Sep 132016

Chair of Governors

Recruiter: Perrett Laver
Location: London
Salary: Not specified
Posted: 12 Sep 2016
Closes: 28 Oct 2016
Ref: 2676
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Education

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama stands at the forefront of training and research in the dramatic arts. Central is a higher education conservatoire – a specialist college and a Federal Member of the University of London that nurtures creative collaboration. Placing students at the centre of our work, Central develops practitioners and researchers who shape the future of theatre and performance across the UK and beyond. Located in Swiss Cottage in the London Borough of Camden, Central’s teaching and research work has been judged to be world-leading, with the largest grouping of drama/theatre/performance specialists in the UK. Our many notable alumni include Dame Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Saunders, Sir Laurence Olivier, Kit Harington, Cush Jumbo and Harold Pinter. We have invested heavily in providing exemplary facilities for our staff and students, with further specialised studios and performance spaces due to open in autumn 2018, as part of a dynamic new development.

Following the successful tenure of Paul Taiano, Central now seeks a new Chair of Governors to join the Governing Body as Chair-elect, with a view to taking up the role of Chair from 17 July 2017. The Chair is responsible for the leadership of the Governing Body, ensuring the highest standards of governance and probity, and overseeing the strategic mission, direction and affairs of Central by providing guidance, support and constructive challenge to our executive leadership. The Chair will ensure that the necessary business of the Governing Body is carried out efficiently, effectively, and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business.

Our next Chair will have a proven track record of success and a breadth of experience at the most senior levels as a leader. With a passion for the performing arts and commitment to the aims of higher education and the values and mission of Central, they will be a strategic thinker, possessing a strong intellect and sound judgement allied to an open-minded, collegiate approach and good communication skills. The new Chair will be able to command respect internally and externally. The capacity to lead, develop and shape the Governing Body to ensure effective governance and an understanding of the proper interaction between the Executive and Non-Executive are essential.

For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit reference 2676.

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 October 2016 at 12 noon (BST).


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