Media Archive for Central England (MACE) Seeks New Chair of the Board

MACE is currently seeking a dynamic individual to lead us to the next level in our development as a significant part of the regions’ cultural landscape.


Established in 2000, the mission of MACE is to reflect the changing history and culture of the East and West Midlands, as captured by the movie camera, and to make it widely available now and for future generations. Built on a solid foundation of professional practice, MACE is now recognised and respected as the Midlands’ specialist public archive service for moving images.


MACE’s offices in the MHT Building of the University of Lincoln

MACE has developed an enviable reputation for innovation and accessibility and is widely regarded as a model of good practice particularly in our attitude to partnership and our approach to income generation. We work closely with the BFI National Archive and with colleague specialist archives in the nations and regions to develop nationwide opportunities for screen heritage and ensure that professional standards are developed and maintained.

We are building a close relationship with the University of Lincoln where, since September 2011, we have been based in purpose built accommodation for staff and for the collections. Working with the School of Media, a series of DVD compilations from the collections was produced and released in 2012. As part of the relationship, MACE Director James Patterson has been appointed a senior academic in the College of Arts and is a member of staff in the School of Media.

This relationship provides a fundamental element in the sustainability of the archive which is currently additionally supported by a small annual grant from the BFI. A range of funded projects and income generated by its own commercial activity complete the current income sources.


MACE’s Archive Manager, Richard Shenton in our archive storage facility

Despite MACE’s resilience and its history of careful and steady development, the cycle of insufficient year-on-year funding precludes our ability to plan in the medium term and constantly undermines the core foundation on which all our activity is built. Development of sufficient sustainable and stable income to support and grow the organisation is the principal challenge now facing MACE.

We are looking for a Chair…

… who recognises the inherent importance and value of MACE’s work and is excited by the prospect of further developing and realising that potential.

…to lead the board and the CEO on the organisation’s vision for future development and to motivate the board and team delivering the strategy to achieve it.

…who can work with the CEO and the board to develop strategies for addressing the challenging funding environment.

…who has a successful track record in driving organisational development and who has a background in, or can demonstrate an empathy with, the cultural/heritage/media sectors.

…who is prepared enthusiastically to commit to the role for a term of 4 years (renewable).

To read more, download the Board Chair Specification HERE.

Interested parties should write detailing their experience and outlining why they would like to undertake this role to:

James Patterson
Media Archive for Central England
MHT Building
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln LN6 7TS

Or by email to:

To arrive no later than midday Friday Dec 6th 2013

Further information about MACE and our activities can be found at and here on our frequently updated blog.

James Patterson would welcome enquiries about the role and is happy to discuss any aspect of MACE or its work with interested parties. He can be contacted on 01522 837751 (direct) or by email at the address above.

Discussion with existing board members can be arranged on request.


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