DCA Chair

Organisation: Dundee Contemporary Arts

Salary: Voluntary - not remunerated

Location: Dundee

DCA is seeking a new Chair of Trustees, to succeed Jacquie Roberts who steps down after a successful and impactful tenure as Chair. Jacquie, together with Director Beth Bate has led the organisation through very challenging times since 2019.

As DCA celebrates its 25th birthday in March 2024, we are looking for someone who can lead our dynamic and much-loved organisation through its next phase, help drive our strategic direction and enable us to achieve our vision: to enrich people’s lives through art, culture, and creativity.

DCA is an internationally renowned centre for contemporary arts that enables audiences, artists, and participants to see, experience and create through four programme areas: exhibitions, cinema, print and learning. If you would like to help lead DCA to thrive, develop and be an organisation that is inclusive, fair and equitable, then we want to hear from you.

As Chair you will be responsible for providing leadership to the Board, giving governance guidance and support, along with our Vice Chair and the Board of Trustees, ensuring we are working to our vision and mission, and upholding our values of being bold, open, meaningful, magical and caring.

You will be completely committed to DCA and our purpose, able to promote and advocate for our work, to give advice and to be prepared to make strong and constructive recommendations. You will be able to give the necessary time to being an effective Chair, including attending and chairing quarterly Board meetings, participating in sub-committees, and attending major events, such as exhibition previews and film festival launches.

We believe diversity and different viewpoints are key to a successful organisation and we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds and industries. A strong understanding of equity, inclusion, anti-racism and anti-ableism is key to this role.

The Chair is appointed for an initial term of 4 years, with a maximum term of 8 years. The time commitment required is typically 2 to 3 days per month. Board meetings are held quarterly.

The Chair is a voluntary position and is not remunerated. We reimburse expenses incurred in travelling to attend Board meetings, for any access needs and/or childcare, or care of other dependants, while attending meetings. Our meetings are hybrid with Trustees joining in-person and online and we will continue virtual means of joining meetings.

We are committed to making our opportunities accessible to all and want to support those facing barriers to applying or becoming Chair. If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role and any access requirements – please contact People Manager, Faith McDonald: We will also work with the appointed Chair on an access rider document in order to outline and address any access requirements as necessary.