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Tuesday, March 1, 2022


Applications close on March 10, 2022.

The Arts & 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 March 2, 2022, and closes on March 10, 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. The board positions are volunteer based and require 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 board member 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 be transferred to incoming board members”

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 judiciary 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.

Additional criteria which would enhance the individual’s suitability includes access to networks and professional memberships, willingness 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 include 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.

Apply today

How to apply: email with:

- A one-page motivation on how you see yourself bringing value to ACT and the arts and culture sector. Your most recent CV with three references or more. Outcomes will be made public in mid-April, 2022.


(To link direct to the Arts & Culture Trust’s site, click on the ACT logo to the right of this article or visit