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Board Trustees – The Work Room

The Work Room is seeking new Board Trustees

We are seeking 2 people to join our Board in 2024 to work alongside our existing board trustees in supporting The Work Room in its mission to empower artists in making thoughtful and pioneering dance for diverse contexts at home and internationally.

Who we are looking for?

As a registered charity, The Work Room’s board of trustees are legally and ethically responsible for governing the organisation. The board includes artists from our membership as well as people who bring their experience from other areas of work. Collectively they support the strategic vision and leadership of the charity and ensure The Work Room remains true to its values, relevant to our artist communities, is well managed and financially sustainable. 

We’d love to hear from you if you share our values and are:

  • Keen to generously share your experience and skills to support our work with independent dance artists;
  • Committed to working inclusively to ensure our work is accessible and relevant;
  • Interested in experimentation and new ideas as we respond to current and future challenges.

Some of the skills and knowledge that would be useful include:

  • Third sector, social and community development models;
  • Organisational development and HR;
  • Research and Higher Education;
  • Finance and fund-raising;
  • Buildings, design and architecture;
  • Experience and knowledge in dance, across different styles & genres;
  • Environment and sustainability;
  • Digital working;

You don’t need to have previous experience of being on a board and for many of our existing trustees, this has been their first experience in such a role. The Trustees work collectively and you will be provided a full induction to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a charity trustee. We also sign post to and encourage trustees to undertake training opportunities which guide on best practice in governance. 

We also want to make sure our board is made up of a diverse range of intersectional identities and experiences. The Work Room recognises systemic exclusion within the arts sector and we are striving to put equity and inclusion at the heart of our work. We are working towards an Anti-Racism practice and we want the board to reflect the diversity of our membership. 

You can read about our current board members here.

What the role involves:

The role of the Board of Trustees is to support the work of The Work Room and provide leadership and strategic governance, in line with the core purpose and policies of the company. The Work Room is a charity, and our board of trustees are guided by the guidance and good practice provided by the Office of Scottish Charity Regulator. OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator)

The board usually meets four times a year online and at an annual in-person away day. In addition to this we have an AGM (Annual General Meeting) of all members, and board members may get involved in events, training or on sub-committees focused on specific areas of work. In preparation for these meetings and to enable us to move decisions forward there is also in between work anticipated such as reviewing board papers including financial reports. A key aspect of the role is to build a collegiate working relationship with The Work Room staff team and other board members contributing to collective and considered decision making.

Co-Chair:

The Work Room operates a co-chairing approach in which two members are responsible for effectively facilitating and steering the board and governance processes. They also have responsibility for line-managing the Director. Our model has been for one Co-Chair to be an artist member and one to bring their experience from another area of work.

We are specifically seeking one new trustee who will take on the role of Co-Chair. They will work with along with designated co-chair Kirsty Alexander. Kirsty is Work Room artist member and freelance dancer and teacher. She specializes in dance training and in the ongoing development of professional dancers.

For more information and how to apply, please visit: https://theworkroom.org.uk/opportunities/the-work-room-is-seeking-new-board-trustees2024