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Apr 6th 2021

New Trustee Appointments at Leach Pottery

At a table a young woman sits between two young boys; in front of them are three clay animal creations.

The Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust seeks to appoint up to five new Trustees. We are looking for Trustees who will share the vision of the Leach Pottery and work with a committed group of fellow Trustees to support the strategic development of the Leach Pottery and its exceptional staff.

Please contact us at pottery by emailing and either Libby Buckley, Director or a Trustee would be happy to have an informal chat to tell you more about the opportunity.

We would actively encourage applications from young people and those with a diverse background.

Knowledge, experience or enthusiasm relating to modern studio ceramics and the story of Bernard Leach’s pioneering pottery in St Ives, Cornwall is also an advantage.

We are embarking on the delivery of our new forward plan (2021-2026) with a refreshed vision that builds upon our positive progress in the last few years. We meet four times a year at the Pottery in St. Ives and we are keen to welcome new Trustees that are committed to making a positive contribution to the organisation and, in return, enjoy working alongside the staff and Trustee team.

The Trustees post is voluntary and unpaid but reasonable travel expenses incurred would be covered.

If you are interested in applying to be a Trustee, please write a short letter outlining your interest and particular skills and send it, along with a CV, to by Sunday 17th May 2021.

A woman stands on the bank of a small stream and scrapes clay out of a shovel - three others stand around looking at the clay.

Role Description for Board members


The role of Board member is to ensure that Bernard Leach Trust (BLT) complies with all statutory and legal responsibilities, and that the BLT is successful.  Board members ensure that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times.  Board members are responsible for ensuring the overall strategic direction of BLT, and oversee the delivery of results by monitoring performance against agreed strategic objectives and targets.

Role description


·         To act within the powers of Bernard Leach Trust as set out in the constitution;

·         To promote the success of Bernard Leach Trust ;

·         To exercise independent judgement;

·         To exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence;

·         To avoid conflicts of interest and declare where there may be conflict of interest; and

·         To not accept benefits from third parties.

Strategic leadership

·         To ensure there is a clear vision and strategic direction and that the strategic objectives of Bernard Leach Trust are in line with the objects defined in the constitution and the agreed values; and

·         To monitor progress towards achieving the agreed strategic objectives.

Ensure effective governance

·         To ensure policies and procedures reflect best practice and keep the organisation compliant with the law;

·         To ensure adherence to policies and procedures; and

·         To ensure the sound financial standing of the Trust.


Person specification


·         Understanding of BLT’s operating environment and the key governance requirements for Board members.

Strategic leadership

·         Ability to analyse the environment, set and prioritise objectives; and

·         Ability to make own views known and make decisions in a group environment and in line with strategic objectives.


·         Ability to listen intently, carefully and objectively; and

·         Ability to convey ideas, information and opinions clearly and concisely.


·         Supportive of the chair, fellow Board members and the Director;

·         Ability to challenge the views of others appropriately; and

·         Ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.


You can find out more on the Leach Pottery website here.