Persona Arts seeks dynamic and enthusiastic trustees/board members

Grace Bailey

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Persona Arts: registered charity number 1197297 is a new arts company. Established in 2021 by artistic director and international opera singer Byron Jackson FRSA. Born in Birmingham from an impoverished BME background, he firmly believes that a change in the opera and choral arts is needed in the UK if it is to survive for the future.Persona Arts was originally known as BJ Music Events (BJME), it was founded in 2008 as a not for-profit initiative to bring opera as an art form to the people of Birmingham in their communities. Co-founders Byron Jackson and Amanda Doyle recognised that there was a need for engagement with opera and classical music through awareness, audience development and direct participation.Since then, BJME had held music events across the West Midlands, including ‘come and sing’ workshops, opera concerts, recitals, and live music nights, facilitated by some of the country’s top performing artists. These events history can be found on our website.This is an exciting time to be involved in Persona Arts. Over the next 7 years we will continue to develop a rich and exciting programme of productions and events in collaboration with outstanding arts organisations in our thriving region.

Currently, we are planning a production of The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner, which will be sung in German at the Bradshaw Hall, July 2024. As our first stage production, this is an ambitious and formidable work and our largest project yet.

Featuring some of the finest opera talent in the Commonwealth under the stage direction of Iqbal Khan, Artistic Director of the Commonwealth Games Ceremony 2022. We will be drawing on musical forces from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the Black Country and beyond.

This 2-year project has already started and has already generated a lot of interest and support across the West Midlands music community.

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic and dynamic individuals, passionate about increasing diversity and accessibility in the arts, to join our Board of Trustees as we continue to develop and grow.

We welcome applications from individuals with a variety of qualities and skills from all professional and advisory sectors.


Job Summary

We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic individuals to join our board of trustees

Job Description

Being a trustee is a voluntary position, but can be useful to enhancing a CV or your current job role.The duties of a trustee board member are to:

Ensure we comply with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations

Ensure we pursue our objects as defined in our constitution.

Ensure we apply our resources exclusively in pursuance of our objects.

Contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets

Safeguard our good name and values

Ensure our financial stability


Minimum Time Commitment

Trustees are expected to attend five board meetings a year in the West Midlands or via digital means, which includes the AGM

It would be desirable (though not essential) for trustees to have a connection with the West Midlands and/or with BME communities and an awareness of local, regional, national and international issues impacting on BME communities in the arts.

We have a strong policy of diversity and inclusion within our organisation and welcome enquiries and applications from all individuals.

Discover more information and how to apply by reading our trustee welcome pack:  Click Here

If you have any questions, please contact Byron Jackson, on

Visit our website to found out more about Persona Arts.

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