Posted 7 months ago

Job Features

LocationKing’s Parade, Cambridge
SalaryThe role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed.
Closing Date9 of April

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About The Academy of Ancient Music

Founded in 1973 by Christopher Hogwood, the accomplished conductor, musicologist and keyboard player, the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) continues to maintain its preeminent position as one of the great period ensembles, thrilling audiences across the world with performances of Baroque and Classical music. The AAM is Associate Ensemble at London’s Barbican Centre, Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Cambridge, and associate orchestra of the Grange Festival. They hold an unrivalled catalogue of more than 300 CDs reaching millions globally with countless accolades, including Brit, Gramophone, Edison and MIDEM awards. With recent appointments of a new CEO and Chairman, they are currently developing a new strategy, which will have at its heart ensuring that the next generation of audiences and performers share their passion for their astonishing cultural heritage of Baroque and Classical music. They see their growing body of education work as being key to their future development, and they anticipate doing much more - such as their recent “Messiah Who?” Project, where young people from inner London developed a new work based on their responses to Handel’s Messiah, which was then performed with the AAM Choir and Orchestra at their most recent performance of the Messiah at the Barbica

The Role

The role of the trustees collectively is to help the AAM achieve its mission: revealing the richness of our baroque and classical heritage to the widest possible audience, ever deepening both their understanding and enjoyment of it. They expect members of the board to be strong advocates for their music and to play an active part in helping raise the money they need each year to continue their work. All existing board members make a financial contribution to the organisation, commensurate with their personal circumstances. The board regularly reviews its skills; and every trustee is appraised by the chair every year.

Person Specification

They seek to identify candidates who bring experience and in-depth knowledge of at least one of the following:

  • Accounting;
  • Music/art management;
  • Education;
  • Fundraising
In addition, candidates should posses:
  • Ability to commit to essential meetings on a regular basis and participate in addition email and conference call discussions as appropriate;
  • Strategic vision and excellent judgement;
  • Multifaceted experience in a professional arena;
  • Experience of making decisions at board level in a complex stakeholder environment;
  • Good communication skills across all levels;
  • Excellent planning and organisational ability;
  • Understanding of governance/acceptance of trustee legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities;
  • Genuine passion and interest in the work of the AAM;
  • A willingness to advocate proactively on behalf of the AAM.
Trustees will also be expected to evidence a willingness to commit to out of hours work, a commitment to support the values and aims of the organisation, and a commitment to working within the policies of Equal Opportunities.



  • Understand the AAM’s purpose as set out in its governing document;
  • Realize the mission of the AAM through policy and planning;
  • Take legal and financial responsibility to safeguard the assets of the charity and to ensure compliance with charitable and statutory requirements;
  • Ensure the sustainability of the AAM;
  • Oversee what the AAM does and what it needs to achieve;
  • Understand how the AAM benefits musicians and the audiences it serves;
  • Actively contribute at board meetings and monitor the implementation and subsequent outcomes of decisions.
  • Appoint and monitor CEO and music director, and support the CEO in the recruitment and retention of senior staff;
  • Contribute to the development of AAM’s long term strategy;
  • Support, encourage and helpfully challenge the staff team;
  • Advocate for the AAM and introduce contacts and supporters, to assist in the fund-raising process;
  • Support the work of the orchestra, especially by attending our concerts and other events.
Financial Management
  • Maintain sound financial management of the AAM’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with the organisation’s objects and investment activities meet accepted standards and policies;
  • Ensure that the AAM’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes;
  • Evaluate risks to the AAM’s assets or reputation;
  • Comply with any restrictions on the spending of funds;
  • Monitor and assess the AAM’s results in relation to the agreed strategy, budget and implementation plan.
The board regularly reviews its skills; and every trustee is appraised by the chair every year. Trustees also contribute to the chair’s appraisal which is conducted by the Vice Chair or Chair of the Nominations Committee The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. Trustees will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.


Interested in this role? Download the appointment brief below. Click the apply button and follow the instructions. Please forward a copy of your CV, together with a supporting statement and a list of non-executive directorships and trustee posts that you currently hold.

Lead Consultant
Philip Nelson
Managing Director – UK