Royal Lyceum Theatre Company

Executive Director

Who you report to: Chairman of The Lyceum Board
Location of Employment: Edinburgh
Salary: in range of £55,000-£70,000
Probation Period: six months


The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is looking for an Executive Director to succeed Alex McGowan who, after eight successful years, will be leaving the Company in May 2019. The Lyceum has played a vital role in the artistic life of Edinburgh for generations and this lies at the heart of our vision for the Company.

We are looking for an Executive Director and joint Chief Executive who will work alongside David Greig, the Artistic Director, to secure The Lyceum’s position as Scotland’s leading producing theatre company.

The appointment of David signalled an exciting new direction for the Company.  We now seek an equally ambitious Executive Director with the passion and vision to help develop the next stage in the life of this vibrant home for future artists, productions and audiences.

Job Description and Personal Specification

do you have the passion and vision to help develop the next stage in the life of this vibrant home for future artists, productions and audiences?

Please read the personal specification and job description carefully. You should ensure that you meet the essential criteria before submitting an application. Only pertinent information will be considered when short-listing applicants for interview.

This full-time position will be offered as a permanent contract in the first instance. An appointment package appropriate to the level of this position will be negotiated with the successful candidate in due course.

The start date will be negotiated depending on the successful candidate’s availability.

The post is subject to a six-month probation period. Notice period is four weeks by either party during the probationary period and six months thereafter for both employee and employer.   The successful candidate will be engaged as an employee and receive the Company’s usual pension contribution, holiday pay and other benefits.

The main functions of the Executive Director will be:

  • In conjunction with the Artistic Director, to set the strategic direction of the Lyceum Theatre and implement the theatre’s vision
  • To drive the development and review of the company's Business Plan, working alongside the Artistic Director to create and deliver artistic programme in line with the theatre’s values
  • To drive change in the organisation to support the demands of theatre in the 21st Century and the ambitious artistic programme being developed by the Artistic Director
  • To have primary responsibility for the effective management of the company's financial operations and its financial viability and resilience in collaboration with the Artistic Director
  • To lead in human resource best practice in the organisation and, along with the Artistic Director, nurture the well-being of everyone who works directly, or indirectly, for the company
  • To promote and maintain an organisational culture which values the highest standards in performance, both in delivering the artistic vision and in management practice
  • To lead the senior management team to ensure effective communication throughout the Company of all matters relevant to its effective running
  • To represent and lead the company in promoting and maintaining the company’s strategic interests in relationships with Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Government and other public bodies
  • To foster and develop relationships with key stakeholders including audiences, supporters, sponsors and donors
  • To report to the Board on all operational and financial matters at Board and relevant sub-committee meetings
  • To act at all times in furtherance of the aims and objectives of the Company
  • This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the Executive Director may be required to perform additional duties as operationally required and at the discretion of the Board

Person Specification


  • A proven track record in the arts, particularly producing theatre in either in the commercial/public subsidy sector, UK regional theatre or London theatre.  
  • Experience of development and/or commercial funding in the arts.
  • An open and inventive approach to optimize production capacity, operational excellence and financial control.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and form effective partnerships internally and externally
  • Ability to forge and maintain strong creative relationships.
  • Productive and wide-ranging contacts in the theatre sector.
  • A leader with the ability to motivate, inspire and drive change in a complex environment.
  • A commitment to youth, participatory and community theatre.
  • A commitment to inclusion and diversity in the work of the Company.
  • A fluent and socially adept communicator with the ability to command respect and exert positive influence on key stakeholders and policy makers.


  • Producing Scottish or International theatre.
  • Experience of major capital funding.
  • Senior experience gained within a producing theatre company or venue.
  • Experience of working directly with a board of voluntary non-executive Directors.
  • An interest in the social, cultural and financial context within which The Lyceum operates.

To Apply

Download an application pack here along with the Report and Financial Statments and Equal Opportunities form.

The recruitment process is being led by members of The Lyceum Board: Shonaig Macpherson (Chairman), Stephen Dunn, David Greig, Jessica Hepburn and other Non-Executive Directors as required.

To arrange a confidential, informal discussion about the position please contact Lesley Gardner, PA to the Chief Executives, by email at:

To apply for the role of Executive Director, please send us your CV along with a letter outlining your vision and suitability to lead the next chapter in The Lyceum’s development.

Also please include details of two referees and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Apply by post: to Shonaig Macpherson, Chairman, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX.
Apply by email: to
Closing Date: Applications must be received by 12 noon on:  Monday 21st January 2019  
Interviews: First round interviews will take place on:  Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February 2019
Referees will not be contacted in advance of the interviews
Data Protection
The information given will be used to create a short-list for interviews. Any data about you will be held securely with access restricted to those involved in dealing with your application in the recruitment process. Please note it is a condition of our funding agreement with Creative Scotland that details of applications under consideration are shared with our Lead Officer. This will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
To help us monitor equal opportunities policy at The Lyceum, we would be grateful if you could complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. When your application is received, this form is removed and is not used during the short-listing process. The information submitted is kept in the strictest confidence, following Data Protection requirements and will only be used to monitor and analyse The Lyceum’s policies.