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Call for Trustees

Updated: May 10, 2023

Reclaim The Frame champions marginalised perspectives in cinema, connecting with audiences through community building and conversation.

Celebrating our 20th year, the charity was founded as Birds’ Eye View in 2003, launched originally as a film festival running each International Women’s Day, and now an organisation that works all year round to support, and build audiences for, films by filmmakers of marginalised genders.

In partnership with cinemas, distributors and festivals across the UK and beyond, we create impactful and inclusive campaigns to build audiences for the films we support.

We continue to diversify audiences; developing safe and accessible spaces for discussion, promoting a de-patriarchal, de-centralised and de-colonised lens on the world, and advocating for social justice in all film spaces.

Our Board of Trustees

The Board is currently comprised of eight trustees who bring a range of lived experience and expertise in film sales, curation, publicity, community cinema, and more widely across advocacy, health, HR, wellbeing, disability justice, legal, accounts, data and evaluation.

Our Board structure is flat, with a rotating Chair.

Who we’re looking for

We are specifically looking for individuals with an entrepreneurial approach, a commitment to our core values, and who bring expertise in any of the following:

Film production, sales, distribution, exhibition, fundraising and sponsorship

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to bring their professional and lived experience to guide the work we do, and help us fulfil our mission in line with our values.

You do not need to have first-hand experience of serving on a Board previously.

Main Responsibilities

  • To enact the values of the charity in all discussions and decisions.

  • To consistently ask: “Does this help further the vision and mission of the charity?”

  • To individually and collectively offer support and feedback.

  • To consult KPIs for the charity to help assess whether it is developing in the right direction.

  • To serve the team in meeting the vision of the charity.

  • To commit sufficient time to become informed about the activities of the charity.

  • To go through an induction to build trust, understand our values and vision, and to learn to listen and feedback effectively.

  • To contribute lived experience as well as professional expertise.

In addition to the above, the Charity Commission provides clear top-level guidance on what is expected of Trustees, as detailed here.


To attend 6 x meetings per year, plus ad hoc meetings and phone calls as required.

To serve as (revolving) Chair for approximately 10 weeks and facilitate approximately one Trustee meeting every 18 months. We are trialling this as a revolving responsibility so that every Trustee has the opportunity to facilitate and to make the Board non-hierarchical.

To fulfil a tenure of up to 3 x years, for a maximum of two terms.

Equal Opportunities

We want to see a broader range of people involved in cinema, and in our Charity.

We encourage applications from those whose lived experience is under-represented in our sector, including those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQI+, Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent, and under-represented in our Charity (or on our Board of Trustees), including those who identify as male (cis and trans).

Though our Charity focuses on championing creatives of marginalised genders, we welcome people of all genders to apply.

We aim to create a safe space in which our trustees & team members can show up as their whole and authentic selves, understanding that each of us brings our lived experience and own perspective to what we do, and that no-one should be asked to represent any specific group of which they may be a part.

Reclaim The Frame celebrates diversity and is committed to creating a fair, just and equal society, free from discrimination. You can read more about our commitment to inclusion and diversity here.

We uphold the BFI Diversity Standards which drive change and best practice in on screen representation and creative leadership. We are also an accredited Living Wage Employer though please note that the role of Charity Trustees is voluntary.

Application Process

How to apply: Please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 2 A4 pages), or audio / video recording (no longer than 5 minutes), setting out the experience (including work, voluntary, and lived) you would bring to the role of Trustee / Treasurer and how you hope to gain from the experience.

Email, addressed to the Board of Trustees, Reclaim The Frame, with the subject heading “Application for the Board of Trustees.

It is also a requirement to complete the anonymised equal opportunities form here.

Access: Please let us know if you require any access provisions for the interview or any support with the application via the email address below. We will work with candidates to ensure their access needs are met during the interview process and will ensure access requirements are not a factor in decision making.

Closing Date: Friday 05 May, 10:00

Equal Opportunities Monitoring: We are striving to understand more about who applies to work with us. We invite you to complete our anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form, which will not be shared with anyone involved in the recruitment process - the form can be found here.

For any questions, please email, FAO Sophie Glover (Trustee Board member).


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