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Seize this unique chance to help propel Scottish Ballet and its visionary creative leadership forward. Make a meaningful and lasting contribution to Scottish Ballet’s mission, and global ambition, and help it to shine even brighter by inspiring both onstage and beyond.

  • Location: Scotland/Remote
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Based in Glasgow, Scottish Ballet is the national dance company of Scotland. Since its inception in 1969, the Scottish Ballet has been at the forefront of creative innovation and endeavour.

Scottish Ballet seeks to recruit two Trustees to the Board, to ensure it succeeds in all aspects of its role as one of Scotland’s five National Performing Companies. The company has an ambitious global strategy, which includes continuing to broaden its reach and membership; amplifying the award-winning work it produces for stage and screen; and ensuring broad access for its transformative Engagement work.

Who we are

Scottish Ballet began in 1969 when Peter Darrell accepted an invitation to relocate Western Theatre Ballet (Bristol) to Glasgow, giving Scotland its own resident classical ballet company. From its inception, the Scottish Ballet was known for staging exciting new works throughout the UK.

Scottish Ballet’s mission has evolved. Then as now, it seeks to: ‘Inspire on stage and beyond,’ but in recent years, this mission has moved beyond the United Kingdom, through more regular international touring and the creation of ambitious short-form and full-length feature films that have gained a global following.

A new five-year strategy was launched in 2017 – ‘Towards 50 and beyond’. This set out the aims and ambitions of the company as it worked towards its 50th anniversary in 2019. As part of this strategy, a major commissioning programme was initiated (to produce five new full-length ballets over five years) and a commitment to build a global audience base through international touring and wider engagement (including via creating unique screen content).

As this next phase of this strategy unfolds ‘Breaking Ground, beyond 50’, Scottish Ballet has refined its set of values: Innovation, Inclusion and Excellence, and introduced an ‘audacious goal’ to grow its global community to one million by 2027. The strategy sets out a plan to achieve this by broadening reach, building relationships, and with the ultimate end-goal to generate revenue to support the company’s activities and ensure long-term financial sustainability.

Underpinning this goal is a commitment to new work and new voices, both for stage and screen, breaking down barriers to access and to delivering inspiring community engagement and educational programmes that promote and support wellbeing across the whole of life cycle.

You can read more about Scottish Ballet’s outreach here:

Credit: Andy Ross

 

Global reach

Scottish Ballet continually works to increase the understanding of its ‘audiences’ in the very broadest sense and in turn wants to deepen its relationship with them. A revised Friends scheme is Scottish Ballet’s new global membership programme, providing meaningful, long-term connections across international touring markets, as well as at home, through unique and engaging stage, screen, and participation offerings.

The Trustees’ role in the mission and vision

The Trustees of the Scottish Ballet play an important role in delivering its mission. In this desire for greater global brand reach and increased digital engagement/membership, their role is to support and enable the company to grow, develop, and shine on the world stage. Each of the Trustees has statutory and regulatory governance responsibilities relating to Scottish Ballet’s contract with the Scottish Government and its broader charitable purposes.

 

Credit: Andy Ross

“Narrative ballet has long been stuck in the 1800s; rarely does anything that looks like the 21st century appear on the ballet stage. Choreographic duo Morgann Runacre-Temple and Jessica Wright have achieved that in Coppélia, one of the most twee of 19th-century ballets reimagined as a modern cautionary tale with elements of thriller, satire and philosophical inquiry.”

The Guardian on Coppélia

“The choreography, blending ballet with jazz, disco moves and a touch of robotics, flows in an enjoyable and intelligent way. The human-to-human interactions are eloquent, the ensemble numbers eye-filling, particularly where the Coppélia replicas are multiplied ad infinitum in video projections”

Culture Whisper on Coppelia

The Crucible

Sunday Times on the Crucible

“a bewitchingly good show”

 

Helen Pickett – The Scotsman on the Crucible

The action tumbles and sputters, as it trips over its contradictions, spikes with adulterous desire, slows to a terrifying halt, flows with transcendent love, is pedantic with faith, and is solidly courageous.

Live rehearsal for World Ballet Day

About the role

Supporting the Chair, Board, and executive team, it is the responsibility of each Trustee to lead Scottish Ballet, ensuring its values, distinct identity and financial security are maintained. Scottish Ballet is looking for Trustees who:

  • Understand the difference between executive and Trustee leadership roles,
  • Will provide sound, relevant leadership experience and input to Board deliberations
  • Will act as a ‘sounding board’ to the visionary ideas of the executive and Scottish Ballet leaders.

