Northern Broadsides seeks Board of Directors (Trustees)

Closing Date: 26 October 2020

Northern Broadsides

Location: Halifax

Remuneration: Voluntary


A white drawing of a boars head within a black shield. Below black text reads: Northern Broadsides.

Board members will be expected to attend 4 meetings per year, either in person or remotely, which are currently held on Monday evenings between 4pm and 6pm. We are keen to make these roles as accessible to as many people as possible, so welcome applications from people who might only be able to join us remotely. Board membership is an active role and as a board member you will be called upon both during board meetings and at other times to support the Executive Team 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. Also to attend our performances, functions and events in support of Northern Broadsides.

Legal Role
Trustees are also 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
Ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
To comply with the charity’s governing document(s) and the law
To bring an external perspective to planning and strategy (and expertise, knowledge and skills)
To support the charity’s staff team
To understand, assess and take strategic risks
To carry out legal obligations
To act as an ambassador for the charity
To ensure fundraising is seen as a priority and contribute as appropriate

To positively promote the company and its work at events and through personal networks.
To use your influence to develop and broker new relationships, partnerships and potential supporters of Northern Broadsides.

Time Commitment
To attend Northern Broadsides shows and events, press nights, stakeholder events where possible.
To be available for consultation by the Northern Broadsides team at ad hoc times for support, guidance and advice
To attend all board meetings either in person or remotely and when necessary prepare certain items ahead of a meetings.
To be prepared to spend additional time in support of the company where particular opportunities or challenges require
(n.b. the above responsibilities are indicative and do not provide an exhaustive list)

Person Specification
Some of the skills, experience and life factors we are looking for include:

A belief that inclusivity and diversity should be at the heart of everything an arts company does
Understanding of, or willingness to learn, the roles and duties of a charity trustee and
company director including company policies, structures and liabilities
Ability to work as part of an effective committee of volunteers
Willingness and availability to represent the company at events when possible
Willingness to take an active role in understanding and interrogating company finances
Willingness to contribute to strategy
Sharing of Northern Broadsides’ vision and values.
Passion for the arts
Availability and time capacity to attend four Board meetings a year either in person or remotely
Availability to take part in other activity outside Board meetings as appropriate to member’s specific skillset eg. working sub groups, meetings with staff

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.