Theatres Trust is the national advice and advocacy body for the UK’s theatres and are the only charity that supports all forms of theatres, whether old or new, commercial, subsidised or community-run. We are an arm’s length body under the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and a statutory consultee on theatres in the planning system.
We believe people should have access to theatres wherever they live across the UK, whether in small communities, towns or cities, so they can engage in creative activity and attend live performance.
We protect theatres and champion the future of live performance by advising and supporting our nation’s theatres to develop best practice in design and management following the four principles of resilience, environmental sustainability, inclusivity and placemaking.
We also campaign on behalf of theatres old and new and offer financial assistance through grants.
We have a dedicated team of around 10 staff. Our advice team has expertise in areas such as theatre architecture, design and heritage, theatre management, and town planning. They are supported by colleagues who manage, support and promote the Trust and its work.
The Theatres Trust Board consists of 15 people who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture and who have a range of expertise and experience to advise and support the management team.
Why the Theatres Trust is supporting Boardroom Apprentice
Theatres Trust is committed to diversity and inclusion in our work, with inclusion being one of the four pillars of our new three-year business plan. In order to support theatres to be more inclusive and accessible, serving the needs of all communities, we recognise we need to be more diverse and inclusive ourselves. We have made some progress in this area in recent years including improving the diversity of our board and undertaking EDI training with our whole staff and board team, but we know there is still more work to be done.
We were excited to be selected as a host organisation for the pilot programme for the Boardroom Apprentice scheme and were delighted to be matched with Manpreet Gil. We have benefitted enormously from having Manpreet taking part in our Board and Executive Committee meetings and attending our EDI training day. Manpreet has brought a fresh perspective to our work and organisational practices, drawing on both her personal background and her career experience. She has made invaluable contributions in all of the meetings she has attended, asking interesting questions and challenging our thinking in ways that existing board members may not have done.
This first year has been such a success, even exceeding our expectations, that we are keen to take part in the Boardroom Apprentice scheme again. As a friendly and dynamic organisation that ‘punches above its weight’, we will provide a supportive environment for someone to learn about being a board member, where their opinions and experiences will be encouraged and valued. The apprentice will be joining us at a crucial time for the theatre sector and will have an opportunity to make a real difference to our work.
Location of Board and Committee Meetings
Board and committee meetings are usually hybrid – in person in central London (either In Theatres Trust office at 22 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0QL or another location) with the option to join online. Once a year, we aim to hold a meeting outside of London combined with a visit to a theatre project we have been involved in
Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings
Board and committee meetings are held quarterly and take place weekdays during the day, usually 11am-1pm
Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)
Tues 26 March 2024,Tues 11 June 2024, Tues 24 September 2024 (+AGM),Tues 3 December 2024
Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)
Tues 20 February 2024
Tues 14 May 2024
Tues 3 September 2024
Tues 5 November 2024
Thurs 22 February 2024
Thurs 16 May 2024
Thurs 5 September 2024
Thurs 7 November 2024