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Director of Legal Affairs

Description of the role:

This is an exciting volunteer opportunity to join the Board of Directors at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket, Suffolk. 2021 represents a pivotal time in the history of the JPC. The arts and leisure industries have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and we cannot there will be more challenges to come. However, we are also determined to come out of this pandemic with an arts and community space and programme that will support our community in its recovery and thrive once again. The first exciting step in this journey came in January 2021 when Mid Suffolk District Council committed to leasing 11 Market Place to the John Peel Centre for a nominal rent. This is a huge opportunity for growth and marks a step-change for the JPC and our delivery. For this reason, we are looking to increase the skills and knowledge base within our leadership team.

As Director of Legal Affairs, you will lead a small committee responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and embedding a culture of learning and continuous improvement so that the JPC can demonstrate the highest possible standards to our stakeholders. As well as building expertise within the organisation, making sure that our legal position is robust, you will work with staff to ensure learning is captured and embedded.

As a Director, you will work at the heart of driving the JPC forward, enabling the team to effectively manage risks in the following areas:

• Legal Advice & regulatory compliance - You will support and advise the JPC board of directors and management on business relevant law and policy. This will ensure that the JPC’s knowledge remain up-to-date and we can react quickly to any changes in the law or national policy.
• Policy Development – Working closely with the rest of the directors and staff, you will oversee the review of JPC policies. They will monitor the JPC’s activity in relation to existing policies and will lead in identifying when policies need updating or new policies need introducing in response to operational decisions.
• GDPR and DPO – It will be your responsibility to oversee Data protection, GDPR audits and compliance. You will be the named Data Protection Officer for the JPC and will be the primary contact, on behalf of the JPC, for the ICO.
• Contract Compliance & Due Diligence – You will regularly review contracts, terms and conditions, keeping abreast of relevant changes in the law. In addition, you will review contracts provided to the JPC and provide comment/advice prior to signing.
• Governance Officer – You will work closely with the Governance Administrator (a role undertaken by a volunteer) and Strategic Manager to provide effective administrative support and procedural governance advice to ensure the Board is properly constituted and operates in a way that is compliant. This will include taking responsibility for updating Companies House as required.

Opportunity Activities: Legal Work
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

• Ideally 3 years’ relevant experience, ideally in an arts or not for profit environment
• A commitment to developing the JPCs people, resources, and procedures to ensure optimal delivery of the JPC’s vision and mission
• A proactive and pragmatic approach.
• An understanding of GDPR requirements and processes
• An understanding of contract law
• An excellent understanding of the legal and regulatory context that the JPC operates within
• Highly organised, with good time management and people skills
• Preparedness to make recommendations to the board and a willingness to speak their mind with diplomacy
• Experience of having successfully supported not-for-profit Boards and Committees
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of being a Director and the commitment involved
• A highly self-motivated, creative, open-minded, and a strategic thinker

What skills will be learned / gained?


DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
Organisation Profile:

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts is an ambitious project to provide a lasting tribute to the life and career of the much-loved broadcaster and create a high quality, community-owned, Arts Centre in the heart of Suffolk. The team behind the project set out to bring an unused and decaying historic building back into use and create an inspirational environment to foster the creative energy of local people and enable wider enjoyment of the arts.