Join our Board

We are seeking dynamic and committed people with a range of experience, skills and community perspectives to join its Board of Directors as a trustee and help plan the theatre’s exciting future. Anyone interested in finding out more can come along to a Board Social at the theatre on Wed 4 September at 5pm.

Chief Executive Jo Gordon explains: It is an exciting time at Royal & Derngate as we develop activity on our stages and in our communities. By sharing some of their time and knowledge at meetings and events throughout the year, board members will have fun, develop their own networks and experience, and help us to make a difference to even more people in Northamptonshire and beyond.”

Different candidates will bring different skills and experience to the Board so the theatre is encouraging anyone to apply who meets some of the following criteria.

Candidates should have a genuine passion and interest in Royal & Derngate and Northampton Filmhouse, a willingness to learn of the legal duties and responsibilities of being a director and to act as an ambassador for the organisations work to potential funders, audiences, the business community, and/or local BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ communities.

Useful skills and experience include strong connections in and knowledge of communities in Northampton, a knowledge about the arts, experience of working within charity or education environments and fundraising expertise. Other relevant areas of experience include working in an operational or engineering environment, working in personnel and lived experience of disability or the BAME community.

Full training and support will be provided for any candidate that meets some of the criteria, making this an ideal first-time Trustee role on a board of directors.

Bernie Lally, who currently serves as a trustee on the Royal & Derngate board, comments: “2019 is key time for someone to join us at Royal & Derngate, while theatre is responding quickly to the challenges of increasing its diversification of access and opportunity. Alongside a backdrop of austerity this means we need innovative and effective leadership. Royal & Derngate has made great strides towards meeting these challenges and we are seeking Trustees who can help to build on this work. There’s also a key opportunity for us as Trustees to influence the role culture plays in place-shaping as Northamptonshire goes through local government reform to become two new unitary authorities.”

More information can be found here or people can find out more by coming along to the Board Social on Wed 4 September at 5pm. To register interest in this event people should email [email protected].