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Election of new Trustees and Officer

The Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association wishes to appoint three new Trustees to take up positions on the Board in Autumn 2019. We are looking for members of the BSA who are willing to give of their time to further the aims of the BSA, and with interests and expertise in the areas of (1) theatre and performance, (2) website and communications management, and (3) financial management.

General Responsibilities

Trustees of the BSA are required to attend three meetings of the Board of Trustees per year and the Association’s AGM in person or by videoconferencing
As a Trustee, you will share responsibility for helping the Board meet its charitable objectives. The BSA is a charitable company limited by guarantee and all Trustees share a responsibility to ensure that the BSA is managed well. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee, please read the documents published by the Charity Commission here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3. To make sure you are eligible to become a Trustee, please check the criteria on the Charity Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/help-run-a-charity

Benefits

As a member of the Board, you will gain

  • opportunities for networking, mentoring and collaboration with scholars, practitioners and education professionals in Shakespeare studies.
  • professional development through contributing to a non-profit charitable organisation.
  • a wider perspective on Shakespeare and advance knowledge of Shakespeare-related events and research.
  • the opportunity to steer the organisation to better meet the needs of practitioners in theatre, radio, tv, film, education, and academia, and to engage members of the public with the work of Shakespeare.

Description of Roles

Trustee: Theatre and Performance

The Board is in the process of setting up a Performance and Media Sub-Committee to better represent the interests of the theatrical community within the BSA. We seek to appoint a new Trustee who will work with existing BSA members who are interested in being on the Committee and to act as its Chair, informing the Board of the current interests and matters of concern amongst theatre practitioners of all types (performers, designers, directors, company managers) and TV), from individuals to larger-scale companies, and across media (live performance, touring, radio, tv and film).

Nominations: If you wish to nominate yourself for this role, please submit a 300 word (max) statement that outlines your interest in the role and your professional experience/affiliation by email to the BSA’s Chair, Alison Findlay, a.g.findlay@lancaster.ac.uk, by 1 August 2019.

Trustee: Website and Communications

We seek to appoint a Trustee to assist Dr Brett Greatley-Hirsch, our Web and Communications Officer. Having recently invested in a newly-updated website running on WordPress, coordinated with a new mailing list on MailChimp and facilities for BSA conference and events registration. The persona appointed will assist Dr Greatly-Hirsch to maintain the very successful running of these current systems and will help in the development of new areas of virtual communication with members, including videoconferencing.

Nominations: If you wish to nominate yourself for this role, please submit a 300 word (max) statement that outlines your interest in the role and your professional experience/affiliation by email to the BSA’s Chair, Alison Findlay, a.g.findlay@lancaster.ac.uk, by 1 August 2019.

Officer: Treasurer

Our current Treasurer, Professor Marion Wynne-Davies, will be stepping down in order to convene the 2020 BSA Conference at the University of Surrey so the Board wishes to appoint a new Treasurer to work alongside the Deputy Treasurer (Dr Elizabeth Glyn) from Autumn 2019. For full details of the role and how the duties are divided between Treasurer and Deputy, please email the BSA’s Chair, Alison Findlay, a.g.findlay@lancaster.ac.uk.

Applications: Letters of application, accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae should be submitted by email to the BSA’s Chair, Alison Findlay, a.g.findlay@lancaster.ac.uk, by 1 August 2019.

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