Who are we? Music Therapy Works (MTW) is an independent charity based in the West Midlands. Our mission is to deliver comprehensive music therapy services for individuals, groups and communities in a wide range of circumstances. How can new Trustees help Music Therapy Works to further our mission? We have recently appointed a new Chief Executive, Doug Bott, to develop a new strategic plan that will expand our provision of music therapy throughout the Heart of England region.

Could you be a Trustee?
Are you based in the West or East Midlands and looking for an opportunity to create positive social change, meet new people and learn new things? MTW is looking for three to four committed, motivated people to join the Board as Trustees, enabling even more people to benefit from music therapy.
Each Trustee must:
• Be able to make careful, strategic decisions based on the information they are given
• Have a willingness to speak their mind and provide constructive challenge when needed
• Work well in a varied team of people
• Be willing to spend the time and effort needed to fulfil the role of Trustee (details below)
• Understand and accept the legal responsibilities of being a Trustee (more information can be found here.)
We are looking, in particular, for one or more of the following skills / experience to complement our existing Trustees:
• Fundraising
• Marketing and communications
• Digital
• ICT strategy management skills
• Safeguarding
• Project or operational management
• Performance management
• Strategic planning
We also want our Board to reflect the diverse community that MTW supports. We would particularly like to hear from you if you:
• have a background in social care and/or safeguarding
• have a background in music therapy or a related field
• reflect MTW’s beneficiaries. For example: are you a disabled person? Do you have mental health needs? Are you a parent or teacher of a young disabled person, or a young person with mental health needs? Are you part of an
adoptive family or do you work with children in care? Are you a carer for a person with dementia?

Whether you’re an experienced Trustee or wanting to take up your first position
at board level, we really want to hear from you! It is not necessary for you to
have previous experience as a Trustee - training will be provided. We welcome
applications from all backgrounds, but you must be over 18 years old.

What is the time commitment?
• There are four Board meetings a year for two hours each, which all Trustees are expected to attend, having read all papers in advance. Board meetings are generally held on Monday evenings. Most meetings take place online, though we aim to meet in person at least once a year.
• We aim to hold an away-day with the whole MTW team once a year.
• Our Trustees are all part of a mentoring/buddying scheme with the MTW team, providing an opportunity to connect with the MTW workforce.
• We ask for your willingness to liaise with the management team if your particular advice or expertise is required for a specific task and also to undertake ad hoc sub-committee work, advising on particular issues.
• Each Trustee has the opportunity for one reflection and feedback session annually.
• The total time spent is equivalent to around 30 hours per year.
• Trustees are asked to serve for a minimum of three years, with a maximum term of nine years.
• Board meetings for the remainder of 2024 are: 1) September 30th, 7:00 -9:00, online; 2) December 2nd, exact time & location TBC.

What do you get out of being an MTW Trustee?
We recognise that volunteering with us is a two-way process and are keen to ensure you get the most out of your time with us:
• Being a Trustee is a great way to ‘give something back’ while developing your skills in leadership, influencing, debating, negotiating, strategic and organisational planning. You will have the opportunity to meet, network and
learn from people who may have very different professional backgrounds and life experiences to your own.
• We provide an induction pack for new Trustees to help you quickly feel settled in
• We provide opportunities for training and development
• Every new trustee is assigned a Board buddy to help them to feel part of the team
• We offer reasonable expenses

Accessibility
We’re always open to new ideas and ways to make our Board as accessible as
possible. Please let us know how we can best meet your access requirements.

Interested? What to do next
1. For further details about being an MTW trustee, please read the candidate pack on our website.
2. For further details about MTW’s work, please see our website: www.musictherapyworks.co.uk 
3. If you would like to request a conversation to find out more, please email: [email protected]. We will be happy to discuss any queries you may have about the role or the recruitment process generally.
4. If you want to apply, please complete the application form on our website at https://www.musictherapyworks.co.uk/jobs and attach a copy of your CV.
Alternatively, you can download a copy of the application form as a Microsoft Word document from https://www.musictherapyworks.co.uk/jobs 
and send it with a copy of your CV to [email protected] 
5. If you require any materials in an alternative format, please do not hesitate to ask.
6. The closing date for applications is Sunday 11th August
7. Interviews will be held in person in Worcester on 5th & 6th September with an online option if absolutely necessary.
8. Successful applicants will be asked for details of two referees and required to complete a declaration that they are not disqualified from acting as trustees.
We really look forward to hearing from you!