Board Member wanted at Ulster Orchestra

Ulster Orchestra is looking for a Board Member with HR Experience

What we do: We bring the world’s greatest music to the people – all the people – of Northern Ireland.

Who we are: 63 internationally-respected musicians led by conductor Rafael Payare, acknowledged to be among classical music’s most outstanding young stars. Together with our admin team we are one of Northern Ireland’s most cherished and valuable cultural assets.

At the heart of our communities: Our musicians routinely devote time every week to work on community projects. You will also find us in care homes, hospitals and hospices, spreading solace and joy to patients and residents and our musicians provide vital high-level instrumental teaching for talented youngsters.


Our philosophy: The best orchestras create great inspirational concerts and also draw from their communities, by reflecting their cultures, their hopes and dreams. They help their communities find their creative voices; that is what we are about.

Board members: They work with management to formulate the Board’s strategy for discharging its statutory duties, to ensure that it fulfils the aims and objectives set out in its Articles of Association, its Business plan and its funding requirements. The Board is also responsible for working with management to develop a strategy which focuses on the sustainability and growth of the Orchestra.

The new board member should be able to demonstrate:

  • Senior management experience in HR or a sound knowledge of employment legislation, best practice, the issues facing HR practitioners and how these can be addressed effectively
  • Experience in the formulation HR strategy
  • Sound intellect and judgment with a robust understanding of governance issues within the sector and the ability to operate effectively at Board level or equivalent
  • Good communication skills, and the ability to act as an ambassador for the Ulster Orchestra as required including attending concerts, fundraising events and community performances
  • An interest in the strategic issues facing orchestras
  • A willingness and the skills to chair the HR Committee.

Time Requirements: Number of meetings per year:  6 scheduled with none in July and August.  The rest occur about every 6 weeks or so.  The Board member will be asked to chair the HR committee, which meets between Board meetings (about one meeting per month).

Remuneration: this is a non-remunerated appointment

To apply, please e-mail the following to Bronagh Hughes at or post to Bronagh Hughes, Ulster Orchestra Society Limited, Seymour House, 9 Gloucester Street, Belfast by Friday 22nd June:

  • A supporting statement setting out how you meet the specification for the role
  • The Monitoring Form and the Declaration of Interest Form (Download from links below)

Download the Declaration of Interest form

Download the Monitoring Form