Burnley Leisure
Board Member

Get on board as a Burnley Leisure & Culture Trustee

2 months ago
Contract Type:
Part Time
DBS Check:
Not applicable

Being a Burnley Leisure & Culture trustee boosts your prospects and the community


  • Need to gain new skills and experiences for your career development?
  • Want to share your professional expertise with other or younger counterparts?
  • Looking to give back to the community?


Becoming a trustee at Burnley Leisure & Culture provides excellent opportunities to satisfy these types of ambitions and we are seeking new trustees to join our board.

We manage diverse venues and services, including landmark and historic properties, employ a team of over 100 fully qualified staff and serve thousands of people every year with recreational, sport, entertainment, cultural, hospitality and events offerings.

We are experiencing fast-paced growth and have exciting development plans for the future. As the leisure and culture sectors adapt to new and emerging circumstances after the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, our trustees will help guide our work and growth.

Good governance is essential for the success of our services, facilities and people. Our board of trustees helps to deliver this. But individual trustees also benefit in many ways from their activity on the board.

  • Being part of a board of trustees can help develop CVs, provide valuable experience and enhance your career learning.
  • Sharing your industry experience, insight, skills and connections can help develop and enhance our community impact and social value.


Board opportunities

We are searching for trustees who will collectively bring a range of skills, experience and interests and represent the communities we serve. Candidates with the following specialisms are especially of interest:

  • legal
  • finance
  • marketing
  • fund raising
  • building maintenance and management
  • retail
  • hospitality
  • health
  • IT


About Burnley Leisure & Culture

Our organisation is a charitable trust which manages a diverse range of venues and services. These include Burnley Mechanics Theatre, St Peter’s and Padiham leisure centres, Prairie Sports Village, Towneley Golf Course, Thompson Park Boathouse, The Pavilion, Barden Lane Athletics Track, Up & Active and other developments.

As a not-for-profit organisation, unlike purely commercial leisure or culture providers, the trust is accountable to local residents and the borough council.  We also provide free services too for targeted groups including children, families and elderly people who need help.  Any surplus generated is invested back into improving facilities and services for the benefit of communities.


The benefits of being a trustee

 Gerard Vinton, Chief Executive at Burnley Leisure & Culture, said: “This is a great opportunity for professionals in or around the east Lancashire area to gain valuable experience and contribute to community leisure and culture sectors which provide essential health, social and economic benefits to society.

“Trustees bring their own professional knowledge and interests to the board to help guide and steer our organisation’s development with the community at its core. But trustees also gain many benefits for their own personal and career development. The skills, experience, connections, credibility and real-life outcomes gained from activity on the board of a large organisation such as Burnley Leisure & Culture can complement, or perhaps even beat, what is offered by academic textbooks, courses or MBAs.

“Typically, our trustees are aged between 30 and 60. Older professionals may be motivated by giving something back to the community, applying their experience gained in the business world to the charitable sector. Younger professionals aged in their 30s or 40s or those who have had career breaks, such as parents with children, may want to become a voluntary trustee to support their own career plans for the future. Local residents or customers may want to represent their communities or particular leisure, wellbeing or cultural interests and contribute to our future plans? There are many strong reasons to become a trustee and we would encourage people to get in touch.”


Get in touch

Please email leisure@burnleyleisure.co.uk to express your interest for an informal discussion with our Chief Executive.