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English Touring Theatre seeks new Trustee with legal expertise

English Touring Theatre seeks new Trustee with legal expertise

Closing Date
2 August 2021
Please enquire on application
Time Commitment
Quarterly board meetings

English Touring Theatre is a registered charity in England and Wales, creating theatre of outstanding quality, imagination and ambition; work which interrogates and celebrates contemporary England and reflects the diversity of our nation. Our work enables people to ask challenging questions of them and others.

We stage a balance of new and classic work, to make theatre that is imaginative, responsive, and alive: sparking dialogue and fostering connectivity. Each year we work with around 10 venue partners, tour to 25 towns and cities and reach an average audience of 75,000 people.

English Touring Theatre is a limited company and a registered charity and receives significant funding from Arts Council England and is a National Portfolio Organisation.

We believe that touring is a democratic and imaginative way to invite audiences to engage with the world through storytelling. At the heart of our practice is a drive to entertain, engage, challenge and inspire. We celebrate diversity by placing an examination of contemporary English identity at the heart of everything we do and lead an inclusive and respectful culture.

This is an exciting time to join ETT. Our board is an active body; engaged and committed to English Touring Theatre’s ongoing strategic development. This is reflected in our newly re-shaped business plan, which focuses on being a touring company that is flexible, responsive and looking towards an increasingly democratic and open future. We have ambitions to be a leading touring company for the digital age, producing new work and collaboration models which can deepen and widen relationships with our audiences, communities, participants and artists.

We are committed to represent, celebrate and share the full complexity of the nation within our organisational ethos and our practice. This will be shown in the people we employ, the work we create and the audiences and communities we inspire.

About the role

We are now looking to recruit new Trustees to drive our organisation to achieve these new strategic goals and diversify and strengthen the board. We seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, and as per our commitment to equality and diversity, applications from Black, Asian and global majority candidates and candidates with disabilities are particularly encouraged.

Our new Trustees will possess substantial experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Strategic HR
  • Commercial/Legal
  • Digital Innovation
  • Audience Engagement

Applicants who can bring in new ideas and stimulus from sectors other than the culture sector would be welcome. We are particularly interested in encouraging applications from across the country to ensure we have broad geographical representation on our board.

Our ideal candidates will be individuals who can bring a fresh perspective on theatre as well as be technology-savvy, innovative and action-orientated. We are open to candidates form a variety of professional backgrounds and first time trustees. A can-do attitude coupled with a forward-looking outlook is essential. We are open to candidates from a variety of professional backgrounds. Understanding and appreciating the multi-dimensional nature of ETT and its values are key.

As well as serving on the Board and overseeing the strategic direction and good governance of the organisation, the Trustees will play a specific role in oversight of the company’s activities and strategy.

As a volunteer, the Trustees will attend quarterly Trustee meetings as well as offer their time to work closely with the ETT staff team throughout the year.

Strategic HR

An interest in business development and strategy

A background in a contemporary HR environment and passion for good practice.

A commitment to progressive and inclusive employment practices.


You might have some experience in a legal background within any sector for example employment, entertainment, contract, business, finance.

You could have some knowledge of development practices; fundraising & corporate sponsorships.

You may have experience of commercial best practice and a passion to share that with a charitable organisations.

Digital Innovation

You could have experience of working in cutting-edge Digital Projects, organisations & industries.

You may have Experience in Social Media, TV, Film, Immersive Technologies, VR, AI, AR & Digital Storytelling or across a range of digital industries.

Audience Engagement

A wide area of experience is applicable: Marketing, Participation, Data Analysis, PR.

A strong passion for developing new audiences and widening access to the arts.

You could come from a background in communicating with large and diverse groups of people through a range of mediums including print, social media, online etc.


Please click here for application details.