Council seeks applications for Cheltenham Leisure and Culture Trust board
IF YOU are a leisure lover who has a passion for Cheltenham's "crown jewels" this could be the job for you.
The borough council is in the process of setting up a leisure and culture trust which will become responsible for running the likes of the Town Hall, Leisure@ and The Wilson art gallery and museum.
And now the authority wants to take the next step by inviting people to apply to sit on the board of trustees.
Eleven people are needed to fill the board and two of them will be borough councillors.
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The council is looking for people who are "highly talented" and "strategically minded" to apply for the roles which will help shape and drive the trust.
Councillor Rowena Hay (LD, Oakley), cabinet member for sport and culture, said the trust needs people with passion.
"To have reached this stage is very exciting. The trust will be up and running during 2014.
"We are now looking for people to come forward who have a passion for Cheltenham and a passion for culture and leisure, and who have the experience and skills to undertake a demanding but also hugely rewarding job as a member of a board of a new charitable trust for Cheltenham.
"We want a board of trustees that will work in collaboration and collectively to strengthen further Cheltenham's reputation as a national and international cultural destination."
The council will keep ownership of all of the buildings due to be run by the trust and, should the venture fail, they will be in a position to step in.
The aim of creating the trust is to not only develop art, heritage, learning and sport in the town, but also to make the leisure and culture offering in the town more financially sound.
At the moment the council pays a subsidy to the services of almost £3 million a year and it is hoping the trust will help reduce that to £700,000 by 2017/18. Pat Pratley, executive director, said: "It is important to point out that the trust will be completely independent of the council."
If you are interested in becoming a trustee, log on to: cheltenham.gov.uk/jobs
If you would like to receive a trustee recruitment pack, send an email to email@example.com or call Alison Kingsbury on 01242 774401.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, October 27.