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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Trustee Vacancy

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are at the early stages of looking for a new trustee who has a legal background and almost certainly this would be someone who works for a law firm in Bristol or who lives locally and worked either locally or further afield.

It would suit someone who has recently retired but equally it could suit someone who is planning their retirement and looking to gain valuable non-exec experience or someone who is in practice and can dedicate the time the role requires. The legal discipline the person is or was in does not matter particularly as the Trust has its own legal advisors. An interest in Theatre and Film and the dramatic arts is needed and they would be supporting one of Bristol’s iconic institutions. The maximum term as a trustee is 3 terms of 3 years.

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As a Trustee your involvement could involve one or more of the following

  • Attending Council of Trustees meetings which happen about 5 times a year in central Bristol
  • Attending meetings of any subcommittee you agreed to join - currently we have finance and audit and student welfare but we are about to embark on a governance review so new avenues may emerge
  • Supporting the CEO and Principal on particular issues, particularly if there is a legal or business element. You would not be advising as such. The School has its own legal advisers
  • Attending some of the performances the students put on. This is certainly not compulsory but one of the fun parts of the role. You can try and spot who is going to be the next Olivia Coleman etc...
  • Similarly attending the dress rehearsal of the showcase the final year students put on for agents
  • Going into the School periodically to soak up the atmosphere and generally to keep in touch with what the School does and observe some classes

The school is a vibrant and amazing institution but like every arts organisation does at the moment, it has its challenges too.  As a trustee, you would certainly be contributing to the future success of an important part of the soft power of the UK.

If anyone is interested in the position, the current Trustee with a legal background would be very happy speak to speak to you. Please contact who can then put you in touch.