Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) is seeking to recruit a Chair Designate to take over from current Chair Prof Hamish McKenzie, who is stepping down as chair after 10 years leading the organisation.

Chair Designate Role

The Chair is responsible for co-ordinating a Board of Trustees who are collectively responsible for the governance of the charity under the guidance of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).  This includes

  • responsibility for financial matters
  • the overall strategy in delivering our main purpose, which is to use art to make our hospitals as attractive and comforting as possible for all those who spend time there, whether staff, patients or visitors.

Experience in charity governance, management and the NHS or academia would all provide useful background for the role. Candidates need not be art or heritage “experts”, but an interest in professional art and an appreciation of its value in promoting wellbeing is essential.

About GHAT

The Board of Trustees has a mix of skills and there is a collaborative approach to running the charity.

GHAT has a full time Director is responsible for the day to day operation of the Trust and supervises a team of 11 to 20 staff. Our team of professional creatives and leadership hold strong and unique curatorial knowledge that enables us to deliver arts engagement that uniquely understands and supports the needs of those in healthcare settings. Our work supports those affected by ill-health to explore ways to communicate and understand their experiences. It is also a vital tool in supporting person-centred healing and recovery.

GHAT Trustees hold four Board meetings a year and an AGM. The chair liaises closely with the full time Director to lead the charity.  There are four sub groups which assist the governance of the charity between board meetings.

A separate group of external Arts Advisors supports the delivery of the GHAT programme across all strands: Artroom, Collection, Exhibitions and Projects.  A “Friends of GHAT” group has been formalised to help support our activities and a marketing initiative is currently underway to increase awareness of GHAT in the community and recruit more “friends”, both personal and business. In addition to Board meetings, Trustees are encouraged to attend events and may be asked to help in areas of specific expertise.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are welcome to discuss the details informally with the

Chair Prof Hamish McKenzie
Director Sally Thomson


Please be in touch by the 30th June 2024