We are seeking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Directors. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is both a registered charity and a registered company and benefits from the strategic leadership of a board that comprises up to 17 individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, three quarters of whom are elected from the Society’s membership. This represents a unique opportunity for an exceptional individual to guide the organisation that supports the world’s greatest platform for freedom of expression.
The Fringe Society is committed to ensuring the Fringe is open, accessible, diverse, equitable, inclusive and affordable for everyone. We are encouraging people from all backgrounds to apply as we really want the Fringe Society – and the wider Fringe – to reflect these values.
Basis of appointment
The Chair of the Board is appointed by the board of directors, on the recommendation of the appointments committee. Appointment will be made at the Fringe Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in August 2020, for an initial period of four years. The current Chair is Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, who has chaired the organisation since 2012.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is a registered charity and is governed by its constitution and the board of directors. All potential directors should read the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) guidance on being a trustee – this sets out the legal duties of a charity director in Scotland. The guidance from OSCR provides clear and detailed insight into the liabilities, responsibilities and best practice for all charity directors.
Roles and responsibilities
It is the responsibility of all Fringe Society directors to:
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An open and public recruitment campaign will be undertaken to ensure the Fringe Society reaches the widest range of potential candidates. This will also be circulated through board and stakeholder networks. Informal conversations with the Chief Executive and / or outgoing Chair will be available for interested candidates, as well as an opportunity to meet the board and executive team at the review of the year reception, on the evening of 27 February 2020.
Applicants should submit a CV and a two-page covering letter to email@example.com, outlining their interest in the role and the suitability of their experience.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview to discuss their application in May 2020. The committee will recommend its preferred candidate to the board in May 2020 and a formal appointment will take place at the meeting of the board prior to the 2020 AGM.