Established in 1943, BFBS (until now The Services Sound and Vision Corporation – SSVC) is a military charity dedicated to informing, entertaining, connecting and championing the UK Armed Forces and their families. Best known for its radio and television operations, BFBS also provides a number of other services, notably cinemas, live entertainment, the forces.net website, which provides a range of news, sport and information, and a string of social media channels across the Forces world. These services are largely provided as part of a comprehensive broadcasting contract with the Ministry of Defence.
In the last financial year, turnover was about £25 million of which approximately £3 million was generated outside the core MoD contract. In order to reduce its dependence on the MoD, the Trustees have been following a strategy of diversification to widen its customer base and in recent years have included a Forces Media Academy and a Digital Agency within its portfolio. It has also begun to market commercially the technology required to deliver television services to the remote and austere environments where the Armed Forces are often deployed.
The charity employs around 240 people of whom about 100 are based at its radio stations overseas and in the UK. There are radio teams in Brunei, Nepal, Germany, Bahrain, Cyprus, Gibraltar, the Falklands and Canada plus most of the main garrisons and bases in Britain and Northern Ireland. The remainder of the employees are located at the charity’s HQ in Buckinghamshire or in a satellite office in London.
BFBS is looking for up to three new trustees, particularly commercially-minded individuals with experience in broadcast media and the challenges of adapting to new digital platforms. Individuals might well come from established broadcasting organisations but could also come from other businesses, such as advertising or print media, which have faced similar digital challenges.
Previous Board experience is not essential, but candidates should be able to demonstrate some understanding of corporate governance and trustee responsibilities. No specialist knowledge of the military is required although a commitment to supporting British Forces and their families is essential.
The Board is particularly keen to recruit where possible from a more diverse field than has traditionally been drawn to military charities.
For further details, please visit our microsite – www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/bfbs
Closing date for this role is 9am, Friday 17 May 2019.