Liverpool Arab Arts Festival Seeks New Trustees

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) is seeking to recruit three trustees to join the board, which currently has seven members including a Chair and Vice Chair.

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is a registered charity delivering arts and community programmes that bring diverse cultures together, increasing appreciation and awareness of Arab culture and arts at a local, national and international level. A year-round programme of events and community projects is built around the focal point for the year – LAAF’s annual summer festival, which is the UK’s longest running and biggest annual celebration of Arab arts and culture.

Responding to demand, LAAF has developed a year round presence, programming out of festival events and delivering cultural arts programmes increasing participation of those least engaged with Arts. The charity has recently secured several additional projects to its core annual festival and it is looking for forward-thinking board members to drive the next stage of development.

LAAF needs three additional board members:

  • Artistic Advisor
  • Fundraiser
  • Treasurer

These three trustees will work with the rest of the board, and executive team, to set vision and strategy for the charity. They will provide governance oversight of the strategy, ensuring the charity’s resources are expended in an inclusive, efficient manner in furtherance of the charity’s aims and objectives.

Artistic Advisor

The trustee responsible for artistic and cultural matters will lead on:

  • Liaising closely with the PR and marketing officer and the Head of Team about previous programme and contribute to strategic development of the future artitsic programme
  • Reviewing some electronic artistic programmes such as dance, songs, films, and other performances
  • Supporting development of LAAF’s Creative Case for Diversity
  • Liaising with marketing to support the development of new audiences
  • Recommending board members and the Head of Team of any potential artists and events of good quality and in demand by LAAF’s audience for the next festival


The treasurer usually takes the lead at board level on:

  • Making sure the charity keeps proper accounts
  • Reviewing the charity’s financial performance
  • Advising LAAF on legal/mandatory requirements and informing change as required.
  • Drawing up or reviewing policies for finance and investment
  • Ensuring that the charity has robust and effective financial controls in place
  • Liaising with finance staff and with the charity’s independent auditor
  • Reporting on financial matters to the board members

Fundraising & Sponsorship

The trustee responsible for fund raising and sponsorship will lead on:

  • Liaising closely with the treasurer and the Head of Team about funding and sponsorship annual target
  • Guiding LAAF on maximizing diverse income streams.
  • Drawing expertise from similar charity organisations about their funding and sponsorship target
  • Liaising with marketing about reaching to new potential funders and sponsors
  • Advising board members and the Head of Team of any potential risks for accepting funding with conditions counter to LAAF’s constitutional objectives

Candidates must: be committed to the values of the charity; be fair but tactful communicators; have the confidence to set and achieve high level goals; and be able to exercise fairness and good judgement. A mix of skills and experience is needed to complement the current board members.

Board members are unremunerated although out of pocket expenses will be paid by the charity. LAAF also invests in the personal development of board members ensuring their skills base increases according to the changing demands of the role.

All appointments are subject to satisfactory references.

For an application pack, visit the website.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, phone 0151 702 7765 and ask for Taher or Mustapha, the Chair and Vice Chair.

LAAF welcomes diversity and hopes to get applications from all sections of the community. Applications are encouraged from groups which reflect LAAF’s festival audience, Arabs, white British, white others, BAME groups, deaf, disabled, and LGBT.

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