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Join the Board of the National Theatre of Scotland - an award- winning, ground-breaking theatre for all of Scotland, to drive the next stage of our journey and continue to support us create unique work of global resonance.

  • Location: Glasgow
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 18th July 2022

The National Theatre of Scotland, which has established a worldwide reputation for outstanding work and a commitment to having a presence in every part of Scotland, to perform at all scales and reach all its people, is looking for three new Non-Executive Directors with experience in:

  • Communications and marketing experience ideally in technology or media sectors. Experience of digital media and of broadcasting content to mass audiences would be ideal.
  • Experience as a theatre practitioner. A background in promoting the work of disabled artists and the experience of increasing their inclusion into mainstream theatre would be ideal. We are particularly looking for someone with lived experience of disability.
  • Strategic expertise in governance, compliance, risk, audit or finance.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabryphilippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

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Welcome

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of the National Theatre of Scotland.

In just 16 years, the National Theatre of Scotland has established a worldwide reputation for outstanding work. Our Theatre Without Walls model demonstrates a commitment to having a presence in every part of Scotland, to perform at all scales and reach all its people. This has continued to be true during the Covid-19 crisis, with the Company shifting its model to digital in order to continue to connect with millions of people online and offer paid work to theatre makers during this difficult time. The company is presenting a full season of live work in 2022.

National Theatre of Scotland has become an expert in fostering collaborations with innovative artists and companies from Scotland, the UK and around the world, creating unique work of true global resonance, deepening and broadening the outlook both of Scottish artists and audiences.

The organisation’s ambitions to be a theatre for everyone, a creative catalyst for the sector and an international innovator have been greatly assisted by the company’s move into a purpose built engine room for Scottish Theatre, in the Speirs Lock Regeneration Zone of Glasgow in 2016.

For the next stage of our journey, we would like to recruit three Non-Executive Directors to join the Board to, amongst other things, contribute to the good governance of the organisation, oversee the development and delivery of its vision, and act in an ambassadorial role.

We are looking for people with:

  • communications and marketing experience ideally in technology or media sectors. Experience of digital media and of broadcasting content to mass audiences would be ideal.
  • experience as a theatre practitioner. A background in promoting the work of disabled artists and experience of increasing their inclusion into mainstream theatre would be ideal. We are particularly looking for someone with lived experience of disability.
  • strategic expertise in governance, compliance, risk, audit or finance.

In each of these areas we are interested in people from the business world, third sector or cultural sector.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates of colour and gender diverse people and disabled people with an interest in the arts, and theatre.

This microsite is designed to give you more information about the National Theatre of Scotland and its governance.

Sincerely,

Dame Seona Reid CBE – Chair
Jackie Wylie – Artistic Director and CEO

About the National Theatre of Scotland

GROUND-BREAKING, AWARD-WINNING THEATRE FOR ALL OF SCOTLAND

Established in 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has pioneered the ‘Theatre Without Walls’ model, demonstrating a commitment to having a presence in every part of Scotland, to perform at all scales and reach all its people.

Notable productions to date include:

  • Black Watch by Gregory Burke, which won a multitude of awards including four Olivier Awards.
  • Rona Munro’s award-winning historical trilogy The James Plays, setting a landmark in ambition and scale for touring Scottish theatre.
  • A radical reimagining of Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, presented in Glasgow and the New York Lincoln Center Festival and subsequently, Broadway.
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig and Wils Wilson, which has become one of the Company’s most adaptable, beloved, and widely toured productions.
  • Adam, the emotive true story of a young trans man’s journey from Egypt to Glasgow, which won multiple awards on its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring widely and being adapted for the BBC.
  • Pioneering participatory arts projects including Granite in Aberdeen and Home Away, an international festival of participatory theatre at Tramway and beyond and Futureproof, radical new theatre co-created with young people across Scotland.
  • Orphans – a new Scottish musical adaptation of Peter Mullens’ iconic film.

Our mission

To make exceptional, audacious,
collaborative theatre that represents
the complexity of modern Scotland,
and to take that theatre to our
communities and to the world.

Our values

Inclusive
Forward-thinking
Ambitious
Enquiring
Generous

Our vision

To be a 21st-century theatre without walls for everyone, that puts Scotland on the world stage and places culture at the heart of society.

