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The Higgins Board

The Higgins Board is a new oversight and advisory group that has been created to support The Higgins Bedford in delivering against a more ambitious strategy and improving its ability to generate income and raise funds. The role of the Higgins Board is to:

  • Advise the Council on the strategic direction and operation of The Higgins Bedford
  • Help develop an effective fundraising strategy
  • Fulfil the role of oversight group in relation to the National Portfolio Funding Agreement with Arts Council England.


Chair of The Higgins Board


Voluntary / Unremunerated


Closing date 19 June 2024


Download the recruitment pack


We are looking for someone with the right mix of experience, skills and enthusiasm to chair the Higgins Board and help maximise the impact of The Higgins Bedford for local residents and visitors to the Borough. The oversight and advisory group is new and the Chair will pay a key role in helping to set the agenda for its development and in recruitment to the wider membership.


We are looking for a Chair who:

  • Has leadership experience at a senior level, preferably with some variety in settings, with a passion for promoting a more representative, forward-looking approach.
  • Is good at chairing meetings and managing discussions to reach rounded decisions.
  • Is able to build relationships between people and engage with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Can think strategically and link aims and objectives to deliverable action planning.
  • Has an interest in, and commitment to, the arts and culture.


We want the membership of the Higgins Board to reflect the skills that will help us to deliver our strategy and the diversity of Bedford’s communities.


We expect that the time commitment will be around two days per month.


If you are interested in applying, please read the recruitment pack and contact Tom Perrett, Manager for Culture & Heritage, by telephone on 01234 276313 or at first for an informal discussion.


Following this discussion, if you wish to apply, please send a CV and short covering letter outlining why you are interested in, and how you meet the requirements of, the role to