds, with insights and experience in the arts, learning and connecting with children and young people. The Board will provide governance for the charity and welcomes expertise in several professional disciplines; finance, HR, business development and fundraising.

We respect and value differing opinions and perspectives; we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from every section of the Sheffield community; and we would mentor successful candidates who wish to grow their knowledge of what it takes to be a Trustee.

We are looking to speak to people who are interested in change, collaboration and charity development, as well as helping children.

Key responsibilities

  • To provide leadership for the Board and work in partnership with the other Trustees and the Create Sheffield Manager to ensure that the organisation has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction, and that the Trustees and staff are focused on achieving these.
  • To ensure that the Board of Trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.
  • To lead the development plans of the charity which will underpin future sustainability.
  • To develop strong, productive relationships with key stakeholders and funders, including local authorities, with the Create Sheffield Manager, other trustees and local authority representatives on the Board.


Duties and tasks to fulfil the key responsibilities:



  • To ensure that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic plan, and that there is a common understanding of these by the Create Sheffield Manager and the Trustees.
  • To advocate for Create Sheffield and communicate with key stakeholders and supporters.
  • To ensure that policies set by Create Sheffield support the vision, mission and strategic priorities and objectives.
  • To ensure that Create Sheffield considers and approves the methods for measuring objectively the progress of the charity in relation to its vision, mission, strategic objectives/priorities, business plans and annual targets.


  • To support the Create Sheffield Manager to achieve the charity’s mission.
  • To provide support to and line manage the Create Sheffield Manager on behalf of the board, remembering that the Create Sheffield Manager is responsible to the Board as a whole and not to any one individual Trustee or subgroup of Trustees.
  • To ensure that the Create Sheffield Manager’s annual objectives are agreed and that they support the achievement of the strategic objectives/priorities.
  • In partnership with the Create Sheffield Manager to ensure that the Board receives sufficient (neither excessive quantities nor too little) and timely information to make informed decisions.
  • To ensure that there are regular one to one meetings with the Create Sheffield Manager when the chair and Create Sheffield Manager can talk openly, discuss progress and problems, agree expectations of each other; plan the Board’s annual programme together and prepare for meetings together.
  • To ensure that the Create Sheffield Manager receives regular, constructive feedback on their performance in managing the charity and in meeting their annual and longer-term objectives. To ensure that the Create Sheffield Manager’s performance is reviewed informally at regular one-to-one meetings throughout the year and, more formally, annually.
  • To lead on the recruitment of future Create Sheffield Managers


  • To chair meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  • To ensure that the Board of Trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity
  • To ensure that the charity has a governance structure that is appropriate to a charity of its size/complexity, stage of development and its charitable objects.
  • To ensure that the Board’s delegated authority is recorded in writing by means of terms of reference for Board committees and sub-committees, job descriptions for honorary officers and key staff, reporting procedures etc.
  • To ensure that the charity’s financial dealings are systematically accounted for, audited and publicly available.
  • To ensure that the major risks to which the charity is exposed have been reviewed and systems have been established to mitigate these risks without the charity becoming totally risk averse.
  • To ensure that the charity has a satisfactory system for holding in trust or the beneficiaries’ moneys, properties and other assets and ensure that moneys are invested to the maximum benefit of the charity, within the constraints of the law and ethical and other policies laid down by the Board.
  • To ensure that Board decisions are made in the best, long-term interests of the charity and that the Board takes collective ownership of these decisions.
  • To monitor that decisions taken at meetings of the Board are implemented

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience s/he has to help the Board reach sound decisions. These may involve scrutinising Board and focus group papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives and other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.

Time commitment

We meet on a quarterly basis for two hours and have on away day session per year. There will also be regular finance and HR subgroup committee meetings.

Trustees are also invited to attend networking opportunities which will include a twice-yearly creative forum.

To Apply

Please get in touch to let us know why you would like to be the Chair of the Board at Create Sheffield. Please answer the following question ‘Why us and why you?’


You can use whatever format you feel comfortable, e.g a CV and covering letter, a LinkedIn profile, even a short video.


Please send your expression of interest to louisa@benchmarkrecruit.co.uk by Monday May 30th 2022


Interviews will be held on Monday June 6th and Wednesday June 8th shortlisted applicants can request a time slot to suit between 4 and 7pm