ALOUD is looking to appoint a trustee to its board to replace outgoing member Rhian Owen, Audit Partner at Grant Thornton. The new trustee will be a qualified accountant with significant experience in order to complement the existing skills amongst board members. The successful candidate will also support the executive team as a sounding-board and an extra pair of eyes, to give confidence to the organisation that its finances continue to be robust.

A little bit about Aloud:

The Aloud Charity is all about opportunity and aspiration. It is our aim to encourage the young people of Wales to be ambitious for their future – through the power of singing together we strive to equip them with the life skills to fulfil their potential, we teach them to aim high and we offer them experiences which help to develop their self-belief and self-confidence and encourage them to be proud, responsible and respectful contributors to their communities across Wales.

The charity was set up in 2012 to support a number of projects already up and running across the country: we currently deliver activity through 3 main strands – Only Kids Aloud, Only Boys Aloud and the Only Boys Aloud Academi.

Almost 10 years old now, Only Boys Aloud comprises some 240 boys in 13 choirs meeting weekly during term time at locations across Wales – serving rural, coastal and urban communities. Open to any boy between the ages of 11-19, there is no audition and no fee. The only project of its kind in Wales, open access is a key part of the OBA ethos and the choirs operate in some of the most deprived areas of country.

Every summer 32 older members of OBA spend a week on an intensive residential course – the OBA Academi. Places are awarded following auditions and are hotly contested. Regular attendance at a local OBA choir is also a prerequisite of being able to apply to the Academi. And Academi members return to their local choirs with experiences to share and confidence to take a mentoring role within the group. There is a fee for participation but this is heavily subsidised, and bursaries are available.

Only Kids Aloud is a pan-Wales choir of up to 100 boys and girls between the ages of 8-11: it runs on a residential model with auditions taking place annually. While there is a charge for participants, again it is heavily subsidised and financial assistance of up to 100% of cost is available. With no national children’s choir in Wales, OKA provides this opportunity for aspiring young singers.

We strive to secure extraordinary performance opportunities for these young people, from Proms in the Park broadcast live on BBC1, to the UEFA Championship Finals, singing with Bryn Terfel and Alfie Boe, from launching a cruise ship to performing for members of the Royal family and singing in the Houses of Parliament.

Our commitment to open access for OBA and to highly subsidised provision for younger children in OKA and through the Academi – combined with the fact that we have no regular funding for our activity from Welsh Government or through the Arts Council – means that every year we have a challenging fundraising target. We have some fantastic supporters and we celebrate the partnerships we have with corporates, trusts and individuals. It is this support that enables us to continue to deliver this activity across Wales which changes young lives.

And we know that it changes lives. A recent evaluation produced some amazing statistics – including

  • 53% of OBA members are now planning to go to University;
  • 69% of boys have got better at working as a team;
  • 30% of families report an improvement in their social lives thanks to their son’s membership of OBA.

And for every £1 invested in the charity more than £13 worth of social value is realised in those communities across Wales.

“OBA has changed my life in many ways: I got 10 GCSEs last year. I never thought that was possible but I know that hard work pays off… I’d always really gone for what was passable, but since I joined OBA, I strive for perfection in everything”

Job Description

The Board of Trustees is responsible , with the Chief Executive and Artistic Director, for setting the charity’s strategy and overseeing its delivery. The Board ensures that the charity is resilient and sustainable; that it has a clear vision and mission; that its governance is of the highest standard and that it complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.

The Board is currently made up of seven trustees including the Chair.

Trustees are expected to be team players, engaged and committed and adding value to the organisation. The new trustee will be a person of high integrity and able to be supportive but constructively challenging. ALOUD is a relatively small charity with big ambitions and trustees are expected to show a willingness to support the executive team; to attend events and act as ambassadors and advocates for ALOUD.

The statutory duties of a Trustee are:

  • To ensure the charity complies with its governing document - sometimes known as a trust deed, constitution, or articles of association.
  • To ensure that the charity pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives - the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the charity.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the charity.
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds.
  • As the charity employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive and the Artistic Director and monitor their performance.

Trustees are appointed to the Board for a term of 3 years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms, or 6 years in total. The Board meets five times a year but candidates should be enthusiastic about making time to attend concerts and other performances.

Applicants should send CV and short covering letter addressed to Menna Richards, Chair, the Aloud Charity. Please use the email address and add 'trustee recruitment' to the subject line.


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