Berkshire Theatre Company Seeking a New Chair and Trustee 602 views

The Watermill’s purpose is to create great shows that audiences love…

From their home in a converted Watermill in rural West Berkshire, which seats just 220 people, Watermill Theatre have produced award-winning work that has been recognised throughout the UK and abroad. The very best artists and creative teams, both established and at early stages of their careers, are their lifeblood, earning The Watermill a reputation as one of the very best producing theatres in the country.

Alongside West End transfers and national and international tours of our work, Watermill creates productions for small-scale touring, ensuring that those living in rural isolation are able to enjoy high quality theatre on their doorstep. They also tour to schools taking scaled-down, vibrant productions of classic texts in to the classroom to support students’ learning.

Their belief that everyone deserves a chance has led to a thriving education and participation programme, which works with around 13,000 people every year at The Watermill and in the wider community. They now have two exciting vacancies, for a new Chair and general Trustee. Please see below for more information:


    • Commitment to the vision and ambition of the Watermill Theatre
    • Ability to lead and  motivate the Watermill Board
    • Ability and stature to challenge the Artistic Director
    • A proven track-record in another non-executive role preferably as a chairman
    • An active interest/knowledge of the arts
    • Knowledge of corporate governance and charitable responsibilities
    • Ability to devote time to The Watermill to include

o Bi-monthly board meetings

o Attendance at shows, fundraising events, annual Away Day, etc

o Availability for phone and in person advice

  • Ability to act as an advocate and ambassador for The Watermill when required
  • Ability to assist in relationships with key stakeholders including the ACE, local community , staff
  • Ideally locally based as in 45-60 min drive time from Watermill




  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document – sometimes known as a trust deed, constitution, or articles of association.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives – the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how ‘charitable’ and ‘worthwhile’ those activities are.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds.
  • Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

Applicants should apply by sending a CV and cover letter to:

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