Chair of Board of Governors

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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


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Role Managed by:

Harriet Howlett

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 24/04/2020

Formal Interview Date: w/c 15th June

Trinity Laban is a world-leading institution in the education of professional musicians, contemporary dancers, and musical theatre artists. Our international reputation attracts students from throughout the UK and around the world. Delivered by eminent staff in outstanding facilities and sustained by partnerships through the cultural industries, our programmes ensure that graduates are ideally positioned to succeed in the ever changing and competitive fields of the performing arts.

The Conservatoire is a major centre of excellence in the performing arts. We are one of the largest of the UK conservatoires with around 1,200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.

Trinity Laban has a mission to reach out to all sections of society as force for cultural and social progress. We are proud of our diverse community and our unparalleled commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and social mobility. Our intensive and individualised teaching and support enables a diverse student body to achieve employment success in one of the most competitive areas of the economy. In contrast to some other London conservatoires where privately educated students form the majority, around 88% of Trinity Laban’s UK students come from state schools.

Our Board is now looking to appoint a successor to Harriet Harman as Chair of our Board of Governors, at what is a particularly exciting and significant time for Trinity Laban.

The Chair is responsible for the leadership of the  Board of Governors, ensuring the highest standards of governance and probity, overseeing the strategic mission, direction and affairs of Trinity Laban by providing guidance, support and constructive challenge to our executive leadership. The Chair will ensure that the necessary business is carried out efficiently, effectively and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of the public business. S/he will act as an ambassador for Trinity Laban, raising its profile and promoting its mission at every opportunity.

Our next Chair will have a proven track record of success and breadth of experience at the most senior levels as leader; ideally well-networked in both the private and public sectors. With a passion the performing arts and a commitment for the aims of higher education and the specific values and mission of Trinity Laban s/he will be a strategic thinker with a strong intellect and sound judgement combined with an open-minded, collegiate approach and good communication skills. The new Chair will command respect internally and externally. The capacity to represent Trinity Laban effectively and to lead, develop and shape our Board of Governors  to ensure effective governance and an understanding of the appropriate interaction between the Executive and Non-Executive are essential.

Trinity Laban values diversity and equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The closing date for applications is 09:00hrs (BST) on Friday 24th April 2020. 

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