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Midlands Arts Centre - Chair of MAC Trading

Midlands Arts Centre
Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Job Role: Chair of MAC Trading

Company: Midlands Arts Centre

Employment Type: Voluntary; Board Position

Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses

Closing Date: midday, Friday 22 September 2023

First opened in 1962, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is a pioneering arts centre and charity, with a mission to make art an important part of people’s lives. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park, MAC specialises in contemporary work, providing arts opportunities for all.


We are proud to offer a busy programme of theatre, independent cinema, visual arts exhibitions, creative courses, and special events. MAC is a national leader in developing work with children, young people, and families. We work extensively to support international and local artists and develop programmes for and with the local community.


MAC Trading exists to provide commercial services to the visitors of MAC, to complement the arts activities, bring revenue to MAC to support its core work and offer excellent visitor experience. MAC Trading oversees catering including a café and bar, conferencing, room hire and retail – all operated by Midlands Arts Centre Trading Ltd, a company limited by guarantee. MAC Trading Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Midlands Arts Centre.


Post-pandemic MAC’s conferencing and room hire business has grown significantly and is of strategic importance to MAC’s financial resilience. MAC’s catering operation has also recently developed with an improved café, KILN, and grab and go food offer. This is an exciting period as the catering team create and develop varied and fresh menus and deliver strong gross profit results whilst remaining agile to the current challenges facing the hospitality industry.  


In 2022-23 MAC Trading contributed £551k to the Charity through gift aid and management charges and plays a vital role in MAC’s earned income strategy.


We are seeking a Chair for MAC Trading, this is an opportunity to be a director of MAC’s well-established Trading subsidiary and is a critical role for the organisation, acting as a key link between the Directors of the Trading Board and Trustees of the Charity.

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