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A Decade of Trust

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A Decade of Trust

Isle of Man Update

Andrew Moss, our current President, is also a Trustee of the Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman theatres, but after ten years, he now reflects on his time there, and on his impending departure from that role.

It is incredible to think that I have spent just over ten years as a Trustee of the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust (“LMTT”), otherwise known as the Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman, or the organisation that is the custodian of two great theatres in our city.

Throughout that time, the theatres have been led by Chief Executive, Deborah Aydon, and Artistic Director, Gemma Bodinetz, who have brought a combination of redevelopment and fabulous artistry to Liverpool both of which have had plaudits across the world.

From bringing world wide stars to the theatres such as Kim Cattrall (Anthony & Cleopatra), the great Pete Postlethwaite (King Lear) and Jonathon Pryce (The Caretaker, The Merchant of Venice), much has been done to make these two great theatres a nationally recognised force in theatre.

The biggest transformation during my involvement has been the demolition and rebuilding of the Everyman Theatre - a £23 million build project which has created a fantastic modern space for entertainment and public access, through its street cafe and new bistro restaurant whilst managing to retain the look and feel of the ‘old’ Everyman in the auditorium which has seen the triumphant return of the fabulous Rock & Roll panto, a box office smash year on year.

Being involved in these projects in a small way, on the Board and Finance Committee, has provided me with a unique insight in the workings of a publicly funded theatre (Arts Council) to a level of detail that can never be appreciated from ‘front of house’.

Even now, whilst the Everyman is established in its new format, the Theatres face a period of further transformation to equip themselves with a financially robust business model through the introduction of the company players at the Everyman, the taking in-house of catering activities, and a host of mini-residencies of touring works at the Playhouse. The Playhouse itself, will be due a facelift soon and that could be the next major project on the horizon.

All of this, though, will be down to an evolving team of management and trustees and as I step down after a decade of involvement, the opportunity exists for a strategically savvy finance person to join the board to help the organisation through its next period of growth and change.

The full Trustee specification is described on the next page, and if you are interested you will find the role extremely rewarding.The full Trustee specification is described on the next page, and if you are interested you will find the role extremely rewarding.

For further information, contact either Deborah Aydon at:
d.aydon@everymanplayhouse.com
or indeed drop Andrew a note at:
adm@dsg.uk.com

Trustees/Non-Executive Directors

Following the appointment of Michael Mansfield QC as Chair of the Everyman and Playhouse, the theatres are now recruiting new Trustees to the board.

The theatres are in the midst of a programme of major change, and the board will be key to achieving the E&P’s ambitious artistic vision and business plan for the next five years and beyond. The ideal Trustees will bring experience and openness; rigour and imagination; challenge and enthusiasm.

The immediate priorities are: -

1. Financial Expertise

This Trustee will also act as Chair of the Finance Committee and of the E&P’s trading subsidiary and will be key to the E&P’s financial resilience and growth. S/he will be a qualified accountant and have extensive experience of financial strategy, business development and risk management. Experience of the charity sector would be helpful but is not essential.

2. Marketing/Communications expertise

This Trustee will also act as a director of the E&P’s trading subsidiary and will be key to achieving our goals for income and audience growth. S/he will share our passion for inclusivity and will bring extensive working knowledge of current and developing practice in marketing and communications.

For these two roles, we hope to appoint individuals based in or very close to the Liverpool City Region. We would particularly welcome interest from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, who are currently under-represented on the board. Above all, our Trustees need to be passionate about the E&P’s work and our community, and to relish the prospect of giving their time, energy and expertise to help achieve our ambitious goals.

If you are interested in a board-level role with the theatres but your area of expertise is not one of the above, the E&P would still like to hear from you, as further places will become available in the near future.

These roles are voluntary, but reasonable expenses in attending meetings can be paid, and complimentary tickets are provided for all E&P productions to enable trustees to keep abreast of our work. A Trustee’s usual term is three years, with the possibility of extending by a further three years by mutual agreement.

If you are interested in joining the E&P as a Trustee, please email: trustees@everymanplayhouse.com trustees@everymanplayhouse.com
or visit: www.everymanplayhouse.com/jobs for more information.