Reel Access seeks new board members

Reel Access is recruiting up to 4 new trustees to join the board of our dynamic creative media company and support our exciting work by adding new perspectives and knowledge to our vision. If you are interested, we would like to hear from you by Thursday 10 May 2018.

About Us

Reel Access is a Birmingham based creative media company specialising in participatory arts practice with children, young people and vulnerable adults. We aim to inspire change through sound and vision and we deliver digital film, animation, photography and mixed media projects and programmes of work. Established in 2006 Reel Access is in a period of change and development and this is the perfect time to help shape the future of the organisation. We are keen to hear from people who would like to support the growth of the organisation by becoming members of our small but perfectly formed voluntary board.

Reel Access exists:

  • To contribute to social change through creative projects
  • To facilitate people’s creativity and support people to produce, broadcast and distribute material that’s important to them, enabling them to tell their own stories
  • To deliver a wide variety of collaborative audiovisual and combined arts projects in a digital world
  • To nurture and sustain a film forum (Young Filmmakers Club) for young people to meet regularly and express their ideas creatively, experiment with sound and vision and act as a youth board to inform the direction of the charity.

Management and Governance

We have a small staff team of 2, plus a freelance bookkeeper. The team is Laura Breakwell; Founder and Executive Director and Keith Bloomfield, Creative Producer. Reel Access is a company limited by guarantee.

The Board is led by our Chair, Bryan Foster and currently has four Directors, due to a recent resignation. They play an essential role in supporting the organisation’s aims by offering their time and expertise to strengthen and support the company’s development and ensure it is fulfilling its requirements under law as well as championing the work of the company to its stakeholders and widening its connections.

Vacancy Description

We are seeking trustees with skills and connections in the following areas:

  • Financial expertise
  • Legal and HR expertise
  • Education
  • Cultural and/or Heritage Sector
  • Marketing, audience development and public relations

All trustees will be expected to: • Scrutinise and monitor financial information • Support fundraising strategies • Advocate on behalf of the company • Assess priorities for action planning • Have knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors • Comply with the legal requirements of Companies House and all relevant legislation • Work to avoid conflicts of interests and declare interests • Monitor Reel Access in delivering its mission, aims and objectives • Evaluate the performance of the organisation, and the performance of the board itself

Trustees will be involved in: • Feeding into the business planning process and policy development to ensure Reel Access is operating strategically • Ensuring the financial position of Reel Access is closely monitored and prudently managed • Building, strengthening and maintaining relationships with funders, donors, partners and participants • Supporting Reel Access to find new sources of income and feeding into the development of our fundraising strategy • Regular attendance and contributions to our board meetings and our annual AGM & planning day • Supporting the Co-Directors in dealing with strategic relationships and change management processes, in response to external pressures and economic and social change • Bringing a range of connections from the wider artistic and business communities of Birmingham and its neighbouring areas to our geographic location • Acting as a sounding board for our staff team and sharing your individual areas of expertise

Lee Harris, outgoing board member says; “It has been a privilege to have been a board member for ten years, seeing Reel Access from its fledgling start growing into the steady organisation it has become. Throughout this time, it has remained true to its founding principles and given access to young people, vulnerable adults and those otherwise not able to take part in mainstream services to participate and learn about filmmaking and well as unearthing talent. Luckily, I was also able to work with the team members on one or two projects. Here’s to the next ten years of Reel Access; even though I’ve moved to sunnier climes, I’ll always look back at the organisation with affection and a little pride in being part of its growth and sustainable future.”

Key Information

The time commitment for trustees is attendance at 4-6 meetings per year, plus an annual AGM & planning day. We also encourage board members to provide additional time to support specific tasks or initiatives and to provide a sounding board to the staff and other board members. Meetings currently take place at our office in Birmingham.

The role of a trustee is a volunteer position and is not remunerated but reasonable expenses can be paid.

You can find more information on the company and its recent projects at


Please send your CV and a covering letter expressing your interest in joining our board of trustees. In your covering letter please outline how you feel your skills and experiences meet the requirements outlined within this document and specify which of the current skills gaps/specialisms you feel you meet. This should be sent to by the closing date of Thursday 10 May 2018.

If you wish to discuss the trustee role prior to expressing an interest, please contact Executive Director Laura Breakwell on 0121 5723030 or email or Chair of the Board Bryan Foster on 07963 878539 or

Reel Access is a company committed to working towards Equal Opportunity for all and is determined that both in its provision of services and as an employer it will seek to ensure equality of opportunity.

Contact Details:

Reel Access

A: Studio 308 The Jubilee Centre, 130 Pershore Street, Birmingham, B5 6ND

T: 0121 5723030



Company No: 05935237


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