Chair Profile

Role Description

The trustees of Help Musicians wish to appoint a Chair to lead the charity from April 2022, when Graham Sheffield CBE, who has chaired the organisation since 2014, is due to step down.

Applications are encouraged from all sections of the community to ensure that the Chair and Board are representative of the diverse profession they seek to serve in the UK.

Role of Chair


The Chair is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Board of Trustees, taking ownership and responsibility for developing strategy with the trustees, CEO and executive leadership.

The Chair provides the Board with direction and purpose, acts as a channel of communication between board and the staff team, and promotes good governance.

This involves chairing up to four board meetings each year, an annual senior management/trustee awayday, attending quarterly Finance and Audit Committee meetings, and the charity’s other advisory boards as required, including its Nominations Committee and chairing its annual Remuneration Committee discussion.

The Chair leads, and liaises as necessary with, the Trustees. The Chair manages the performance of the CEO. A regular and positive relationship with the CEO is absolutely vital.


A broad interest in/experience of/appreciation of the importance of the music profession to the creative life of the UK is essential.

Strong skills in strategic development, leadership, influencing, advocacy, and communication are expected.

Knowledge of, and recognition within, at least one sector of the music profession should be demonstrated.

The Chair will play a key role in developing the charity’s strategy with trustees and the CEO for the next decade, following the charity’s centenary in 2021 and the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The Chair is required to support the charity’s fundraising operation through attendance and participation at selected events. Demonstrable experience of fundraising would be an advantage, given the charity’s historic reliance on legacies and investment income for its funding.


Oversight of governance issues with the Governance Officer is expected, including monitoring of the Board’s balance, its range of skills, its terms, renewals, and performance.


Experience in public speaking, panel debate, and media interviews is highly desirable.

The Chair will play a key role (with the President, the CEO and other members of the Executive team) in advocacy for the charity, appearing and speaking at key events as required.

The Chair’s network within the music profession will be a vital asset in supporting the CEO and Executive team as well as meeting the charity’s objectives.


A commitment to increasing diversity at all levels within the charity will be expected.

Time Commitment

About 2 days a month on average. Expenses are payable.