Are you b-sides next Chair of the Board?

We are inviting applications for the post of Chair of the Board; a non-executive role working with a loyal and hardworking creative team of board members and staff in a stunning part of the UK, the gorgeous Isle of Portland in Dorset.

After  6 successful years as b-side’s dedicated Chair of the Board, John Tizard is stepping down. John has led a brilliant and diverse team of non-executive directors, most recently in the successful recruitment of Director Rocca Holly-Nambi and in the revitalisation of b-side’s governance structure, enabling us to remain true to our cooperative and collaborative values and vision.

Our next Chair of the Board will continue to support the development of b-side’s outward looking creative programme and our artist commissioning process; celebrating the local and the international, in everything we do.

The new Chair of b-side will be joining at a pivotal moment as we head towards our next Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation application in 2022. And at the same time will take a lead role in supporting us to find creative strategies to diversify our income and networks.

The new Chair will be someone for whom inclusivity, internationalisation, and sensitivity to our host community on the Isle of Portland are paramount and they should share our genuine love of site-responsive art-making, helping b-side create projects that explore, celebrate and challenge everyone’s relationship to place; socially, historically and environmentally.

We are looking for someone who will support a team of board members to continue to build a financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable arts organisation ensuring good governance and financial management alongside upholding our creative vision and mission.

Please scroll down to listen to and see the BSL signed version of this opportunity.

How to apply

Please send the following to

  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A covering letter (up to 500 words) or video / audio (up to 5 minutes in length) outlining your suitability for the post and what skills and experience you could bring to b-side
  • An outline of access requirements you have that would help us make the interview process more accessible for you
  • b-side is an equal opportunities employer, who is actively seeking to employ people currently under-represented in the creative and cultural sector. This includes young people, ethnic minorities, and Disabled people. To monitor who is applying for our positions and to evaluate who we are not reaching we would really appreciate it if you would fill in our equal opportunities monitoring form here: It should take around 3 minutes to complete, it is anonymous and will not be linked to your application

Application timeline

Deadline for applications:
Friday 10th December 2021, 5pm

Shortlisted applicants notified by:
Friday 17th December 2021, 5pm

Online interviews:
Thursday 6th / Friday 7th January 2022

Successful applicant notified by:
Friday 14th January 2022

Introduction to b-side (on Portland):
Week beginning 17th / 24th January 2022  (depending on availability)


Please do let us know if you need any of the information in another format. Additionally, please do contact us if there is anything we can do to make the application and interview process more accessible to you.

Email Molly: if you need any further support.

Further Information

For further information about the role, the board and b-side, please download and read the ‘b-side Chair of the Board Recruitment Pack’ and ‘Community Impact Report 2021’

If you have further questions after reading the pack and would like to arrange a short phone call to clarify anything about the post, please email: Rocca Holly-Nambi, Director:

We love talking, debating, and collaborating and we need a chair who will enjoy this with us whilst ensuring we make space for diverse voices from all walks of life.