Be A Trustee

The person specification, some FAQs about being a trustee and the application form link are below this press release.

The UniBrass Foundation is recruiting for an individual to fill a spot as a trustee on its board of charity trustees.

In 2014, against the backdrop of ever increasing participation in the annual UniBrass contest, a decision was made to form a new registered charity. That charity, the UniBrass Foundation, was established to ensure the continuing stability of the UniBrass contest (now in its 9th year), and to support brass banding at university level. The UniBrass Foundation is now looking for a new trustee, and it could be you!

What does the charity do?

The UniBrass Foundation engages with the brass community in a variety of ways.  Our biggest commitment is supporting the UniBrass contest organising committee, but recently we have also hosted other events, such as this year’s UniBrass in the Park. We also help out at other brass contests throughout the year, which have previously included the National Championships and Youth Championships. The charity aims to support and promote university bands in all that they do, as well as engaging the wider public in university brass bands of all levels. We hope that by pursuing these objectives we will get more younger players involved in brass bands than ever before. To facilitate this, the charity is currently in the process of expanding the work it does through a range of new projects and partnerships.

How does the trustee board work?

The trustee board is primarily made up of ex-members of the contest organising committee, but with a vacancy on its trustee board the decision has been taken to also recruit externally. Chair of the Board of Trustees, Andy Straiton, commented, “We know there are lots of people in the brass banding community keen to support the work UniBrass does, and lots of people will be able to offer a range of skills that can help continue the success achieved so far by UniBrass. If you are at all interested, please have a chat to one of the current trustees!”

How can you apply?

Applications are now open, but not just to students and alumni! Everyone is encouraged to consider applying if they’re keen to continue supporting the ever-growing student brass band community. Being a trustee offers an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of university brass banding. In particular, the Foundation is keen to hear from people with commercial experience, ideally within the arts sector. Whether the experience is in  securing corporate sponsorship, successfully applying for grants or simply being involved in professional music making, if you have that experience the Foundation want to hear from you.

To apply please complete this google form and submit a CV highlighting any relevant experience to The deadline for applications is the 19th October

Being a Trustee FAQs

What does being a trustee mean?

As a trustee you have legal responsibility for ensuring the charity meets its charitable aims as outlined in the constitution. This involves attending meetings of the trustee board and running projects to support university banding. Other duties required of trustees will depend what responsibilities you take on as a trustee, the role will evolve around the successful applicant to work to their strengths.

Does this involve running the UniBrass contest?

No – a separate organising committee run the contest. The Foundation oversee the work this committee does as well as running other projects. However, it is expected that you’ll volunteer to help out at the contest each year.

What is the legal responsibility of a trustee?

As a trustee you take a share of the legal responsibility for the decisions the charity makes. There is lots of guidance available, and we make sure that all trustees understand the legal ramifications before we take a decision. If you want to find out more, we have found the following guide really useful:

What is the time commitment of being a trustee?

Typically we have four full day face to face meetings a year, along with online meetings approximately once a month. You should be able to attend most of these (especially the face to face meetings) and then put in some extra work on top of this (approx 1-2 hours per week). We understand your time commitments vary and we therefore all work together to ensure that if you’re busy for a while other people will help out with any tasks you have.

Will I be paid for being a trustee?

No – it is a voluntary position, however you will be reimbursed for expenses occurred whilst carrying out your duties as a trustee.

Can anyone be a trustee?

No. Whilst most people are eligible, there are some people who are not, for example if they have serious criminal convictions or have been disqualified from being a company director. See the charity commission website for more details

What is the appointment process?

To apply, complete and submit this google form application, and email a CV detailing any relevant experience to The deadline for applications is Friday 19th October 2018. After this all applications will be reviewed by a panel of UniBrass Foundation trustees. Suitable candidates will be invited to a short face to face interview with a panel of trustees during November (provisionally scheduled for the 3rd/4th November). Following this the successful candidate will be offered a trusteeship and confirmed by a vote of the current trustees at the next meeting (scheduled for the end of November).

Any further question please contact

What are we looking for?

The current trustees have drawn up the following person specification for a new trustee.


The successful candidate is likely to meet almost all of the following criteria

  • Can demonstrate an active participation in the brass banding community that goes above and beyond simply playing a brass instrument
  • Can demonstrate clear support of the Foundation’s charitable aims
  • Can dedicate a reasonable amount of time to the role
  • Proficient in use of IT software (Google suite)


The successful candidate is likely to have experience in one or more of the following

  • Working in commercial music
  • Marketing music events/organisations
  • Success in grant applications (ideally for arts causes)
  • Securing commercial sponsorship