The Heart of East Anglia Partnership

The Heart of East Anglia is looking for a Chair to lead a new Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) in West Suffolk and make a difference to the lives of local children and young people.

Are you passionate about improving life-opportunities for children and young people in your area? Do you have a strong interest in arts and culture and believe in the positive impact they can have on people’s lives?

The Heart of East Anglia LCEP is a group of individuals from organisations representing a variety of arts, cultural and education sectors. The LCEP aims to work together to better connect and enrich cultural education for local children and young people. It will support Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Thetford and Sudbury and their surrounding villages and hamlets.

We want every child and young person to be able to identify, access and take part in a rich and meaningful creative and cultural life. The group is looking for an independent, strong and committed leader to enable them to fulfil this vision and make a positive change for future generations.

This is a voluntary role and would require chairing a minimum of six meetings a year and participating in occasional network or training events. Some administrative support will be provided through the partnership. You will take a leading role in the planning and delivery of LCEP meetings, working with the Steering Group to put together the agenda.

At LCEP meetings, you will ensure business is dealt with and decisions are made, clearly assigned and monitored. It is envisioned this would be a 3-year term, subject to annual review. The role would be well-suited to someone with experience in a senior management and leadership positions who understands the importance and impact of partnership working.

Our ideal Chair would be:

  • well connected locally with a commitment and drive to improving the lives of local residents
  • experienced in leading a committee to fulfill its purpose
  • experienced in working with children and young people and/or the arts and cultural sector
  • knowledgeable of the boarder strategic context of the area this LCEP serves, including opportunities and challenges
  • an excellent communicator who can manage relationships with a range of different stakeholders
  • experienced in fundraising and over-seeing campaigns
  • tactful, diplomatic and with good influencing skills
  • a great facilitator and time-manager

To express an interest, please send us your CV and a covering letter outlining the skills and experience you have in relation to the above bullet-points to Rachel Macfarlane at . The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is midnight on Sunday 30 September 2018.  If you fit the bill, you’ll be invited to a meeting with representatives from the Steering Group during the week beginning Monday 15 October 2018.