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THE THEATRES TRUST     

THE THEATRES TRUST The Theatres Trust is The National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, established by The Theatres Trust Act 1976 'to promote the better protection of theatres' and has the powers to acquire or hold any theatre or land required for the benefit of any theatre, contribute to the acquisition of any theatre or land, and maintain or assist in the maintenance of any theatre. The Trust has a UK wide remit to provide leadership in the statutory planning and protection of theatres and to develop a strategic approach to achieving better protection for theatres. The main objective of The Theatres Trust is to safeguard theatre use, or the potential for theatre use.

The Theatres Trust delivers this through it role as a statutory consultee on planning and listed building applications. Local authorities are required to consult the Trust on planning applications affecting land on which there is a theatre. The Trust also assists in the maintenance of theatres, and offers pre-application advice and information on theatres and performing arts buildings in relation to architecture and design, heritage and conservation, property and planning, regeneration and development and theatre use

The Theatres Trust has identified three key aims to guide the direction of its work:
- To provide leadership in the statutory planning and protection of theatres;
- To develop a strategic approach to achieving better protection for theatres;
- To generate a higher profile for the Trust in order to increase the impact of its work.

Specifically, over the next three years, The Theatres Trust will continue to promote the better protection of theatres through increasing the impact of its statutory role, pursuing a broader cultural mission around five policy areas - Planning, Regeneration & Development, Architecture & Design, Theatre, and Heritage, and promoting the need for better planning to secure the future of theatre buildings and protect theatre use.

Role of Trustees
Trustees are required to:
- Employ a Director and to authorise him/her to carry out the day-to-day management of the Trust’s affairs within agreed guidance;
- Consider and, if thought fit, approve proposals from the Trust’s Director on policy matters and take key decisions on the work of the Trust;
- Ensure that there are proper, legal, administrative, and financial arrangements in place;
- Approve financial estimates, the accounts and the annual report before publication.

Trustees hold ex officio appointments on the Theatres Trust Charitable Fund, founded in 1977, which, in practice, carries out many of the Trust’s functions on its behalf.

Welsh Trustee Role

Changes in planning and cultural legislation over the recent past have created separate legislative frameworks within which The Theatres Trust operates in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is a priority to ensure that specialist knowledge of each of the nations and regions is present within the Trustee body.

In addition Trustees wish to ensure the Trust’s work in each of the nations is represented across the fields of Planning, Regeneration & Development, Architecture & Design, Theatre, and Heritage.

Essential Criteria

- The Theatres Trust is looking for one trustee, who must be based in Wales with a special knowledge of the nation;
- Able to represent on the Board the interests of Wales in relation to the work of the Trust;
- Excellent presentation and communication skills and the ability to promote the work of the Trust in Wales;
- A clear understanding of public accountability and how public value is achieved in practice;
- An understanding of the need to act with due diligence when reviewing and advising about the work of the Trust

In addition, candidates must be able to demonstrate significant personal experience in one or more of the following areas:

- Education, community and cultural development within regeneration areas, and engaging socially excluded groups in theatre-building based cultural activities;
- Public sector planning policy, architecture and the built environment, related to cultural provision, improving design and access, or the historic environment;
- Interactive technology, broadcasting and the media, related to promoting public interest and engagement in theatre, the arts and culture or the built environment.

Desirable Criteria

- In accordance with the Welsh Language Act, The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations it would be desirable if the candidate had a working knowledge of the Welsh language.


Theatre Performer Trustee Role

Essential Criteria
Candidates must be able to demonstrate significant personal experience in the following areas:

- Well known in the media and television for their work as a theatre actor and as a figurehead and ambassador for theatre;
- Significant professional experience as an actor in a wide variety of theatres across the UK;
- Public recogition for leading on diversity issues in theatre;
- An understanding of the need to act with due diligence when reviewing and advising about the work of the Trust.

Desirable Criteria
- An understanding how the design of theatre auditoria and perfoming spaces leads to a deeper engagment with audiences and creates meaningful relationships between performer and audience.

Other information
The Theatres Trust is located at 22 Charing Cross Road in central London. It employs 7 full time equivalent staff, including a Director, Architecture and Planning Adviser, a Planning Assistant, a Resources Officer, an Administrator, a Records Officer and a Website and Design Creative. Together The Theatres Trust and The Theatres Trust Charitable Fund achieved a turnover of approximately £307,000 in the eight month year 2006/07. Further information about the Theatres Trust, including a full copy of its latest Annual Report can be found on the Trust’s website at www.theatrestrust.org.uk

Time Commitment
4 meetings a year (usually Tuesday mornings in February, May, September and November). Trustees may be invited to other events and there may be special meetings to consider a major topic. A small number of Trustees also serve on an Executive Committee.

Term of Appointment
Trustees are appointed for a term of 3 years, with the possibility of review for a further term

Remuneration
The posts are not remunerated, however, Trustees will be reimbursed for expenses reasonably incurred in connection with their duties.

Location of Meetings
Central London.

Supporting Information
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will consult with devolved Ministers in Wales about the process and whom to appoint for the Wales Trustee post. The final appointments will however be the decision of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

DCMS promotes an equal opportunities policy. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments are regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation for whether or not you have dependents

Closing Date
The closing date for applications is 1 April 2008

Interviews
Interviews are scheduled to be held on 21 May 2008

How to apply
Application information from:
Sujan Kareer
Public Appointments
Dept. for Culture Media & Sport
2/4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5DH
Tel: 020 7211 2305
Fax: 020 7211 2323
Email: sujan.kareer@culture.gsi.gov.uk
Dept. for Culture Media & Sport  
web site
: www.culture.gov.uk/working_with_us/Public_appointments/pa_vacancies/

e-mail: sujan.kareer@culture.gsi.gov.uk
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