The Arts and Culture Trust (Act) announces open call to select five new board members


The Arts & Culture Trust,  South Africa’s premier independent development and investment organisation is pleased to announce its 2022 national open call for applications and nominations for five key members to join the ACT Board of Trustees. The application process opens on 2 March 2022 and closes on 10 March 2022.  


The Trust is looking to appoint a suitable board member for each of the following portfolios:  Capital Management and growth as well as strategic partnerships; a  Business Strategist to actively oversee the strategy, risk management and identification; experienced individuals in the business space (C-suite management); Chief Financial Officer to manage the overall financial compliance (risk and audit) and financial management of the Trust and lastly, a Marketing Strategist.

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The board positions are volunteer based and required an induction and board contract to be completed.


“Board members are invaluable assets to NGO/NPO organisations, such as the Arts and Culture Trust as  innovation and expertise are key to sustainability and future. We therefore expect that individuals who consider making application are willing to make themselves available to actively contribute to the growth of the organisation.”

says Jessica Denyschen, ACT Interim CEO.

As we continue to grow and build the Trust we need to strengthen our Board with individuals who are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, motivation and passion to support the Trust in its endeavours to empower the arts sector. A number of our current boardmember terms will come to an end and continuity is a priority for the Trust in order to build on strong foundations, new board members will undergo a mentorship period where important organisational history will transferred to incoming board members”


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Each board member is thereby expected to commit to a minimum two year term of responsibility, with a full term totalling three years, by actively participating in board activities. These include  preparing  for board meetings, implementing fudiciary responsibilities, volunteering skills and networks, offering expertise and access to resources, supporting the CEO, being involved (where applicable) in strategic and policy programme decisions, understanding the ACT’s programmes and offerings as well as ACT’s strategy.

In addition, the individual must fit the overall expectations and display certain characteristics and qualities deemed part of their contribution requiring them to be active, responsive, transparent, efficient, accountable, consensus orientated, solution and compliance driven; caring and  loyal in fulfilling their duties. It is also important that all applicants are free of significant conflicts of interest which might not allow the proper execution of their duties of a member of the Board.

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Additional criteria which would enhance the individual’s suitability includes access to networks and professional membershipswillingness to mentor internal and external ACT stakeholders as well as to upskill these stakeholders with transferable skills.

The benefits of being appointed to the ACT Board of Directors includes networking with fellow Board Members and key stakeholders for a common goal; invitations to VIP events; affiliation with a reputable and clean governance organisation; leadership development and board experience.  

The Arts and Culture Trust welcomes applications and nominations of people from around South Africa who believe they can make a purpose driven, sound contribution to the upliftment, development and growth of the arts and culture sector. 

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