Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Sidcup
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J64645
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 19, 2019 15:26

Job Description

Join the Board of Trustees of the Doreen Bird Foundation, providing professional vocational training in Dance and Musical Theatre for over 70 years.

About Bird College

Bird College was founded in 1946 by Doreen Bird.  Today the College has over seventy years of experience in providing professional vocational training in Dance and Musical Theatre within the further and higher education sectors for students. Many of its graduates can be seen working in theatre, film and television, around the world.

The College recruits nationally and internationally and auditions more than 1500 candidates each year for its 3 courses - the Pre-Professional Foundation Year, the Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and its BA Honours Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Additional provision includes teaching qualifications (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and a comprehensive range of intensive short courses. The College is also the Music Education Hub for the London Borough of Bexley. 

The role

The Trustees (who are also directors of The Doreen Bird Foundation for the purposes of company law) are responsible for preparing the Trustees' report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).

The Trustees are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the charitable company and the group's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the charitable group and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006.  

They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the charitable company and the group and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities. 


Person specification

We would like to welcome a new trustee to our board, who will bring any of the following skills and/or background for the benefit of our organisation:

  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Performing arts
  • Experience of capital building programmes or project management experience.  

Bird College recognises the value of diversity in all its forms at all levels of the organisation. We want to increase the diversity of our board of trustees and particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.

What difference will you make?

You will be joining a committed board who works well together as a unit, where each individual is involved in different areas based on their background and supports specific projects that allow them to thrive and give their expertise for the benefit of the foundation.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is an ideal time to join our board. It is an exciting environment, we are privileged to be part of a very creative community - people who are genuinely passionate and interested in the arts. Your skills and experience will contribute very significantly to the work of the foundation.

How to apply

Applications must be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. In order to apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter stating why you wish to join the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.