  • We tell the stories that need to be told and take our work to wherever audiences are to be found.
  • We are a theatre for everyone, we want to break down the walls that prevent people from engaging with our work, whether economic, cultural or physical.
  • We showcase Scottish culture at home and around the world, presenting bold theatrical works in new ways.
  • We are a creative catalyst for the theatre sector in Scotland, driving joined-up talent development plans with partners across Scotland, to nurture theatre-makers at all stages of their careers and reflect the diversity of contemporary Scotland.
  • We creatively respond to Scotland’s unique landscape by performing on ferries, in pubs, forests, tower blocks and swimming pools and digitally as well as on the biggest stages and in the smallest community halls.
  • We have an inherently flexible model and we create work with an array of theatrical, cultural and civic partners.

We are committed to broadening the lived experience in our staff and board teams, particularly in leadership positions, of priority groups such as:

  • People of colour
  • Disabled people
  • People from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • People from rural and remote areas
  • Gender and sexually diverse people
  • Neuro-diverse people
  • People using Gaelic, Scots languages and BSL

We recognise and actively promote the benefits of a diverse workforce and we are committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Summary of governance structure

The National Theatre of Scotland is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity. The company is governed by a Board of Directors.

The Executive leadership of the National Theatre of Scotland is headed by the Artistic Director and Chief Executive who forms the Executive Leadership Team with the Executive Director.

They are supported by the Senior Management Team, who have responsibility for all operational matters and decisions. All major policy decisions are ratified by the Board of Directors.

The Board has overall responsibility for the organisation’s good governance including overseeing its strategic direction, policy setting, resources, safeguarding its reputation and values, and ensuring its financial wellbeing.

New directors are appointed by the Board and may serve for a period of up to four years, after which period there is the possibility of re-appointment for a further period of up to four years. All new appointments must be approved by the members of the company at General Meeting. The Board elects the Chair and the Deputy Chair of the Board.

Board meeting schedule

The Board meets four times a year: in March, June, September and December.

The Board is supported by three sub-committees.

1. The Risk and Audit Committee meets twice a year and exists to:

  • Oversee the external audit process and the internal audit function.
  • Review the internal financial and non-financial control environment.
  • Review company procedures and systems for risk management.

2. The Finance Committee meets four times a year and exists to:

  • Review the ongoing financial performance of the organisation, through consideration of all budgets, forecasts, management accounts and the annual financial statements.
  • Ensure the regular review of all financial policies, procedures, protocols and systems.

3. The People and Performance Committee meets twice a year. The Committee exists to:

  • Establish the remuneration principles of the company.
  • Consider Board membership and composition and establish a proper framework for recruitment.
  • Maintain an overview of the Company’s human resource and staff development policies and procedures.

In addition to the above-stated meetings, a joint Finance and Audit Committee also meets once a year to review the year-end financial accounts.

All Committees review and approve their respective terms of reference on an annual basis, which is then formally approved at the Board meeting.

The company follows best practice in terms of corporate governance, embraces the virtues of diversity and equal opportunities in all its business dealings, and acknowledges the need and right of everyone connected with the organisation to be treated with respect and dignity in an environment in which a diversity of backgrounds and experience is valued.

Accessibility

National Theatre of Scotland is committed to being a company for all of Scotland.

For our staff, board and freelance community we offer;

  • Step free access to the building, all meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted

*No hearing loop

We are also fully committed to ensuring that all potential audience members have access to our programme of work. We are engaged in a number of initiatives and partners to ensure we are working strategically to achieve better representation across audiences, staff and artists. Our overall ambition is to achieve greater inclusion across the following priority groups:

PRIORITY GROUPS

  • People from ethnic minority communities
  • Disabled people
  • People from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • People from rural and remote areas
  • Gender and sexually diverse people
  • People using Gaelic, Scots languages and BSL

This is reflected in our programme and in the following examples of our current initiatives.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

We have aimed to offer integrated BSL interpretation for all of our productions since 2019. We are also aiming for each production, at each venue, to have an audio described performance, a touch tour, a captioned performance, and a visual guide available in advance with a breakout space at the performance.

We are also continuing to trial the use of subpacs in some of our shows, which is a form of transformative wearable audio technology that converts sound into high fidelity vibrations for deaf and hard of hearing audiences. 244 people accessed SubPacs during our Futureproof Festival in 2018, and in 2019 we made them available for Them! and Dear Europe.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 18th July 2022
    Candidates informed of outcome:  Tuesday 26th July 2022
    Interviews: 11th August and 12th August 2022

     

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