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Chair of the Board (voluntary role)

Queens Theatre Hornchurch / Havering Theatre Trust Ltd
Volunteer - Expenses only
Closing date
15 Feb 2024

Job Details

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch (QTH), London's only producing theatre serving Outer East London & South Essex, is seeking a dynamic and visionary individual to join as Chair of the Board. If you are passionate about the performing arts, share our commitment to inclusivity, and have leadership experience, we invite you to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of this award-winning theatre.

Role Requirements:

As Chair, you will provide leadership to the Board, ensuring effective governance, strategic direction, and fostering a collaborative environment. Your role will involve optimising the relationship between the Board and staff, setting strategy and policy, planning and chairing meetings, and acting as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate.

Key Responsibilities:

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of a Board member:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the Board of Directors and Trustees
  • Optimise the relationship between the Board and staff
  • Plan the annual cycle of Board meetings and set agendas
  • Chair and facilitate Board meetings
  • Give directions to Board policy making Ensure decisions are implemented
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to keep an overview of the theatre’s affairs
  • Review and appraise the performance of the Chief Executive
  • Act as a final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures if required
  • Lead the appointment process for the Chief Executive and organise the recruitment process
  • Designate and delegate tasks to the Deputy Chair as appropriate

Application Assistance:

For assistance, contact:

Informal Conversation:

If you wish to learn more about the role, contact: to arrange an informal conversation with Mathew Russell or a current Board member.

Join us in shaping the future of Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and contribute to the vibrant cultural landscape of Outer East London & South Essex.

For further information about QTH visit

How to Apply:

To apply, please send the following to Mathew Russell, Chief Executive, at

  • CV Supporting statement (up to 2 pages, highlighting relevant skills) Names and contact details of two referees Completed Equal Opportunities Form

We actively encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, particularly from individuals self-identifying as from global majority backgrounds, young people, and those identifying as D/deaf or disabled.


Please read the full job information at:



Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch (QTH) is the only producing theatre serving Outer East London & South Essex, with a catchment area of 1 million+ people, 61% of which are from underserved areas.

Winner of London Theatre of the Year 2020 (The Stage Awards), the first Outer London theatre recipient, QTH reaches 220,000 people annually with a vision of ‘Great home grown theatre at the heart of a changing community’.

In the most competitive Arts Council England round to date, QTH recently secured a historic 71% three year funding increase, much needed extra support to support the next ambitious phase of development, which aims to:
 relentlessly prioritise addressing the under representation of those people QTH works with & serves, including an increasing focus on
D/deaf & disabled artists & participants
 increasingly work in different ways off site to engage with new people, often hyper locally in underserved places
 ambitiously address environmental responsibility in the stories QTH tells & the ways & environment in which these are made & told
 place QTH firmly at the heart of cultural place making within its sub region through the international, national, regional & local partnerships it facilitates & engages in
 secure the future of the award winning 21st century producing theatre QTH has developed into during the last 5 years, through increased levels of public & private investment

Company info
Billet Lane
RM11 1QT

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