Trustees must have an aligned vision with that of Scottish Ballet, helping to ensure that it succeeds as Scotland’s National Dance Company. They are expected to contribute to Board leadership and deliberations, supporting the executives and company through their own experience, but also through their networks, and where invited, through supporting and mentoring.

In these roles, Scottish Ballet is looking for two Trustees who will help propel the vision of Scottish Ballet to build on its reputation as a global brand through its digital engagement and global Membership initiatives.

With a specialism and proven track record in one or both areas, they will:

  • act as a trusted advisor and mentor and,
  • challenge thinking and provide insight, content and guidance

Similarly, the Trustees will act as an ambassador for Scottish Ballet, contributing to its new and existing successful stakeholder relationships. Each Trustee will share the board responsibility for identifying and implementing clear strategic direction, consistent with the national and global growth ambitions to which Scottish Ballet aspires.

They will input into succession arrangements, both at the Trustee and Executive level and will recognise the responsibility of overseeing a well-governed institution, ensuring its longevity and negating risk by providing vision, experience of good management and forward planning.

Attending Board and committee meetings and actively contributing where appropriate, they will demonstrate the right leadership behaviours to support a positive culture of innovation, growth, and collaboration within the company.

Who we are looking for

Scottish Ballet aspires to be a well-known global brand. Candidates might identify with one, or come with a mixture of experiences from both these roles.

 

1. Digital Engagement/ Membership (global)

Someone who has a deep understanding of the technology environment and its potential impact on different aspects of the work of Scottish Ballet. In addition, someone with strong commercial marketing experience, preferably in one or more of these areas:

  • broadcasting and communication,
  • digital marketing strategy and sales,
  • media or product development.

Candidates need to have experience of digitally transforming a business through membership, and by meeting customer demand for content and experiences. An understanding of how membership can support the company’s artistic innovation and finally, an ability to inform and critique the company’s membership/digital strategy and communicate strategic and technological digital issues simply and in compelling terms are important.

2. Global Brand Strategy

Someone who has experience working in an international environment, most likely in a brand agency or consumer-facing business. Experience working with high-profile consumer brands and businesses is important and experience should also ideally include launching products or services in new territories.

Strong commercial expertise in building brand strategies and/or global marketing campaigns is preferred in addition to the demonstrated ability to evaluate Scottish Ballet’s brand impact on the profile and reach of the company nationally and internationally. Finally, an ability to inform and critique the company’s brand/ communications strategy and communicate strategic issues simply and in compelling terms is vital.

Time Commitment:

We expect the time commitment for Trustees to be around half a day a month. This is inclusive of reading board papers, preparing for and attendance at meetings and events and ad hoc discussions with board members and the executive team.

Board

  • Three full board meetings annually (in Glasgow or Edinburgh), usually 3 hours in length
  • One full-day board/ strategy meeting annually (out of Glasgow, usually London)

Governance committees

Each NED is asked to participate in one of the following Board committees:

  • Finance & Operations: Four (3-hour) meetings annually (hybrid)
  • Audit & Risk: Two (3-hour) meetings annually (hybrid)
  • Nominations and Remunerations: meetings scheduled as required (hybrid)

Other

NEDs are invited to participate in company-wide committees that may interest them:

  • Dance Health Committee
  • EDI Committee
  • Environmental Group
  • Gala Committee
  • Fundraising Committee

The term of office is three years from the date of appointment. Trustees can serve up to 6 years if re-elected.


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

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rebekah Abbott

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Welcome from the Chair

25/08/15 - 15082502 - CLYDESDALE BANK GLASSGOW Jim Pettigrew, Chairman.

Scottish Ballet is a national company with a global ambition. We lead with our values – Excellence, Inclusion and Innovation – and deliver inspiring creative outcomes that resonate both at home and abroad.

The power of dance is used to inspire our audiences and communities, creating ‘a future where everyone can move, or be moved’. As a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Ballet, you will play an integral part in progressing this vision.

Along with our award-winning productions for both stage and screen, Scottish Ballet delivers a world-leading Dance Health programme and a wide range of educational and engagement programmes promoting the positive benefits of dance within our communities.

