Northern Broadsides

Executive Director

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Salary: £40-45k depending on experience
Location: Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire

About Us

Northern Broadsides is a multi-award winning, artist led theatre company. We are delighted to be one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations with an established network of touring and co-producing partners across the UK which include: Leeds Playhouse, The New Vic Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, The Rose at Kingston, The Lowry, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds and York Theatre Royal.

We are based at the atmospheric Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough Mills, Halifax. The town has recently received significant capital investment in its arts and culture infrastructure with the revival of The Piece Hall and Square Chapel. In addition to its many claims to fame Halifax has featured as one of the sites for the Tour de Yorkshire and received the tagline, ‘the Shoreditch of the North’ according to BBC6 music.

Northern Broadsides’ formidable reputation has been established over the last 25+ years through a programme of high-quality work that continues to receive regular acclaim and quality reviews in major national press publications. Our past repertoire includes work by Shakespeare, new adaptations of European and Classic plays and award-winning original dramas.

The written word is at the heart of all we do, and our productions are noted for their strong regional voice, musical invention, wit and clarity of narrative. Northern Broadsides’ open, entertaining and no-nonsense style has led to the development of an enthusiastic and faithful audience that has come to expect well crafted, text-based drama delivered with unconventional energy, invention and panache.

26 years on from our inaugural production of Richard III in Hull, the White Boar brand remains the symbol of a company that is noted for its originality and passion for the spoken word. Come join us for the next chapter.

About The Role

you will provide strong, inspirational and high-profile leadership for the artistic, strategic and operational demands of the organisation

The role of the Executive Director of Northern Broadsides is to work alongside the Artistic Director to provide strong, inspirational and high-profile leadership for the artistic, strategic and operational demands of the organisation. S/he will ensure financial resilience and sustainability through the development and implementation of an integrated artistic vision and business investment strategy that further develops the company’s reputation and profile locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Executive Director will work with the Artistic Director who will be the senior appointment and will hold overall accountability for the success of the organisation. S/he will report to the Board.

In addition to the Artistic Director and Executive Director, the core Team at Broadsides comprises a Development and Fundraising Manager, a Marketing and Communications Manager and a Finance Officer, which are all part-time roles.

To Apply

Please download the Executive Director Recruitment Pack below

Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification to: Rachel Harris, Chair, Northern Broadsides, Fletchers Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX and send to Please ensure the monitoring form is completed and returned with your application.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the post confidentially, please contact Lee Corner who is managing our recruitment process. Lee can be contacted on

Deadline for completed applications: Friday 11th January 2019 at 10am.
Interviews: will be held on Monday 21st January. If second interviews are required they will take place the following week on Monday 28th January.

Northern Broadsides is an equal opportunities employer and actively promotes diversity in the staff team. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.