We need Trustees...

We’re looking for Trustees.

A bit about us:

Everyone’s a maker. We’re creating a network of makerspaces for everyone to explore the world through play during drop-in activities, workshops and camps. Joining us means you’ll be encouraged to play and experiment with new ways of educating and doing business. After all, we’re championing learning through doing.

Trustees are responsible for governing and deciding the strategic direction of Bright Box Makerspace. We need people excited about inclusion in arts, technology, engineering and play who can bring complementary skills to our board to help grow a sustainable, high impact organisation.

Trustees act in the best interests of Bright Box Makerspace and support us in using our resources responsibly. Our trustees ensure that we stay accountable to each other, our funders and the communities we serve. 

You’ll work with the Board of Trustees and Managing Director to understand and guide the organisation to create social impact that is fully embedded within all revenue streams, provide relevant and meaningful products and services, and develop a supported network of partnerships.

What makes this role unique?

This is an opportunity for someone who enjoys a fast-moving organisation with a focus on high-quality social impact. You don’t need to be an expert in children, education, arts, technology or engineering - we just ask that you are passionate about equal opportunity and are open to change.

Our programmes are supported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UnLtd, the Big Lottery Fund and British Science Week to further access to learning through play. To date, we’ve worked with 7,000+ children and have won awards from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Soup, Sheffield Business Awards and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Our key priority is promoting play followed by promoting future social inclusion and creativity in innovation. This is an opportunity to contribute to and build upon our community programmes.

A bit about us:

At Bright Box Makerspace we create sneaky learning opportunities for everyone, young and old, to learn creative problem-solving. We do this by creating playful spaces for exploring technology, engineering and arts with the help of role models.

Who you are: 

We are looking for trustees who see value in our vision and share our values.

Overall purpose of the role:

The Board of Trustees contributes to Bright Box’s direction, providing a firm and objective strategy for goals, targets, policy and performance. Trustees ensure we achieve Bright Box’s mission of creating sneaky learning opportunities for everyone, young and old, to learn creative problem-solving.

Benefits of Being a Trustee: 

  • You get to use your skills to benefit your local community and young people.

  • You can see the inside operations of a Social Enterprise in action, and expand your knowledge of governance in Social Enterprises.

  • We love cake!

Specific Roles

  • The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance

  • To set the strategic direction of Bright Box, developing our aims, objectives and goals.

    • The board of trustees meets four times a year. 

    • The purpose of these meetings is to agree to the plans and goals and oversee progress

    • The board of trustees ensures activities and work actively support our mission, vision and values. 

  • To ensure safe financial practice within Bright Box, approving large sum spending and monitoring the progress of funding pots. 

What will this role involve?

  • Provide strategic guidance

  • Provide guidance and advice to our managing director 

  • Contribute to policy development

  • Ensure the organisation complies with legal regulations

  • Monitor finances

  • Understand and communicate Bright Box Makerspace priorities to key stakeholders

  • Play and try new things!

How to apply:

Send your CV with relevant experience and covering letter with why you want to join us to Kisha at kisha@brightboxmakerspace.com

You can contact Kisha directly if you have any questions. We’re excited to hear from you.

Here’s a PDF of the Trustee role you can download.