Magna Trust is seeking additional trustees

Magna Trust is a medium-sized charity, based on one very extensive site, the home of a former steelworks in Templeborough, and operates the Magna Science Adventure Centre.

Magna Trust is seeking additional trustees to join the current Board of trustees. Magna is one of only two remaining Millennium projects in the UK and opened in April 2001.

Magna Trust is a medium-sized charity, based on one very extensive site, the home of a former steelworks in Templeborough, and operates the Magna Science Adventure Centre. This is a hands-on experience packed with interactive exhibits where visitors can explore the wonders of science and technology in four large pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire and Water.

The main objectives of the trust are to provide a centre of excellence and educational experiences for the public, particularly children and young people, to engage with science, technology and industrial heritage.  For primary school children Magna provides an exciting learning environment where pupils can explore science and technology in the world around us.   For pupils of secondary school age Magna provides an exciting experience that challenges pupils to learn about science, technology and design and for post 16 young people Magna provides unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

Magna received 75,000 visitors to the Attraction in the year to March 2020 (Pre Covid) and in addition hosted visits and workshops for24,500 school children who visited Magna as part of school excursions.

This is an exciting time in the history of Magna as it approaches its 20th  birthday. We are seeking trustees who display an enthusiasm for bringing the experience of science and technology to people of all ages, particularly young people, but who also share a vision for future development of the Science Adventure Centre to the benefit of a wider cross section of people of all ages and backgrounds. A key part of the role of the trustees is strategy and forward planning for the Science Adventure Centre.

 

In order to support the Science Adventure Centre in its aims, the Trust has a trading subsidiary company which generates income by utilising the extensive premises to stage a variety of social and business events throughout the calendar year and to provide a venue for externally organised events. A wide variety of events is held every year at Magna, and in the last 12 months alone, this includes the Northern Powerhouse conference, amateur boxing events, new car launch events, dinners and much more together with events staged by Magna such Christmas party events and the Christmas Fayre.

To put the size of the charity into perspective, Magna has annual income in excess of £2.2m and employs around 30 full time staff and up to 60 part time staff.

Magna is now seeking additional Trustees with a range of skills, qualifications and experiences to help take the charity forwards. This could be expertise in science and technology, business or fundraising or indeed a wider range of skills.  Trustees meet monthly but are encouraged to contribute more often where possible and to use their skills and experiences to oversee aspects of the charity or to support areas already managed.

 

Part of the role, alongside the board, is oversight of the charity's policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with the charity's aims, with legal obligations and ensuring its economic success as well as having a say in its forward planning and strategy.

 

If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact Kerry McGrath at Voluntary Action Rotherham, Tel: 07716  919416