Job Opportunities

Pro-bono role

The Everyman and Playhouse have been at the forefront of British theatre from their inception and are both inextricably linked to the history of the city of Liverpool run together under one management: Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust. We produce one of the most acclaimed artistic programmes in the UK and have steadily built audiences, developed deep and authentic roots in the community and created a youth engagement programme that has become a kite-mark for inspirational practice. We want to build on this extraordinary success and are embarking on a brave new phase in our development. With the support of Arts Council England we have devised a new five year plan that will combine artistic inspiration with financial resilience, dazzling quality with generous humanity; deep roots in our time and place with readiness for the future.

We are looking for an inspirational Chair to lead the Board and support the Executive in their ambitious plans. The role will require the Chair to be strongly networked and have an outgoing positive approach to endearing others to the theatres and our mission. As our organisation is strongly embedded in the Liverpool city-region, the individual will need to relate to our area and its partnerships within the region and the UK. The individual will also need to understand and support creative risk, whilst bringing strong business acumen to the development of income earning streams to support the new model. Candidates will have operated at Board level in an Executive, Non-Executive or Chair capacity and have experienced management of change in the private, public, media or arts sectors. It is highly likely that the successful candidate will be a strong advocate for the value of arts and culture and have a keen interest in theatre.

For an informal and confidential discussion please call our advising consultants – Sue Tyrer or Justin Robertson – on 0845 261 0600.



Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse (the E&P) is a local artistic force with national significance and an international reputation. We develop, produce and present brilliant, humane, forward-thinking theatre that responds to its time and place: theatre that is relevant and extraordinary, with the widest possible embrace.

To ensure that our theatres remain vibrant, relevant, resilient and inspiring, we are preparing to introduce a new and re-focused programming and business model.  A major programme of artistic and organisational change is now underway, including reshaping our company structure around the new model.

A key element in driving forward our vision for the future will be the appointment of an exceptional and dynamic individual to work closely with the Chief Executives in the new role of Managing Director.

This is an exciting and challenging new Executive role and an opportunity to play a major part in shaping the future of the E&P.  You will bring inspirational leadership to the strategic development of the business, with a particular focus on Finance, Operations, Commercial and HR.  You will join us in a time of change, and will be instrumental in delivering the vision outlined in our Five-Year Plan.  After this major change programme is implemented, you will drive the continual development of the business to ensure the E&P remain flexible and resilient.

We are seeking an inspirational and highly motivated leader with a proven track record in strategic and financial business planning; proactive human resource management, and operational management within a complex organisation.  Evidence of previously leading a team through change will also be important.

Leadership, communication, analytical and people skills are essential, together with commercial acumen.  Though our ideal candidate could come from a variety of backgrounds, you must share our commitment to theatre which is brilliant, daring, humane, forward-looking, relevant and popular.

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Deadline for applications: 5pm on Fri 29 Apr 2016

Interviews will be held in Liverpool during the w/c 23rd May

For further information, please contact Heather Newill, Director, AEM International, Arts, Entertainment & Media Executive Search on

The Everyman and Playhouse is striving to be an equal opportunities employer