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Independent Chair of the Herefordshire Music Education Hub

The Herefordshire Music Education Hub Board has recently been expanded to include members with specific skills outside of music education, such as business and fundraising, to ensure it delivers the best possible opportunities for our children and young people. At this significant moment in its development, the Board now wishes to appoint a new independent Chair to drive forward its exciting plans for the future.

Encore Enterprises CIC
Contract Type
Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
23rd February 2018

Further Information

Independent Chair of the Herefordshire Music Education Hub

Thank you for your interest in the vacancy for Chair of Herefordshire Music Education Hub. We hope you find the following further information helpful.


January 2018

Herefordshire Music Education Hub is seeking to appoint an Independent Chair of the HMEH Board which comprises representatives from the Lead Organisation, the principal partner, other partners and invited stakeholder representatives.

What is a ‘Music Education Hub’?
Music Education Hubs are central to the UK Government’s ‘National Plan for Music Education’ and officially began activities on 1st August 2012. Music Education Hubs are funded by the Department for Education (DfE)and overseen by Arts Council England on behalf of the DfE. There are 123 hubs across England. A Music Education Hub is a partnership between local, regional and sometimes national organisations working together in one or more local authority areas to ensure that every child aged 5-18 in their area has the opportunity to sing, to learn a musical instrument, to perform as part of an ensemble or choir and to take their talent further.

Herefordshire Music Education Hub (HMEH)
Encore Enterprises CIC (Herefordshire Music Service) is the Lead Organisation for HMEH. The Music Pool is the Principal Partner alongside a number of other local and regional delivery partners including Hereford Cathedral School. HMEH is committed to listening and responding to the needs of all those with an interest in music education and especially children and young people. The majority of the Hub Board represent ‘stakeholders’ rather than ‘delivery’ organisations. Board members represent parents, pupils, instrumental/vocal tutors, heads of music/music coordinators, headteachers, sixth form colleges, The Music Pool and Encore Enterprises CIC (Herefordshire Music Service).

The HMEH Board has been up and running for five years. During this time, it has successfully established the Hub and music provision for children and young people. HMEH aims to be an innovative and enterprising body enabling all children and young people to access exciting, rewarding, varied, high quality and progressive musical experiences, individually and with others.

To ensure we deliver the best possible opportunities for our children and young people in the future, HMEH Board membership has recently been expanded to include colleagues with specific skills outside of music education, such as in business and fundraising. The Board now wish to appoint a new independent Chair to drive forward our plans.

The Hub Board works as a strategic advisory board. Its purpose is to provide ‘strategic vision’ in order to develop and enhance the musical education offer to all children and young people in Herefordshire and, in particular, to advocate on behalf of HMEH, to advise on the use of the Department for Education grant in delivering the National Plan for Music Education and to approve the hub’s annual business plan. Over 90% of schools work in partnership with Herefordshire Music Education Hub, with over 4,000 pupils benefitting every week.

To support and inform the work of the Hub Board, smaller working groups (Sub-Hubs) discuss specific areas of music education related to the ‘core’ and ‘extension’ roles or other areas such as Special Educational Needs or Fundraising.

What are the ‘Core’ and ‘Extension’ roles?
Music Education Hubs have four core roles and three extension roles through which they plan and deliver music education. It is a requirement of the DfE Grant to provide these.

Core roles
• Wider Opportunities: Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term).
• Ensembles: Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
• Progression Routes: Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
• Singing: Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly, and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

Extension roles
• Continuing Professional Development: Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
• Instruments: Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
• Inspirational Experiences: Provide access to large scale and / or high-quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and / or venues.

Within this framework, the partners of HMEH are working together to provide exciting opportunities so that the children and young people of Herefordshire can achieve their musical potential.


The Independent Chair
The Chair will lead the Board through scrutiny and oversight, challenging and focusing members to deliver strong and effective outcomes and decisions for our children and young people. Actions from the Board will be progressed by the Sub-Hubs (working parties) with progress reviewed by the Board and Chair.

The Chair will work closely with the Music Education Hub lead organisation, Encore Enterprises CIC, ensuring that adequate time is available for discussion of all agenda items, in particular, key strategic issues.

The Chair will also promote a culture of openness and debate by facilitating the effective contribution of all partner representatives and ensuring constructive relations between the Lead Organisation, principal partner and stakeholder representatives.

Please note that as the HMEH Board is a strategic advisory body, it is not constituted and does not have a legal status. Therefore, the role of Chair does not carry the official legal responsibilities of a trustee/director

Role key responsibilities
The Chair will be responsible for keeping meetings focused and productive, ensuring that all Board members feel engaged and can contribute openly and constructively.

The Chair will be required to:
• Chair three (occasionally four) Hub meetings a year in Hereford.
• Deal with email and phone communications with the Music Education Hub Lead Organisation including a pre-meeting briefing.
• Read and understand a variety of information, documentation and emails in preparation for meetings.
• Support the development of the Herefordshire Music Education Hub.
• Act as a critical friend to the Hub and to the Hub Lead Organisation, advising and challenging where necessary and appropriate.
• Represent/attend additional key meetings on behalf of the Hub as appropriate.

The Chair will be invited to:
• Attend performances, events, and conferences.

The Chair will need to have all or the majority of the following:

• A good understanding of state education: its challenges and opportunities.
• A keen interest in music education, arts and culture.
• Some knowledge and understanding of the ‘National Plan for Music Education’ (2011).
• A passion for ensuring diverse, inclusive and high-quality music opportunities are offered to the children and young people of Herefordshire.

• The ability to chair a meeting efficiently, objectively, fairly and a willingness to challenge when necessary.
• An ability to ensure equal participation from all stakeholder representatives.
• An ability to tackle and resolve issues constructively, positively and diplomatically.

This is a voluntary post. Expenses will be paid. An honorarium may be considered up to £1,250

The tenure would initially be for a period of twelve months from April 2018 to March 2019 with the possibility to extend for a second year through to the end of the next funding period March 2020.

HMEH supports the principle of Equality and Diversity. We welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, family circumstances, race, religion and marital status.

If you would like to discuss the role in greater detail, please Contact Cliff Woollard, Managing Director of Encore Enterprises CIC (current Chair) on 01432 853219,

To apply, please email a CV and supporting statement explaining why the role of Independent Chair is of interest and why you would be suitable to Cliff Woollard (as above).

How to Apply

Please email a CV and supporting statement explaining why the role of Independent Chair is of interest and why you would be suitable to Cliff Woollard, Managing Director of Encore Enterprises CIC (current Chair) to

Closing Date:
23rd February 2018
12th March 2018
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