We're looking for a Chair of Governors, who is passionate about performing arts with solid governance experience, and a Chair of the Audit Committee, with a background in audit and finance in a complex organisation who will provide robust financial oversight.
The Conservatoire for Dance & Drama (CDD) is a formal collaboration among six member schools including Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Rambert School.
CDD, as a higher education provider, deliver world-leading conservatoire education and training in the arts. In 2016, the institution was judged as world-leading in an independent review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and achieved a Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017.
As we are developing our next strategic plan for 2019- 2024, this is an opportunity to join the board at a critical and exciting time. Given the economic environment, it is more important than ever to ensure the long-term sustainability of the arts and to continue the success and world class education. We are looking for two individuals to join as Chair of the Board of Governors and one as Chair of the Audit Committee.
Our board has 23 members, including Nominated Governors from the member schools and Independent Governors. The board meets five times a year and the sub committees meet up to five times a year.
The time commitment for the Chair is estimated to be 2-4 days a month on average.
We’re looking for a Chair who is passionate about performing arts with solid governance experience, who can drive strategic change and ensure that every voice on the Board is heard. Given our structure and our member schools, our new Chair will have strong stakeholder engagement skills and work in a diplomatic fashion; an understanding of the HE environment would be beneficial. Our new Chair will offer both support and challenge in equal measure to the Board and Executive.
The time commitment for the Chair of Audit role is about a day a month.
In addition to the Chair of Governors role, we’re looking to appoint a new Chair of the Audit Committee. We’re seeking someone who has board experience with a background in audit and finance in a complex organisation and this individual will provide robust financial oversight to ensure financial sustainability for CDD.
This is an opportunity to support an organisation which offers leading world class conservatoire education in the arts to talented students from many different backgrounds and cultures who are committed to their art.
Thank you for your interest in becoming the Chair of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.
The Conservatoire is a formal collaboration among six member schools who are committed to the delivery of world-leading education and specialist vocational training in the performing arts. We train the performing artists and production professionals of the future: actors, circus artists, dancers, stage managers, technical theatre practitioners, choreographers and directors.
This is an exciting time to join us as the Conservatoire is entering a new strategic phase which will build upon its considerable successes to date. In 2016, the institution was judged as world-leading in an independent review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and achieved a Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017. We are now developing a Strategic Plan for 2019-24 which builds upon this legacy and articulates an ambitious vision for future development and growth within a fast-changing higher education sector.
In all of our work, students remain at the heart of our mission: to grow, support and champion world-leading performing arts practitioners through specialist conservatoire education which is accessible to students from all backgrounds.
The new Chair of the Conservatoire will oversee, guide and support the institution through its next strategic phase. We are looking for an inspirational leader with strategic and board level experience and a passion for the performing arts.
If you feel able to bring the skills, experience and commitment needed for this role, we very much look forward to hearing from you.
Chief Executive Officer
The Conservatoire is a higher education provider comprising six member schools – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and Rambert School – committed to the delivery of world-leading education and specialist vocational training in the performing arts.
The Conservatoire schools have established links with industry and are closely integrated with their local communities. The Conservatoire partnership enables the member schools to maintain and celebrate their unique identities, histories, relationships and training ethos, whilst upholding shared values of artistic excellence, inclusiveness and innovation, and ensuring the institution meets the requirements of its funders and regulators in higher education.
The Conservatoire works through a formal collaborative arrangement among its member schools, as set out in a Members’ Agreement (agreed 11 October 2017).
Working through a shared consultative and decision-making structure, the Schools agree the Conservatoire’s overall strategy and policy. The relationship between the Conservatoire and each School is set out in a financial memorandum and an operating agreement and agreed with the School’s governing body. While each of the Schools remains a legally autonomous organisation, the Conservatoire is ultimately accountable for the proper use and stewardship of the public funds it receives.
The Conservatoire’s Board of Governors, which meets formally at least four times a year, comprises lay and academic persons appointed in accordance with the Conservatoire’s Articles of Association. Staff and students are also represented on the Board.
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Chair of the Board of Governors
Closing date: Monday 8th July 2019
Candidates informed of long listing result: TBC
Preliminary interviews: w/c Monday 22nd July
Final Interview: Monday 30th September
Chair of the Audit Committee
Closing date: Monday 2nd September 2019
Candidates informed of long listing result: w/c Monday 9th September
Preliminary interviews: w/c Monday 16th September
Final Interview: TBC
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