Theatres Trust Trustee

Body: Theatres Trust
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board meetings will take place in central London locations.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: This role is not remunerated. Reasonable and properly documented expenses will be repaid.
Time Requirements: There are 4 Board meetings each year and certain Trustees may on a voluntary basis sit on the 2 sub-committees Executive Committee and Fundraising Committee, which each usually meet 4 times a year. Other involvement is voluntary and on an as needed basis e.g. if the Executive seeks advice on given topics from particular Trustees.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Secretary of State has appointed Truda Spruyt as a Board Member at the Theatres Trust for three years from 7 October 2019 to 6 October 2022.

Date: 28/10/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews to be held on 17th and 22nd July 2019

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Theatres Trust is the national advisory public body for theatres.  We believe that current and future generations should have access to good quality theatres where they can be inspired by and enjoy live performance.  We champion the future of live performance, by protecting and supporting excellent theatre buildings, which meet the needs of their communities.

Established by the Theatres Trust Act 1976 and the Theatres Trust (Scotland) Act 1978 ‘to promote the better protection of theatres’ the Trust is a statutory consultee on planning. Local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales are required to consult the Trust on planning applications for all theatres.

We promote great theatre buildings by advising, funding and campaigning on behalf of theatres across the UK.  With expertise in architecture, heritage, planning and theatre management, each year we support more than 350 theatres, local authorities and community groups to create, adapt and save their local theatre as a valuable resource at the heart of the community.


The role

The chief role of the Trustees is to assist the Chair in meeting the Board’s overall responsibilities, in accordance with their statutory duties and the policies of the Secretary of State.  They must be able to attend the meetings of the Board, and such other meetings as may be necessary.  Board meetings are normally held 4 times a year in central London and there are currently 2 optional sub-committees; Executive Committee & Fundraising Committee who usually meet 4 times a year.

The Board of Trustees offers guidance and expertise to the Executive (the Director and staff of Theatres Trust).


Person Specification

Theatres Trust is seeking a Trustee with experience and skills in or around marketing, communications, digital media and branding. The other criteria applicable are as follows:

  • An understanding of and interest in the aims and objectives of Theatres Trust as the national advisory public body for theatres.
  • Able to facilitate communication between Theatres Trust, Government Ministers, the UK Parliament and the devolved administrations.
  • An understanding of and commitment to artistic and cultural landscape.
  • An advocate for Theatres Trust with an ability to actively promote its work to wider networks.
  • Committed to promoting cultural diversity and equality.

It is vital that candidates demonstrate a clear understanding of any potential for conflicts of interest between the public role and their own professional activity, and can propose ways to manage such a conflict if it arose.

Supporting Information

Trustees are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Further information on the Theatres can be found on its website at


Additional Information

Every year more than 5million people attend theatres we support.                                                                                                                         

We create theatres
We have supported the development of new theatres including HOME in Manchester, Streatham Space in London and the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.

We save theatres
We have helped save more than 80 theatres at risk since 2006, including Wilton’s Music Hall in London, Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle and Peterborough Broadway.

We adapt theatres
We have provided advice and support that has helped theatres to meet the changing needs of their communities, including Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, Liverpool’s Royal Court and York Theatre Royal.


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A copy of your CV, of no more than two sides;
  • A supporting statement, of no more than two sides, that evidences how you meet all the criteria in the Person Specification. Please provide examples of where your knowledge and experience matches the required criteria. It is important that you provide as much detail as possible, within a limit of two sides;
  • You should also complete the two disclosure forms providing details of any political activity, conflicts of interest, diversity monitoring form, and details of any public appointments held currently.


Please ensure you include preferred telephone number, as well as a preferred e-mail address, which will be used with discretion.

Applications should be emailed to: Please include ‘Theatres Trust’ in the subject heading. If you are unable to apply online, please post applications to: Public Appointments, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ

The appointments process will be conducted under the Governance Code on Public Appointments, and regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, which is based on three core principles of merit, openness and fairness.

If you would like to speak to someone about the appointment process, please contact Priya Mistry at DCMS, on

To talk to someone about the trustee roles themselves, please contact Tim Eyles, Theatres Trust Chair, on 07970 841915 or by email at

All applicants are expected to be familiar and compliant with the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 11pm. Please note that applications received after this point will not be considered.


Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in London on 17th and 22nd July 2019.  Please note that DCMS does not reimburse travel expenses for attendance at interviews.


Ministerial Message
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants
Final Role-Specification 2019
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