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The Craft & Design Collective Seeks New Board Members

11 October 2016

The Craft & Design Collective is currently in the process of becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee and is seeking charitable status. Successful applicants will become the first directors of the new company.

The Craft & Design Collective was formed in 1997 and has had great successes over the past 20 years.  We have taken time over the past 2 years to complete a thorough review of our organisation.  We have consulted our members and stakeholders to obtain their views on opportunities for our organisation to change and develop.  By restructuring our organisation we believe that our impact will push the boundaries and deliver increased value to our members, the sector and the wider public.

We have recently received support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to develop a ‘Centre for Craft, Applied Art and Design’ or ‘Craft Hub’ for Northern Ireland in Belfast.

If you are interested in this exciting new development and would like to play a part in making it happen then this could be the opportunity for you.

About the Craft & Design Collective


The Craft & Design Collective is an independent not-for-profit craft development organisation dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of excellent Craft, Applied Art and Design in Northern Ireland and beyond.


The Craft & Design Collective seeks to provide a world-class centre and resource, dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of excellent Craft, Applied Art and Design – A ‘Craft Hub’ for Northern Ireland – that will benefit the region, its Artist/Designer/Makers, communities and economy.

Why Craft is Important

Craft, Applied Art and Design makes an enduring contribution to the cultural, economic and social regeneration and tourism infrastructure of any country.

Craft is about making things.  It is an intellectual and physical activity where the maker explores the infinite possibilities of materials and processes to produce unique objects.

What does the Craft & Design Collective do?

      The Craft & Design Collective has a Shop, Gallery and Exhibition Area (Space CRAFT);

      The Craft & Design Collective has a website www.craftanddesigncollective.com that enables members to have individual listings;

      The Craft & Design Collective organises events to facilitate sales, networking, social contact and the sharing of information, experiences, knowledge and resources amongst the Membership and others;

      The Craft & Design Collective makes representations and lobbies on behalf of Artist/Designer/Makers;

      The Craft & Design Collective co-operates with statutory bodies, local authorities, private and voluntary organisations whose objectives compliment those of the Craft & Design Collective.

Visit our website for more information about us, our members and the events that we organise.


Role Description

1. Objective of the Role

The Role of the Board of the Craft & Design Collective is to provide a high standard of corporate governance to ensure that the affairs of the company are conducted in accordance with all relevant laws and comply with the requirements of the funders of the organisation.

The Board work closely with the Co-ordinator and Staff to ensure that the organisation fulfils its remit to the best of its ability and resources and for the benefit of the Craft, Applied Art and Design Sector in Northern Ireland.

The Board is also required to monitor the Craft & Design Collective’s performance against its agreed objectives and to act as advocates and advisors for its work.

2.  Terms and Conditions


There is no salary and the post is voluntary in nature.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on a quarterly basis.

Board members must be willing and able to attend meetings/events outside normal office hours.

Board members must be willing and able to attend Sub-Committees as required.

Office Location

The meetings are held in the organisation’s office in Belfast City Centre.


There are no expenses to attend Board Meetings.

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have evidenced experience in at least one of the following areas:

         Audit and Risk Assessment;

         Business Development;

         Education and/or Outreach;

         Financial and Resource Management;

         Human Resources;


         Marketing and/or PR and Communications;

         Revenue Generation and/or Fundraising.

Previous board or management experience is essential along with a successful record of achievement, whether in commercial, voluntary/not-for-profit or public sector environments.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for working within the voluntary/not-for-profit arts sector and an interest in/understanding of the Craft, applied Art and Design Sector.

The Craft & Design Collective aims to promote equality and diversity and encourages application from board membership from all communities.

How to Apply

Please either email a ‘Letter of Interest’ addressed to Chair, Craft & Design Collective and your up-to-date CV to jan@craftanddesigncollective.com or post to Chair, Craft & Design Collective, Space CRAFT, Unit A7 Fountain Centre, College Street, Belfast, BT1 6ET.


The deadline is Monday 31 October 2016

The ‘Letter of Interest’ should detail:

1. Your area/s of expertise;

2. What you feel you would contribute to the Craft & Design Collective;

3. Why you would like to be involved.

If you have any queries, please contact the Craft & Design Collective’s Co-ordinator, Jan Irwin.

jan@craftanddesigncollective.com  Tel +44 (0)28 9032 9342

N.B. The Craft & Design Collective aims to conclude the process and appoint Board Members by Monday 14 November 2016.