Welcome to Derby Theatre

We’re pleased that you’re interested in our Trustee role and have decided to find out more.

ROLE TITLE: Derby Theatre Trustee

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Chair of the Board

We are seeking to grow and diversify the skillset of our Board of Trustees at a time of significant change. We are looking for trustees with a depth of experience within the cultural sector and theatre in particular. As we evolve we are seeking trustees who can help the board to govern the theatre, develop relationships in our city/region and build deep relationships with partners, funders and policy makers. 

It is important that you are passionate about the role art can play in empowering people’s lives and that you are willing to invest your time and energy supporting Derby Theatre to both deepen and broaden its audiences at this time. Previous trustee experience is not essential, and support and mentoring is available for new trustees.

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We are looking for Trustees who display the skills and characteristics below. You must be able to demonstrate that you meet most of these criteria:

- Strongly sympathetic with the mission, vision and values of Derby Theatre

- Integrity and impartiality

- The ability to build positive relationships and develop networks over time

- Intellectual curiosity to learn and discover more

- Drive and determination to do things better

- Committed to regular attendance, reliability and punctuality

- Motivated to working collaboratively with other trustees and staff

- Willing to complete a DBS check for safeguarding purposes

- An understanding of – or willingness to learn about – the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

- The ability to evaluate, analyse and scrutinize information relating to the charity

- A commitment to equal opportunities

- Willingness to make introductions to key individuals and/or companies which may have an interest in supporting the Theatre

In addition to the above requirements, we are seeking to add a range of specialist skills to complement our existing Board. We are specifically looking for individuals who fit at least one of the criteria below. It is not expected that you will meet all of these criteria, as we anticipate being able to identify a range of different candidates who will collectively enable us to address these skill requirements.


Young Representative: You will be a young person who is passionate about supporting other young people and getting their collective voice heard. You recognise both the need for individual young people from all walks of life to be empowered to fulfil their potential, and the importance of speaking up for a whole generation of young people to ensure they get a fair deal. 

Artist: You will be a practicing artist or academic with a deep knowledge and long standing commitment to the theatre profession. You understand the contemporary debates and trends within theatre practice and the need for a critical and rigorous approach. You recognise the valuable role that Derby Theatre has to play in debate around Learning and Theatre. 

Cultural Sector: You will be a cultural sector professional, probably working within a theatre. You will have a deep understanding of the theatre ecology, emerging practice and the qualities that make great theatre work. You will have a good understanding of the funding and fiscal environment that theatres exist within and the emerging cultural and funding policies that will affect our ability to be relevant and raise money.

Development and Fundraising: You will work within the cultural sector and probably be a development or fundraising professional. You will have experience of Statutory and Trusts and Foundations fundraising as well as individual giving and philanthropic programmes. You might have an understanding of the interplay between Culture and Higher Education from a fundraising and development perspective.

Community representation: At Derby Theatre we work in dialogue with the community we sit in, and we want this approach to permeate throughout our organisation, including our board. We therefore want to ensure that our board reflects the diversity of Derby and Derbyshire and that people living in the area have their voices heard.


The Trusteeship is an unpaid role with a commitment to attend around 12 meetings a year, including board meetings, committees and training. All trustees are encouraged to sit on or Chair a sub-committee relevant to their area of expertise. Trustees serve a maximum of two three-year terms from the date of appointment. After this time trustees step down for a minimum of one year before being eligible to stand for re-election. 

Trustees are not paid, however reasonable travel expenses incurred whilst on theatre business may be reimbursed. You can also expect invitations to press nights and events (which you are encouraged to attend whenever possible), and opportunities to develop such as training. Contributing to a board is also a great way to develop new skills and experience, and can therefore be highly beneficial.


You do not need to have any prior experience of being a Trustee or taking on a position of responsibility. We are keen to support young applicants and people from diverse backgrounds to develop their skills. 

Please note: We are unable to take applications from individuals who fall into the categories described in sections 178 to 180 of the Charities Act 2011. This includes:

- Anyone who has an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty;

- Anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt;

- Anyone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Court or the commission for misconduct or mismanagement;

- Anyone under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;

- Anyone who has entered into a composition or arrangement with their creditors which includes an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA), and is currently on the Insolvency Service Register


To apply to become a member of the Board of Trustees for Derby Theatre, please forward a comprehensive up-to-date CV together with a supporting statement explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role to:

- If you want to answer the SUPPORTING STATEMENT section as a video or audio file, please attach the files in an mp4 format, ensuring that they are no higher than 10MB or send via a we transfer link

- Email your completed application form, or files and equal opportunities monitoring form to

Please also provide the names, positions, organisations, email addresses and telephone contact numbers of two referees. References will only be taken up once your express permission has been granted. You are also asked to complete and return the enclosed diversity monitoring form. The information on the form will be treated as confidential, and used for monitoring purposes. The form will not be treated as part of the application. 

- Please save your document with a file name including your name and the role title,
e.g. Your Name – Trustee Application

We positively encourage disabled people, people of African or Caribbean heritage, South Asian heritage, East Asian heritage, West Asian heritage, Central Asian heritage, South East Asian heritage and people of Middle East and North African heritage and those who have experienced racism. By the term ‘those who have experienced racism’, we are referring to individuals who have experienced discrimination based on the colour of their skin, race and/or their culture. We guarantee to interview any candidate with a disability who meets the essential criteria for the role.

We aim to actively champion and celebrate diversity in all its forms. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all of those we work with and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

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