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Wired Sussex is Looking for a New Non-Executive Director

Wired Sussex is looking to recruit a new member to serve on our board of non-executive directors. We specifically want to ensure that the board has ongoing representation from the region’s strong TV, film & media sector, as we are looking to replace Juliet Tzabar, Managing Director of Brighton-based animation studio Plug-in Media. 

Juliet has been a valued Wired Sussex board member for over 5 years. During her tenure she has been influential in representing the needs of the media industries at board meetings and additionally in our engagement with local and national government. 

We’re excited that the connection between Wired Sussex and the regional TV/media sector is set to move to a new level in the next few years as the industry responds to technology developments that include virtual production, AI, and 5G connectivity. Wired Sussex is involved in all these areas and facilitates connections across disciplines. One example is the work being undertaken to deliver a 5G music festival in 2022. This is a world-first that utilises the facilities at Wired Sussex's FuseBox, including the 5G Brighton testbed.  

Being a non-executive director of Wired Sussex is a unique opportunity to help guide the future of digital and media business based in Sussex.

What’s in it for you?

It’s not money. Non-executive directors at Wired Sussex don’t get paid.  

But… being a non-executive Wired Sussex Director is a unique opportunity:

  • to personally develop new and broader perspectives of our sector and regional economy;
  • to share your expertise and to influence the development of our sector for the benefit of our community; 
  • to extend your network - Wired Sussex has relationships at senior levels both regionally and nationally;
  • to gain exposure to a talented group of senior representatives from key local digital businesses; and 
  • to challenge yourself by working closely with a different organisation.

What does Wired Sussex do?

Wired Sussex exists to support the digital cluster based in Sussex, centred in and around Brighton. Its mission is to help local digital, media and tech businesses develop and grow to their maximum potential. It has hundreds of member businesses.

Among other things, it provides centralised facilities for R&D in areas like VR and 5G. It runs events, incubates new businesses, supports recruitment, brokers freelance assignments and project opportunities, advertises work space and facilitates networking. It represents the sector to local and central government, working on national projects and initiatives to the benefit of our community. It encourages research to analyse the sector and assess its future needs. 

The Wired Sussex Board

The non-executive Wired Sussex board supports the senior leadership team led by Managing Director, Phil Jones (@philjoneswired), to direct the business and fulfil its mission. It currently has twelve members including Phil.  

Who are we looking for?

The board currently has representation from web design and build agencies, games, data, digital learning and edtech, SaaS, consulting and online marketing. Our representative from the animation and TV sector in Brighton is due to leave the board by the end of 2021 and we are looking to replace her with someone from the local media sector.
What are we asking for?

As a non-exec director, you commit to:

  • Supporting the Wired Sussex senior leadership team to direct the business.
  • Serving as a Companies House director of Wired Sussex Limited with the corresponding rights and responsibilities. Wired Sussex is a company limited by guarantee (a not-for-profit). There are no shareholders and it pays no dividends. Any surplus is used to grow the organisation and support its mission. 
  • Attending board meetings, currently every three months; these normally take place at the Fusebox in New England House, Brighton and generally last an hour and a half.
  • Providing ad hoc advice and support to Wired Sussex on projects.
  • Helping to represent Wired Sussex at occasional meetings including with external organisations.

Requirements

You must be a director of an organisation that is a Wired Sussex member or a Wired Sussex freelance member, or be willing to join Wired Sussex.

We are keen to ensure that our board truly represents the full diversity of our membership community and we welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds.

How to apply

Please apply in writing, explaining your background and what you would look to bring to the role, to boardrecruitment@wiredsussex.com.  

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 4th January.

Interviews will take place in the weeks of the 10th and 17th January 2022. 

NB. If you wish to discuss the board position in advance of applying, then please drop us an email to the address above and we will arrange for an existing board member to make contact with you for a chat.

 

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Alex Morrison, Chair of Wired Sussex

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