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Chair of the Board (Trustee)

Date Added
30 September 2020
Northern Broadsides Theatre Company
Halifax, UK - but accepting applications from across the UK
Voluntary Role
Job Specification
Role: Chair of the Board (Trustee) 
Job Description 
This is a non-executive, voluntary role and will serve for a maximum of two terms (a term being 3 years). 
The Chair will: 
Lead the Board in its governance of the Company, ensuring it is meeting its charitable purpose, and developing its bold new vision at this time of change 
Ensure that diversity and equality of opportunity is pursued in all aspects of the Company 
Build deep relationships with partners, funders, policy makers and other influencers who will support and enhance the delivery of Broadsides’ strategy 
Lead and develop the Board so that it may fulfil the objectives of the Company 
The Chair is also a Board Director (Trustee). All Board members will be expected to attend four meetings per year, currently held on a Monday evening between 4pm and 6pm, either remotely or in person.  Meetings are held in the Northern Broadsides rehearsal suite, Dean Clough, Halifax or remotely via Zoom. Board membership is an active role and you will be called upon both during board meetings and at other times to support the rest of the Board and Staff to deliver the core professional function of Northern Broadsides. There will be an expectation that you will contribute your particular skills, expertise and knowledge as required, and to attend our performances, functions and events in support of Northern Broadsides whenever possible. 
Legal Role 
All Trustees are legally responsible for the charity and must ensure that they: 
Act in the charity’s best interests 
Manage the charity’s resources responsibly 
Act with reasonable care and skill 
Ensure that the charity is accountable 
You will be registered with Companies House as a Director of the Company and with the Charity Commission as a Trustee and will be asked to confirm that there is no legal reason that will prevent you from registering as a Director. 
Key Responsibilities 
Chair General Meetings of Northern Broadsides and meetings of the full Board of Trustees. 
Ensure the organisation represents the diversity of the country in all its parts, and that equality of opportunity is enshrined in all policies and strategic plans. 
Facilitate the scrutiny and approval of a Business Plan that will deliver the agreed vision within the available resources 
Support the Artistic Director/CEO and Executive Director to achieve the aims of the organisation and to strengthen the relationship between Trustees and staff 
Undertake their duties in accordance with the Company’s Code of Conduct for Board Members 
Facilitate the Board in strategic decision making, either by unanimous decisions or majority decisions taken after a vote.  In the situation where a number of votes for and against a specific proposal is equal, the Chair will have a second casting vote 
Strengthen the membership and activity of the Board, its sub-committees and groups by reviewing processes and associated documentation. 
Take the lead in the recruitment of new Trustees and Associate Board Members in light of the Company’s articles on the rotation and retirement of Trustees and the role of Associate Board Members 
Represent the Board and support the Executive at external and internal meetings, nurturing relationships with strategic partners, the Chairs of other cultural organisations, and with Arts Council England 
Ensure that fundraising is seen as a priority and contribute as appropriate. 
(n.b. the above responsibilities are indicative and do not provide an exhaustive list) 
Person Specification 
The skills, experience and life factors we are looking for are: 
A belief that inclusivity and diversity should be at the heart of everything an arts company does 
Passionate about the role the arts can play in empowering people’s lives 
Understanding, or willingness to learn, the roles and duties of a charitable trustee and company director including company policies, structures and liabilities 
Willingness and availability to represent the company at events when possible 
Willingness to take active role in understanding and interrogating company finances 
Availability and time capacity to attend four Board meetings a year either remotely or in person 
Availability to take part in other activity outside Board meetings as appropriate to member’s specific skillset eg. working sub groups, meetings with staff 
Excellent communication, listening and presentation skills 
Strong interpersonal skills; ability to quickly gain Board and staff confidence 
Resilient, and able to challenge when required with tact and empathy 
Willing to invest their time and energy supporting Northern Broadsides to build its reputation and profile regionally, nationally and internationally.  
Previous (but not essential) experience in the following would be an advantage: 
A track record of leadership 
Experience in developing and monitoring strategies to deliver equal opportunities 
Advocacy for diversity in public life and specifically the arts. 
Understanding and experience of the cultural sector 
Financial comprehension, particularly of the not for profit sector 
Strong personal networks 
Prior Board experience and skill at managing meetings 
Understanding of governance, compliance & control requirements and policy development 
Application Details
How to Apply 
To apply please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter outlining why you would like to get involved with Northern Broadsides to: Rachel Harris, Chair: 
Deadline for applications: Monday 26 October, 12 noon. 
Please ensure the Equality and Diversity monitoring form is completed and returned with your application. You can download the form by navigating to the Opportunities page on our website, or you can follow the link here.
Closing Date
26 October 2020
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