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Trustees

Trustees

We are looking for 4-6 passionate and keen individuals with experience in finance management, governance, fundraising, strategy and planning, marketing and theatre participation and production to join our founding board of Trustees and help us grow our nationally touring refugee theatre company into a Charity.

About Phosphoros Theatre

Phosphoros Theatre is an ambitious, grassroots refugee theatre company that has been making work performed by refugee actors since 2015.

Phosphoros Theatre makes and holds space for refugee communities, with a focus on current and former unaccompanied minors, to have their voices and stories heard through the making and watching of socially engaged theatre. Through training and collaborating with our core team of refugee actors we create bold, innovative theatre for the mainstream stage in an environment of high expectations. We nurture members of the company to develop lasting and transferable skills that support them as emerging artists, community leaders and young adults in their chosen field.

For more information on the role and Phosphorus Theatre's activities, please visit https://www.phosphorostheatre.com/trustee-advert

About the opportunity

As Phosphoros Theatre's activities and ambitions continue to grow, we are changing our structure from a Community Interest Company to become a Charity. We are seeking 4-6 passionate individuals to join our first ever board of Trustees, to work with each other and our three Artistic Directors to make our vision possible.

We're looking for people who share our love of high quality and inclusive theatre and performance, as well as our commitment to working with, for and alongside refugee communities. We are keen to meet people who can bring skills, knowledge and both professional and lived experience that will help us scale up. We're looking for people who can think strategically and creatively, work collaboratively and want to make a significant contribution to Phosphoros Theatre's future, as well as the wider theatre sector.

In line with all charities, Trustees are unpaid volunteers. Trustees must be able to commit to attending quarterly Board meetings and at least one Phosphoros Theatre production per year. Trustees must make time to read paperwork in advance of Board meetings and may be required from time to time to contribute to other activities as appropriate, for example fundraising, interviews and business plans, as agreed within specified task groups. Board meetings are usually held on weekday evenings in central London locations, and, where possible, will be arranged at least 2 months ahead. Travel costs will be paid if they are a barrier.

We are committed to nurturing a board that is representative, diverse and inclusive. We are interested to hear from individuals with experience in governance, as well as those new to Trustee positions. We welcome those with lived experience of forced migration and Leaving Care.

We are particularly interested in people with the following expertise:

  • Finance management
  • Fundraising
  • Producing national touring and mid-scale theatre
  • Arts participation and training
  • Theatre venue management
  • Strategy and planning
  • Marketing and branding
  • Growth and development
  • Safeguarding

We are in the early stages of becoming a Charity, so if you think you have a different set of skills that we haven't mentioned we'd still love to hear from you!

We need Board members to demonstrate:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Confidence and a willingness to speak their mind and ask tricky questions
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Understanding of safeguarding and confidentiality
  • Independent judgment
  • Commitment to making meetings inclusive and welcoming to Trustees with all levels of experience
  • Advocacy and networking skills to help us build new relationships
  • Willingness to offer expertise, skills and personal insight to support us
  • Passion for championing inclusive and refugee focused work

Time commitment

Trustees will be required to attend quarterly Board meetings in central London. Once sub-committees are established there will be up to 6 additional meetings per year. We would also hope Trustees would attend our performances across the UK (at destinations of their choice), plus fundraising events. There will often be documents to read before meetings (for example finance projections, funding applications or proposals), and Trustees will be provided with appropriate time to read these in advance. On occasion Trustees will be required to respond on email or phone in relation to issues that arise outside of Board meetings.

Terms of office

Trustees have a 3-year tenure with the Charity, with an opportunity to renew for a second term, also for 3 years.

Application process

To apply to become a Trustee please send your CV and a one page cover letter to Kate at hello@phosphorostheatre.com Your cover letter should outline why you would be a brilliant Trustee for Phosphoros Theatre and what excites you about our work. Please include two references. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 29th January. Interviews will take place on the evenings of Monday 3rd February or Wednesday 5th February.