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About the opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen as the Burnley Empire Trust Board of Trustees are looking to recruit a number of new Trustees to join the Board to actively support the overall effective running of the charity, both organisational and financial.

The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Burnley Empire Trust, developing the organisations aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines ensuring Burnley Empire Trust's core purpose is carried out. New Trustees will help promote the preservation of the Burnley Empire Theatre and the aims of the charity through involvement at special meetings and events as well as attendance at Board or sub-committee meetings.

About Burnley Empire Trust

Founded in 2019, Burnley Empire Trust is a Preservation, Arts & Culture charity based in East Lancashire promoting the heritage and reuse of the iconic Burnley Empire Theatre within the local and wider community by developing an innovative preservation project for an exciting future for East Lancashire's last venue of its kind.

Burnley Empire is not just a theatre; it's a new destination for the people of Burnley and Lancashire. It will be a new centre of activity for local cultural and creative communities as well as a space for learning, socialising and collaboration for everyone. This is not just about restoring beautiful architecture; this is about building a new space that through its work will support local businesses and people and bring prosperity to Burnley, both in economic and social terms.

The charity aims to:

  • protect, preserve and restore for the benefit of the townspeople of Burnley in the county of Lancashire, and of the nation at large, the building known as Burnley Empire Theatre situated in cow lane, Burnley, and its environs, and its historical, architectural and constructional features;
  • promote, maintain, improve, assist and advance public access, appreciation and understanding in the arts including but not limited to design, architecture, drama, poetry, the spoken word, literature, mime, opera, music, dance, singing, art, photography and cinematography;
  • provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the residents of Burnley and its environs.

What are we looking for?

Burnley Empire Trust are looking to appoint candidates to complement the current Board of Trustees who are skilled, passionate, and experienced on a local and national level.

BET are specifically looking for expertise at a senior level in business/commerce, finance, and law including applicants with experience with funders, business, and public bodies.

BET are also looking for:

  • Good, independent judgement and a strategic vision
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of the Board

Trustees would need to attend 4+ meetings annually and there are opportunities to participate in sub committees.

Age requirement: Over 21

Practical Considerations

Trustees would need to attend 4+ meetings annually and there are opportunities to participate in sub committees.

For more information and detals on how to apply for the role, please contact Trustee and Chair of the Board Sophie Gibson via email at