Purpose Of The Role
Board members at Theatr Clwyd oversee the company’s strategy, finances, operations, and governance, working with the Executive and Senior Leadership Team.
According to the Charity Commission, there are six essential duties of a Trustee:
- To ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
- To comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
- To act in your charity’s best interests
- To manage your charity’s resources responsibly
- To act with reasonable care and skill
- To ensure your charity is accountable.
New board members will have a passion for theatre and the arts and have the confidence and ability to become part of Theatr Clwyd’s board at this exciting, yet challenging time.
Theatr Clwyd is a cultural hub, producing world-class theatre in the hills of North Wales. Since 1976 we have been serving our communities and delivering the highest quality theatre and arts experience for the people of North Wales and beyond.
Our mission is increasingly important to us in all that we do.
To make the world a happier place, one moment at a time.
We are fortunate enough to be one of very few theatres in the UK to build sets, make costumes, paint scenery and create props inhouse. These essential theatre making skills ensure that we can push theatrical boundaries to create stunning shows from the seed of a writer’s imagination. Since 2018 this has been recognised by the theatre industry with awards from UK Theatre, The Stage and the Olivier’s.
The development of theatre makers in our community is key to sustaining Wales and the UK’s cultural sector. We have spaces for writers and companies dovetailed with technical apprenticeships and trainee directors to create a building which supports emerging creatives in developing artistic excellence.
We use our skills to underpin social transformation in our communities. We creatively address social and educational challenges such as youth justice while bridging social and economic divides. We recognise the immediate impact and long term benefits the arts can provide to aid psychological and physical wellbeing. We collaborate with Wales’ largest NHS health board and local social services to meet the challenges facing health and social care by supporting our communities.
We have a recent annual turnover of around £7m and are funded by a combination of Arts Council Wales, Flintshire County Council, box office ticket sales, commercial income and fundraising from individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate sponsorship.
Hours: 4 Board meetings per year, evenings on weekdays. Some committee work between meetings.
Salary Range: This is a non-remunerated position, though reasonable travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Closing Date: Friday 15th October 2021
As a member of the Board of Trustees, you will:
- Ensure that Theatr Clwyd pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
- Ensure that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these
- Be responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour
- Ensure that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard in pursuit of its objects. This includes compliance with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
- Ensure that Theatr Clwyd uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
- Act as a guardian of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application
- To approve the Business Plan, including overall objectives and budgets while delegating implementation to the Executive and Senior Leadership Team
- Agree the setting of strategy and budgets and establish Theatr Clwyd’s policies
- Periodically evaluate the board's effectiveness in consultation with the Senior Leadership Team
- Ensure the effective and efficient administration and operations of Theatr Clwyd in accordance with its strategy, budgets and policies
- Ensure Theatr Clwyd’s financial stability and sustainability
- Set the remuneration of the executive team
- Safeguard the reputation and values of Theatr Clwyd.
- Each trustee is expected to:
- Be committed to equality and diversity
- Support the executive team’s vision within the context of Theatr Clwyd’s history and identity, and to provide critical oversight with regards to the practical and financial implications of the artistic and community programme
- Use your specific skills, knowledge, experience, and perspectives to help the board reach sound decisions
- Be confident and able to express your opinions and constructively challenge those of others
- Be able to support the wider team with relevant skills and knowledge
- Contribute actively to the board’s role in giving strategic direction to Theatr Clwyd, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed objectives and targets
- Attend Theatr Clwyd productions as regularly as possible
- Support company members in their activities through attendance at key events including community work (where appropriate), fundraising and advocacy events
- Use professional and arts networks for the benefit of Theatr Clwyd
- Exercise good, independent judgement
- Demonstrate commitment to Theatr Clwyd and act in the best interest of the charity
- Comply with the policies of Theatr Clwyd
- Avoid a conflict of interest. A board member is under a duty to disclose the nature of any interest which they have in any contract to which Theatr Clwyd is a party
- Devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil their role as trustee.
The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. You will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.
We expect our Trustees to have a strong empathy with our vision and mission as outlined within the most recent business plan.
We are seeking candidates with experience, skills, and expertise in the following:
- Theatre and/or wider arts sector
- Financial Management
- Experience of trading subsidiaries and hospitality
- Health, Social Care or Community benefit/Third Sector
- Wales Arts and/or business sector
We also seek the lived experience of people who are black or from the global majority; of trans and non-binary people, and of people who live with a disability
We welcome, and encourage people who are able to speak Welsh to apply
Interest in the arts and theatre sector, combined with an in-depth understanding of our work and ambitions are particularly sought.
Trustees are jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with our governing documents, legal and regulatory guidelines.
All trustees should be aware of their individual and collective responsibilities and should not be overly reliant on one or more individual trustees in any particular aspect of the governance of the charity.
- Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives
- A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
- A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
- A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
Knowledge, skills and understanding:
- Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
- Good, independent judgement and strategic vision
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Executive Team.