Whilst ensuring due diligence and governance across all areas of Scottish Ballet’s operations, Non-Executive Directors also bring depth and breadth to conversations. Our Board has rigorous discussions and debates that feed into strategy and progress our creative enterprise; ultimately driving our brand forward in a way that all in Scotland, and beyond, can be proud of.

Can you help Scottish Ballet to be a world leader in dance?

Jim Pettigrew
Chair


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

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

Credit: Andy Ross

About Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet has a clear artistic vision of being bold, adventurous in its performances and desirous in exploring new styles and pushing the boundaries of creativity. Scottish Ballet is about more than just today’s performance. Its desire is to create ballet that makes a lasting impact, to develop dance as an art form and through this, to improve the lives of future generations. These are vital golden threads that are woven into the fabric of Scottish Ballet as a global brand — and informs its work on digital engagement and on building a global membership base from which they can amplify the impact of its work.

Scottish Ballet’s vision is demonstrated through:

  • A dedication to supporting the arts and communities in Scotland.
  • Evolving the art form of dance.
  • Creating participation programmes which are open to all ages and abilities.

1. Supporting the Arts and Communities in Scotland:

Scottish Ballet nurtures the talent of tomorrow, supporting dancers, choreographers and a wide range of artists. Its goal: to inspire excellence and creativity in everyone and bring dance to people they haven’t reached before.

The Next Generation Campaign is focused on just this, bringing in new voices, transforming how they work and what audiences will see on stage – transcending styles and breathing new life into the art form.

The Scottish Ballet’s message is simple: everybody is welcome. Scottish Ballet wants to bring the joy and benefits of dance to everyone regardless of age, ability and background. Its engagement programme is uniquely linked to the repertoire and promotes confidence, fosters well-being and encourages creativity in all by delivering inspirational programmes tailored to the needs of each group.

 

Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

2. Developing the art of dance

Scottish Ballet has raised the standard of professional training in Scotland to support the future of ballet – and dance more generally, through:

They have achieved this through:

  • Associate Programme: inspires young dancers to go beyond the limits of a regular dance class and aim for the top levels of their art.
  • BA Modern Ballet degree: delivered in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, gives aspiring professional dancers access to world-class training in Scotland.
  • MMus (Piano for Dance) degree: this is the only course of its kind in the world and is accredited by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This course combines professional teaching with practical training and prepares graduate pianists for a career in the world of professional dance.

3. An open stage

Scottish Ballet’s participation programmes are open to all ages and abilities – from those who want to have fun, to those who dream of being a principal dancer. These aren’t just regular dance classes, they’re created especially for the groups they deliver them to. Some even have live music.

The project The Close introduces many at-risk young people (aged 11-18) to dance and music for the first time. Scottish Ballet works closely with professionals and educators to develop the programme – and has proved that the arts have the power to bring about positive behavioural changes.

Scottish Ballet also works with people living with Parkinson’s or dementia and MS  through bespoke programmes with the goal of impacting participants’ well-being positively, with a focus on concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, social isolation and depression.

 

Access, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

Scottish Ballet wants to ensure the joy and benefits of dance are accessible to everyone. Since 2020, this has been delivered through a variety of measures, most notably the partnership with Inc. Arts and latterly EDJI Arts to embed anti-racism throughout Scottish Ballet’s culture and work.

Additional tools that the Scottish Ballet incorporates into its performances are:

  • Audio descriptions and Touch Tours,
  • Captioned and Audio Described films
  • Relaxed Performances

Scottish Ballet is committed to offering a range of accessible classes, including those for people with neurological conditions. Scottish Ballet also has a range of on demand resources to get you moving in your own time, all of which are captioned. In particular, the “beside ballet” programme SB Duet has a selection of captioned and BSL-interpreted video classes and audio recordings.

In 2023, the Scottish Ballet was proud to be awarded the Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion award for The Shimmering Extraordinary by the Thomas Edison Film Festival.

Scottish Ballet believes that the narrative on inclusion begins with a strong stance on anti-racism. Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director, talks about how the need for change within ballet companies.

Scottish Ballet’s anti-racism initiatives aim to:

  • Become a more visible, active ally to people and organisations who demonstrate a sustained commitment to anti-racism,
  • Actively recruit people who are currently under-represented in ballet,
  • Reflect, company-wide, on areas that they can progress or improve on.

One immediate outcome has been the commitment to working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities, as a consequence of engagement with the GRT community in their representation within the film, The Secret Theatre, released in December 2020.

