We are currently looking to expand and diversify our Board of Trustees. This is an exciting opportunity to support City Eye and to help ensure an ambitious, thriving and resilient organisation greets the future.
This is an exciting time to join our board. City Eye is a small but resilient organisation and we are at a transformational time in our existence. We are currently engaged in a process of organisational development to strengthen our financial position, confirm our long term business plan, and grow capacity and activity.
In 2018 – after many years of commitment and collaboration with project partners – City Eye moved into Studio 144; a new building created as a cultural hub in Southampton’s city centre. This move, while still presenting some challenges, offers many opportunities for us. Studio 144 is undoubtedly an extremely exciting place for us to be. The board's role is critical in supporting the organisation to navigate obstacles and to capitalise on the benefits of the new location; ensuring ultimately that City Eye will be able to fully operate and realise its organisational vision.
The Trustees meet on average six times per year, depending on situation and need. The meetings last approximately two hours and take place in Southampton city centre or online. There will be paperwork to read prior to each meeting. Attendance at these meetings and the AGM is expected. There are ongoing working groups amongst board members and input into a working group as appropriate is welcomed. It is expected that a Trustee will advocate for City Eye and represent the organisation if required to do so. Trustees will always be welcomed to City Eye events and it is hoped that attendance at some is possible, particularly during Southampton Film Week (annually in November).
The Board of Trustees are collectively responsible for the governance and leadership of the organisation and, working with the company's Executive Director, ensuring City Eye meets its charitable objectives as set out in our articles of association:
We are looking for people who are willing to take on this responsibility, who are passionate and enthusiastic about City Eye’s work and its future growth and success. We welcome those who are able to be both supportive and thoughtfully challenging and who can offer their wisdom and skills to move City Eye forwards.
To build on specific skills already represented in our board membership, we are particularly looking to recruit individuals who can offer expertise in the following areas:
-Legal: perhaps you are a solicitor, or you work in the sector in some way. We need you to be able to ask relevant legal questions and then support us to find the right answers - whether you have them or whether you know how to find the person who will.
-Financial: knowledge of fundraising and maximising income would be of interest here. We engage an independent accountant with in-depth and long-term knowledge of City Eye's financial situation, but a good grasp of accounts is an essential component of board membership.
-Business Development: we are currently undergoing a process of organisational development. An ability to strategically consider the organisation and recognise opportunities is of interest here.
-Film Industry: The film industry is wide and varied, we are interested in hearing from anyone with experience of working within the sector at any level, and to understand how your experience and reflections might inform City Eye.
While we have identified a need to engage trustees with the above expertise, we are interested in hearing from people who can bring relevant wider abilities and experience to City Eye.
We are committed to fairness, equality and accessibility and we would like our Board of Trustees to be more representative of the diverse communities we work with. No previous experience as a Board Member or Trustee is required and so we encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity with City Eye to get in touch.
Having strong governance at board level is crucial to the successful running of the organisation. City Eye is at a time of growth and change with new opportunities to explore. Joining City Eye as a Trustee will be invaluable to the organisation and the leadership team to help us achieve our vision. In doing so we will be able to support and help our communities in Southampton and the wider region to tell their stories and achieve their filmmaking goals.
We think this opportunity gives a volunteer a real chance to make a big difference to a small organisation.We are a small team working across arts, film and education - the intersection between these sectors and how each can develop the other. As a trustee you'll be critical in deciding the direction and making key strategic decisions for City Eye and our film festival, Southampton Film Week. We are sure that some of our challenges and opportunities will be exciting for someone to be involved with.