The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People’  by Rhys Slade-Jones: Inaugural Recipient of The COMMON AWARD (2019).



COMMON are currently looking for dedicated and motivated individuals to join our Board to take up the role of Trustee.

Since our foundation in January 2018, COMMON has rapidly become one of the leading national arts organisations supporting the UK theatre industry to achieve greater intersectional, socio-economic diversity. In our first 18 months, COMMON’s impact on the sector has been unparalleled. We have directly engaged 510 working-class creatives and partnered with 26 arts organisations in 13 geographically diverse regions of the UK to deliver 23 free-to-access events.

COMMON are now transitioning from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of our work as a sector-support organisation; from a significant period of research into providing practical support to the socio-economic diversity and inclusion strategies of venues, supporting the development of creatives through the establishment of artist development programmes, and introducing a new commissioning and producing strand to our model.

COMMON is in a crucial and exciting stage of organisational development and growth, and it is therefore essential that we continue to build on our existing success to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation.

We are subsequently looking to appoint Trustees who are prepared to take an active and hands-on role in working with COMMON to ensure our long-term sustainability as a unique sector-support organisation. We are seeking to expand our Board of Trustees to build on our diversity, knowledge and skills, helping to lead COMMON into the next stage of our development.

We are currently looking for individuals with some of the following areas of knowledge and expertise to join our Board:

  • Legal Practice / Law.

  • Marketing / PR.

  • Corporate Relationship Building and Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • Implementation and Evaluation of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies within cultural organisations.

  • Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Our current trustees include: Alecia Marshall (Chair), Thomas Kinney-Nicol, Sue Emmas and Katie Beswick. Please see who works with COMMON here.

What we’re looking for in a Trustee:

  • An enthusiasm for and understanding of the work, values and mission of COMMON.

  • A commitment to carrying out the full duties of a Board Member.

  • The ability to work as a member of a team and a willingness to state personal convictions and, equally, to accept a majority decision and be respectful of the views of other people.

  • A preparedness to offer personal and business skills and experience to support the work of the organisation when required.

  • A commitment to be well informed about the work of COMMON.

  • A willingness to act as a champion and advocate for COMMON, both publicly and within your own professional networks.

  • The ability to treat sensitive information confidentially.

Commitment of Board Members:

  • To attend quarterly board meetings.

  • To prepare for board meetings by reading board papers and minutes.

  • To advocate for COMMON at specific public or private events and meetings.

  • To provide support and guidance to the Director and staff team (when necessary) between board meetings.

We are keen to widen the diversity of our board members and expertise, and encourage applications from all backgrounds and experiences, irrespective of ethnicity, age, gender and sexuality, and particularly of socio-economic status.

There is no requirement to have previous experience of sitting on a Board.

All trustee roles are unpaid, but where possible we will endeavour to support travel, childcare and caring responsibility costs, and aim to hold meetings in locations and times that can accommodate trustee’s work / family / personal commitments.



Please ensure you have read the full job description before applying (link to download below).

To apply please email Alecia Marshall, Chair of the Board of Trustees, with the following by 10am on Monday 22nd July at:

  • An up-to-date CV.

  • A statement on why you would like to be a Trustee of COMMON, and what experience and skill-set you would bring to the role (maximum 250 words).

  • Complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form online (available via link below).

If you would like to discuss the role further, or have any questions, please contact Alecia Marshall, Chair of the Board of Trustees, on

Deadline: 10AM ON Monday 22nd July.