1. Chichester Festival Theatre



CFT are looking to recruit a number of new Trustees to join their Board and play a part in the future of CFT.

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Who we are

Chichester Festival Theatre creates inspiring experiences that bring people together – on and off the stage. It’s a place where exceptional stories are created and shared. We connect inventive artists with imaginative audiences. We bring theatre to schools and youth groups, to the West End and world stages, with the belief that theatre is for everyone.

The role

​As a CFT trustee, you will work in a collaborative partnership between the Board and our Executive team to help us build on CFT’s artistic and organisational success in recent years and to support and guide our future strategy.

Under Kathy Bourne, Executive Director and outgoing Artistic Director, Daniel Evans, much work was done in 2022-23 to lay the foundations and set the direction for the next ten-year phase of Chichester Festival Theatre and what it means to our audiences and supporters, our community and our wider industry. Justin Audibert takes up the baton as Artistic Director from July 2023 and our Board and Executive team are working to a renewed Purpose, Vision and Values that will guide our strategy, artistic programming and business plan delivery in the years ahead.

Full details about the roles and how to apply can be found on our website https://www.cft.org.uk/jobs/trustees

Our Purpose

Chichester Festival Theatre creates inspiring experiences that bring people together – on and off the stage.

Mission and Vision

We want to light a spark in everyone who experiences our shows, inspiring joy and a deeper understanding of the world around us. We will transform lives with our industry­ leading community participation programme, and strive to be a theatre where everyone can find their place and find their voice. We will always aspire to excellence; boldly push boundaries; seek and support current and future voices; and ensure everyone feels that they belong.

Our Values – We are:

Creatively ambitious

Creativity is at the heart of everything we do. We aren’t afraid to push boundaries in pursuit of our vision and to take risks, shaping the future of theatre.

Community driven

We are rooted in our community, aiming to inspire and delight through our work on and off the stage. We bring people together and encourage everyone to try something new.

lnclusivity champions

We are welcoming, open and inclusive to all, fostering a collaborative and respectful environment.

Sustainably minded

We support and strengthen sustainability on all fronts: artistic, environmental, organisational and financial.

We want our Purpose, Mission, Vision and Values to be more than words to our staff and supporters, and to ensure that these also drive our priorities and annual ongoing Business Planning cycle up to 2026 and beyond.

For full details about being a trustee at CFT and how to apply please visit the role on our website https://www.cft.org.uk/jobs/trustees

Trustee Profile

All appointments will be made on merit. Candidates must all demonstrate:

A strong interest in the Arts and theatre and an empathy with CFT and its objectives

A commitment to ensuring diversity throughout the organisation

Good judgement with good communication and inter-personal skills

The ability to contribute in a collaborative manner to ensure productive discussion and debate

In particular, CFT is currently looking for potential skills and experience in:

Brand, Marketing and Digital


Financial & Audit


The Arts and Creative Industries (film, television, theatre, performance, technical or design etc.)

Previous trustee experience and/or experience with Arts Council England public sector support or other fundraising is desirable but not essential.

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