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Trustees sought for St George's Guildhall CIO

Now hiring

Published: Monday, 17th April 2023

People passionate about theatre, the arts, culture and heritage are being sought for St George's Guildhall and Creative Hub.

These trustees will be part of the soon-to-established charitable incorporated organisation that will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the venue.

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk in partnership with Norfolk Museums Service and in collaboration with The National Trust, is working to conserve and regenerate St George’s Guildhall and Creative Hub in King’s Lynn.

A specially formed Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), led by an independent board of trustees, will be responsible for operating the site as a heritage visitor attraction.

The charitable Objects of the CIO are the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science and to advance the education of the public in, although not limited to, the performing and visual arts, the built heritage, creativity and entrepreneurialism throughout the United Kingdom.

Three initial trustees have applied to the Charity Commission to register the CIO:

  • Dr Robert Anderson – previously Director of the British Museum
  • Mr Peter Wilson – previously Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Norwich
  • Mr Nick Dodds – cultural venues specialist and advisor.

The partnership is hoping to recruit four further trustees by the end of June this year. These trustees will be unremunerated volunteers.

Tim Fitzhigham, Creative Director for St George's Guildhall and Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Cultural Office, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone passionate abut the arts and excited about the prospect of setting up and contributing to a new charity.

"We are looking for people who can think strategically and demonstrate some business acumen, along with good communication and networking skills. Accounting or legal knowledge would be beneficial as would experience working in marketing, fundraising or not-for-profit enterprises. Ultimately, we are looking for people who are willing to commit the time and are invested in making this project a success."

The trustees will be ultimately responsible for the governance of the CIO, St George's Guildhall and Creative Hub, King’s Lynn and adherence to its charitable Objects, ensuring that the charity is well-run and efficient. They will engage and oversee a professional management team who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the centre. Initially however, they will need to be directly involved in the establishment and development of the CIO until the chief executive is appointed.

For an informal discussion regarding this opportunity, contact Alison Dudeney. More information is available at

The closing date for applications is 5 June 2023, with interviews set to take place during June.

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