Further, the work towards improvement and active allyship is led by Scottish Ballet’s EDI Steering Group. The aim of the EDI Steering Group is to discuss, reflect and then, to implement and champion positive change.

The EDI Steering Group is supported through important partnerships, including EDJI ARTS, Intercultural Youth Scotland, and Ballet Black.

  • Anti-racism workshops delivered for all Board, staff and dancers in partnership with EDJI Arts. Additional workshops were led by consultant Davie Donaldson, an advocate for Scottish Travellers, to help the company better represent and promote Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
  • Adaptations made to both The Snow Queen and The Secret Theatre to better represent Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. This work is ongoing in current and future works.
  • Industry conversations and partnerships were created with companies such as EDJI Arts, Advisory Board for the Arts and Ballet Black.
  • Anti-racism and EDI are now standing agenda items for many team meetings at Scottish Ballet including at the Senior Leadership Group and Board Meetings.
  • A new paid internship specifically for a young person from the global majority.
  • The Safe to Be Me® digital festival showcased the work of young people in Scotland responding to themes of homophobia, racism, ableism, transphobia, bigotry and family diversity (in line with key Scottish Government targets).
  • A platform for anonymous complaints and reporting incidents of racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and other forms of bigotry, to help better protect the Scottish Ballet staff and dancers.
  • A key senior role within the organisation focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Policies in partnership with EDJI Arts and Intercultural Youth Scotland as a case study of good practice for presentation to the Scottish Government.
  • A series of podcasts that include frank discussions on the company’s heritage and the challenges of addressing racism within the ballet industry.
  • Engagement with the arts media to develop more paid opportunities for young writers from the global majority to access and critique the dance sector.
  • Scottish Ballet will continue to work in consultation with community leaders and partners and will remain open and transparent, as they journey to align the whole organisation in the practice of anti-racism.

Green Action Plan:

As Scotland’s national dance company and as a touring ballet organisation, Scottish Ballet recognises that everyone must play a part in tackling the global climate crisis by reducing the impact they have on the environment.

Scottish Ballet’s target is to be a net zero ballet company by 2030.

Scottish Ballet will continue to entertain audiences in Scotland and across the world, on-screen and on stage, and enrich the lives of those communities engaged with— without its work costing the earth.

Touring is a key requirement of Scottish Ballet as a National Performing Company; whether reaching rural communities or representing Scotland on the international stage. It aims to do this with a green action plan and carbon-neutral ambitions at the heart of the operating model. It requires a combined effort, and Scottish Ballet is ready for that challenge.

Credit: Andy Ross

To achieve the ambitious goal of reaching net zero by 2030, Scottish Ballet is asking its people to lead by example and to be responsible global citizens. Scottish Ballet is working to improve the efficiency of energy use at its home in Glasgow and to secure a partner that can meaningfully offset the impact of touring. Scottish Ballet will ask for support and alignment from its stakeholders and partners to achieve this.

Scottish Ballet will actively share its plans and ambitions with audiences and communities, holding itself accountable by regularly updating on progress and providing opportunities for making greener choices as well as seeking feedback.

The Green Action Plan will be embedded into the overall business strategy for the next five years to ensure they turn this ambition into action.

Awards from 2022-3 include:

Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company

Scottish BalletCritics’ Circle National Dance Awards

Best Classical Choreography

Jess and Morgs for Coppélia Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

Outstanding Female Classical Performance

Constance Devernay-Laurence as Swanhilda in Coppélia Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

Jury Stellar Award

Scottish Ballet for The Shimmering Extraordinary Thomas Edison Film Festival

 

 

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Award

Scottish Ballet for The Shimmering Extraordinary Thomas Edison Film Festival

Screendance Award

Scottish Ballet for The Shimmering Extraordinary Flatpack Film Festival

2022

Best Film

Scottish Ballet for Starstruck Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards


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

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

Accessibility information

Scottish Ballet is always striving to be as accessible as possible and to make reasonable adjustments where we can — and we are constantly working towards doing more.

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews

Board Committee meetings are held remotely by Teams. Board meetings are held in person, in Glasgow.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 30th October 2023
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    Monday 6th November 2023
    First stage interviews: Formal interviews (in-person) Monday 13th November (London)
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    Final interviews: (informal in-person) Monday 20th November  2023 (SBHQ Glasgow)

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