We are seeking a new Trustee to join the DOCA family and help us to continue delivering exceptional outdoor arts events as we enter an exciting new chapter. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, we’d love to hear from you!

Our Mission

Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA) is an exciting arts charity formed in 2012. Our mission is to bring people together to enjoy shared, magical experiences of the arts. In support of that goal, at the end of 2023, we signed a lease on Parnella House, a grade 2 listed building owned by Devizes Town Council in the centre of Devizes. The next 2 – 3 years will witness the gradually transformation of the house into a major new Community Arts Hub, where individuals and community groups can work together on exciting new initiatives in the arts, culture, and education sectors. We are now looking for a Trustee to help us achieve our mission, and specifically to focus on the smooth running of the new Arts Hub.

Our Events

Core to our mission is the organising and running of a number of well-loved events each year:

  • The International Street Festival: a 2-day event with both national and international street performers plus a large market of street food vendors and craft stalls.
  • Picnic in Park: an afternoon of bands, community stalls artist led workshops.
  • Carnival: artist-led costume and dance workshops leading up to a spectacular parade through Devizes town centre.
  • Colour Rush and Confetti Battle: a colourful paint-filled run (or walk!) ending in the Devizes Market Place in time for the incredible Confetti Battle to begin.
  • Lantern Parade and Winter Festival: participatory lantern making workshops leading up to a fabulous parade of hundreds of lanterns and lighting installations plus a two-day indoor and outdoor market.

Our Team

The team consists of a board of trustees and volunteers (known as Festival Makers) who work with the DOCA Creative Producer, Production Director, Resources Manager, and Business Support Manager.

Our Trustees

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that DOCA achieves its core purpose, overseeing the overall management and administration of the charity, while ensuring that our work and goals are in line with our strategy and core values.

Trustee Duties

  • Support and provide advice on DOCA’s mission, goals and activities.
  • Approve operational strategies and policies, and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
  • Oversee DOCA’s financial plans and budgets and monitor and evaluate progress.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored and controlled effectively.
  • Keep abreast of changes in DOCA’s operating environment.
  • Contribute to regular reviews of DOCA’s governance, and attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.
  • Contribute to the broader promotion of DOCA’s objects, aims and reputation.

Personal Skills and Qualities

  • Willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and to broaden the diversity of thinking on the board.
  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept responsibilities and liabilities as trustees, and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively, exercise good, independent judgement and to work effectively as a board member.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Enthusiasm for our mission.

Terms of Office

  • Trustees are appointed for a 3-year term of office, renewable by mutual agreement.
  • This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Time Commitment

  • Attending a minimum of 6 Board meetings annually.
  • Attending Ad hoc meetings as required.

How to apply

Send your CV and covering letter to , indicating any expertise and previous experience that you could bring to the role, and any support or training that would help you to step into it.

DOCA are keen to diversify our board membership, and would therefore encourage people from all groups to apply, including those from Global Majority and underrepresented groups.

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