Culture Central – Board and Chair/Co-Chair opportunities

Culture Central is changing and we need you.

We are seeking a number of new board members, including a Chair/Co-Chair to help us realise this change.

What is Culture Central?

Culture Central is the collective voice of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands. We have three main aims: to ensure the viability, visibility and evolution of the cultural sector across the West Midlands, through collaboration, connection, and action. Our work focuses on advocacy, communication, equity, strategy and support.

Our Plan For The Future

Culture Central will continue to have a regional focus, acting for the benefit of the entire West Midlands arts sector. We will advocate and lobby for support, funding and investment with partners and stakeholders; identify key collaborators; and share and disseminate information. We will ensure Culture is high on the agenda across regional decision making, and celebrate the breadth, diversity and quality of the sector in the region. We will shout loudly and with a clear narrative, about our value and stories – to audiences, communities and decision-makers, locally, nationally and internationally.

We are currently developing a three-year business plan, membership recruitment strategy and funding drive to support the work.  The Chair(s) and board will play a crucial role in shaping and supporting this work.

We want our board to share the principles and values of the organisation, which include:

  • Collective Voice: for the whole West Midlands Cultural Sector: Speaking with and for all scale of organisations, commercial and subsidised and individuals and freelancers who work in the sector, across all forms of culture, most specifically Arts, Culture and Heritage.
  • Inclusivity: everyone is invited and welcomed, with positive action to ensure representation, equity and access.
  • Transparency: We will be open with our communication and information, and listen carefully and thoughtfully to all voices.
  • Authenticity: Genuinely here to support and development of the sector and all activity is for this purpose.
  • Collaboration: We will facilitate, convene and promote genuine partnerships and collaborations across the sector and region, including collaboration with other sectors, for the benefit of the sector.
  • Represent: West Midlands in the widest sense, from rural, towns, cities and urban centres. (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire).
  • Enabler: Supporter and enabler, but not a producer of artistic work


You can find more about what we have been up to since March 2020 by exploring our website (we are aware the vision, website and language need a bit of an update).

Read the full role descriptions here>

These are unpaid roles, however, to ensure we have freelance representation, we will cover time costs for one freelance board member, for two days every quarter at a rate of £250 per day. Please state that you are applying as a freelancer to be considered.

Our commitment to positive action:

  • We want our board to be truly representative of the West Midlands, with representatives from across the region.
  • We want to have 50% of our board from a culturally diverse background (including but not limited to Black, Asian, Afro-Latinx and people of mixed heritage).
  • We will interview all those who express an interest who identify as (d)Deaf/Disabled.
  • We also want to ensure our board is as balanced as possible in terms of gender, class, age, sexual orientation.
  • We will take this balance into account when making the appointment decisions.

Drop-In Briefing Session

We will be holding a drop-in briefing session on 26th January between 4pm and 6pm, where you will get to chat to existing board members and Director Erica Love. This will be held on Zoom and we can arrange a BSL interpreter or other access requirements, please email to let us know if you would like to attend and if you have any access requirements, ideally before 24th January.

Application Process:

To express your interest in the role, please send us an expression of interest, of no more than two pages, or by film or audio of no more than 5 minutes, by 5pm on 4th February 2020.  

Make sure you include:

  •  Where you are from and the work you do, if you work in the cultural sector or somewhere else.
  • What you think you would bring to the organisation and how your skills could support the board and team in achieving its vision.
  • Why you would like to have this role and the principles that matter most to you.

Please send your expression of interest to by 4th February 2021, along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

We will then have a series of interview sessions, through early February, which will be relatively informal.

If you require any access support in order to apply, please email or call 0121 285 6466.

For an informal chat please also drop us an email.