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The Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Trustee / Chair of Finance Committee and Audit & Risk Committee


Do you have excellent financial skills and experience?  Would you like to play a key role with the charity that promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s work, life and times?

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is recruiting a new Trustee to join its Board and to chair its Finance and Audit & Risk Committees.

We are looking for a strategic thinker who has independent judgement and can work with other Trustees and the executive team to set our vision and guide ambitious plans.

Candidates must hold a recognised accounting or financial qualification and have relevant senior financial experience.

This is a voluntary role. The commitment is approximately one day per month and expenses will be met.

For an appointment pack and/or to arrange a confidential conversation before applying please contact / T: 01789 201801.

Applications can be made by sending your CV and a covering letter to by Monday 6th May 2019.   Interviews will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 24th May 2019.

We welcome applications from anyone with the relevant skills, experience and qualifications. 

As part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, it is important that we properly reflect the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Trustees were first incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1891, and now carry out their responsibilities under the terms of the Shakespeare Birthplace Act, 1961 [PDF].  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a registered charity, no: 209302.

The objectives of the Trust, as defined by its Act are:

  • To promote in every part of the world the appreciation and study of the plays and other works of William Shakespeare and the general advancement of Shakespearian knowledge
  • To maintain and preserve the Shakespeare properties for the benefit of the nation
  • To provide and maintain for the benefit of the nation a museum and a library of books, manuscripts, records of historic interest, pictures, photographs and objects of antiquity with particular but not exclusive reference to William Shakespeare, his life, works and times

Our vision is to lead the world’s enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times.

On 1 September 2017 following consultation and with the support of the Charity Commission and professional advisers the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust updated its administrative provisions under a Charity Commission scheme [PDF] brought into effect by The Charities (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) Order 2017, which was made on 20 July 2017 by Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The scheme modernises the Trust’s governance in line with Charity Commission guidelines and current best practice.  It does not alter the objectives of the Trust. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s governance review was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Board of Trustees

The Trust’s governing body is chaired by Peter Kyle OBE and is made up of up to 12 non salaried Trustees.  

Peter Kyle (Chairman)
John Russell (Vice Chairman)
Nick Abell
Colin Bennett
Ralph Bernard
Lady Cobham
Rebecca Dobbs
Kathy Gee
Ros Haigh
AJ Leon
Lena Cowen Orlin
Carol Chillington Rutter

The SBT Council

The 2017 charities order provides for the SBT to establish a consultative Council.

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