Trustees Application Form 2023

The Radio Academy is seeking two new Trustees to join its board.  Expressions of interest are welcome from any member of the Radio Academy that would like to stand for election.

The Trustees are the vital governing body of The Academy, who oversee the strategy and direction of its activity. Trustees serve a three-year term and are expected to play an active role and attend a minimum of six board meetings per year, by video conference or in-person in London. They should bring with them significant experience and understanding of the UK audio sector.

Applicants should then prepare:

    • a 500-word statement specifying why they would like to be a Trustee, and what they feel they would offer as member of the board
    • a CV of no more than two pages
    • a photograph suitable for publication
  • Applications must be submitted using this application form. This form is only visible to logged-in Radio Academy Members.
  • Applications are open from now until 31 December.
  • Shortlisted applicants will go forward to an online election of Radio Academy Members, taking place from 17-30 January.

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Questions Answered, about the Election process

Why are there only two places, when there are five Trustees standing down? In 2021 The Board of Trustees decided to gradually reduce the overall size of the board from 14 people to ten. It made this decision in-line with common practice to make boards more efficient, more accountable, and more manageable. In 2023, three elected Trustees' terms are ending, and two co-opted Trustees are also standing down.  The two new elected Trustees will join the board in February, which will then consider the need for additional co-opted members, based on its make-up.

Why is there a shortlisting process?  A shortlisting process - which assesses each applicant against a set of criteria in a role description - is a very common method when selecting Trustees for a charity, to ensure every candidate has the requisite experience and expertise for the role. The board introduced this process in 2021, as there were concerns that previous years' ballots were unwieldy (sometimes with more than 30 candidates).

Who will be doing the shortlisting?  A sub-committee of the Board of Trustees will be formed, consisting of at least one person from the BBC, from commercial radio, and from independent or grassroots radio. The Managing Director of the Academy will be a non-voting member of the group.