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Tyneside Cinema
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Closing date
19 Sep 2022

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Tyneside Cinema is one of Newcastle’s most valuable cultural institutions. Situated at the heart of the city, it is the only independent cinema of scale in the region. The building offers four screens, an award-winning learning programme, moving image art and three public bar, dining and café spaces.

Tyneside Cinema is a community, with film at the heart of everything we do. We believe in the power of film to facilitate empathy; as a way to challenge and transport us through the stories of lives we haven’t led, into places we’ve never been. In the setting of our beautiful 1930’s newsreel theatre, we hope to create a space that reflects this potential in film to engage and relate new ideas, experiences and stories.

As an organisation, we have faced very difficult challenges in the last two years. Now that all recommendations from our recent independent review have been implemented or are in action, we are looking to the future and setting in motion plans to broaden our outreach through our diverse film programme and engagement projects, as well as building our guest experience to be the most welcoming and inclusive possible.

We are looking for new Trustees who can share their experience to support us in our mission and are keen to develop our Board with individuals as committed as we are to the bright future of Tyneside Cinema.



Our Trustees hold responsibility for Tyneside Cinema’s performance and culture as well as ensuring that it complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. The Board works in consultation with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to lead on our values, vision and strategic direction.

Tyneside Cinema is very keen to work towards a more diverse Board of Trustees. We particularly welcome applications from people with experience that is currently under-represented on our Board including those from Black, Asian and minority groups or from the LGBTQIA+ community, those with disabilities or people from different socio-economic backgrounds. We also welcome applicants with unconventional work experience, including those who have not been Trustees before.

This role is available to those living outside of the North East of England (but within the UK) and we will support travel expenses.

In this recruitment round we are particularly (but not exclusively) interested to hear from people with experience in the following areas:

  • Film and Cinema
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Accountancy
  • Financial management



Our Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the cinema has clarity in its vision, values and strategy to support the team in achieving its mission.

Trustees act as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application, ensuring that the cinema’s governance is of the highest standard.

Trustees provide strategic guidance for the cinema, using their skills, backgrounds and contacts to assist the cinema in continuing to sustainably make a real difference.



The principal duties of our Trustees are:

To ensure that the fundamental values and guiding principles of the charity are articulated and reflected throughout the cinema with its Trustees, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and to safeguard and promote Tyneside Cinema.

To determine the overall strategic direction and development of the charity by agreeing organisational policies, budgets and objectives, and to ensure targets are set and performance is measured against such targets.

To ensure the charity complies with its governing documents, relevant legislation and regulatory requirements. To exercise overall control of the charity’s financial affairs and to ensure that the way in which the charity is administered is not open to abuse and that the systems of control are rigorous and constantly maintained through regular evaluation and improvement.



To represent the Board at functions and events, and lead or be a member of committees/panels/groups as appropriate.

To work collaboratively and towards consensus in making decisions to support the effective operation of the charity and its performance.

To inspire confidence and build positive relationships with principal stakeholders.

To share a belief in the transformational potential of film, arts and culture.



For an informal conversation about becoming a Trustee at Tyneside Cinema please contact our Chair Jim Beirne, or our Interim CEO Simon Drysdale



To apply please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining your experience and why you wish to become a Trustee of Tyneside Cinema to

The closing date for this round of applications is Monday 19th September.

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