Role Profile and Person Specification

The role of Chair is a voluntary (unpaid) one, responsible for leading the Board of Trustees of South East Dance, ensuring it fulfils its responsibilities for governance of the organisation.

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The Chair works with the Executive Director and Artistic Director (the executive team) helping them to achieve the strategic aims of South East Dance, deliver the agreed vision, mission, and strategic objectives and to optimise the relationship between the Board of Trustees and the staff.

The Chair will act as a figurehead for South East Dance, from time to time representing it at functions, meetings and in the media. The Chair will also authorise action to be taken between meetings of the full board when necessary.




The main responsibilities of the Chair are:


  • To provide leadership for the Board of Trustees
  • To ensure South East Dance remains focused on its charitable aims
  • To maintain a strategic overview of the organisation’s affairs including delivery of the business plan, supporting the executive team as appropriate
  • Oversight of the Arts Council England funding agreement including delivery, monitoring and reporting, and compliance with governance requirements
  • To maintain oversight of how Trustees help to deliver fundraising objectives
  • To represent the organisation at key events and meetings, acting as an ambassador and a spokesperson 
  • To set the agenda for Board meetings in collaboration with the executive team 
  • To chair Board meetings, promoting effective decision making and constructive debate and to oversee the implementation of decisions taken 
  • To direct Trustee recruitment and oversee succession planning 
  • To contribute to appointment panels for senior staff as required
  • To collaborate with the Executive Director and Artistic Director in setting and reviewing performance objectives
  • To authorise payments over £15,000





  • Strong leadership skills
  • Commitment to South East Dance’s mission and values 
  • Big picture thinker
  • Proven track record of thinking and acting strategically
  • Demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and willingness to take action to ensure the Board is representative 
  • Comfortable in the role of advocate, using tact and diplomacy including with reference to fundraising
  • Interested in a challenge, and change management
  • Experience of charity governance
  • Good 'people' skills
  • Proven ability to act impartially and with fairness while respecting confidences
  • Ability to devote sufficient time to fulfil the role effectively
  • Knowledge of the South East 



  • A passion for dance
  • Knowledge of Brighton & Hove
  • Senior management experience within an arts and culture, third sector or public sector organisation
  • Experience of running an arts/culture building 
  • Engagement with cultural and business networks in Brighton & Hove and the South East 



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Chair of the Board of Trustees

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The Role of Chair

The role of Chair is a voluntary (unpaid) one, responsible for leading the board of Trustees of South East Dance

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About South East Dance

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