Scary Little Girls (SLG) is about to embark on its most challenging and potentially exciting time of its 13 year history. We are looking for up to three new Trustees who can bring extra skills, passion, commitment and dynamism to our vibrant and hard working feminist production hub…
Read on to find out more in this Trustee Recruitment Pack!
We have an impressive and ambitious business plan for the next five years covering a range of exciting projects and aiming to open up new opportunities. As a Registered Charity established in 2002 we already have a successful and incredibly varied track record including fringe and mid-scale theatrical productions and tours; music, cabaret, living literature walks and storytelling events; festival appearances covering a wide range of artistic platforms; workshops covering everything from sexual health in schools to media training in campaigning groups; internship and mentoring programmes for up-and-coming creatives across a range of disciplines; and much more besides – all supported by the wealth of talent and experience on our current Board of Trustees.
We are now looking for new trustees with specific skills in key areas to support our development and share our values, complementing our existing Board – in particular the key areas of finance and fundraising. Further information on these roles is provided below.
Scary Little Girls got my vote! The perfect mixture of performance and history.
Lynn Gardner, The Guardian
About Scary Little Girls
SLG is a vibrant, hard-working production hub run by Artistic Director Rebecca Mordan, whose commitment and passion for theatrical and artistic storytelling is borne out by the variety of scary little work we have created and the support we have from our scary little artists and audiences.
We purposefully shied away from producing one type or genre of art or working with only a small, exclusive pool of actors and theatre practitioners. We try to seek out visionaries in many fields of art and to foster artists of all ages, backgrounds and interests.
Similarly, we are fascinated by stories that cover a diversity of styles and themes, from political histories and classics to texts informed by the gothic, folklore and fairy tales. We love new writing, plays, cabaret, electro pop, film, photography and much, much more – and the artists who work with us in all these formats!
There are two factors that unify our work in all its forms. One is that we are very strict about quality control. We aim for our audiences to have an exceptional time when they experience us and every artist that is part of our artistic community we believe has something unique and exciting to offer.
The other rule is that our projects and events need to be matrifocal if not out-and-out feminist and we have to headline, promote or employ more women than men.
We are trying to create systems that allow as much of our content as possible to be artist-led or proposed by our Associate Artists, whilst keeping the doors of possibility open to new acquaintances and their ideas.
More information about our work and the Charity can be found online as follows:
- Annual Report 2014/15: http://www.scarylittlegirls.co.uk/the-slg-annual-report-has-landed/
- Charity Commission page: http://tinyurl.com/qfjy9hz.
Lovely performers and wonderfully warm readings… had us in gales of laughter while bewitching us with hauntingly sung stories.
The Cornish Guardian
Questions? Email our Honorary Secretary, Tricia Grace-Norton: email@example.com
In order to support the charity’s current and anticipated needs and skills gaps, we are encouraging applications from individuals with backgrounds specific to:
(1) Financial Administration to act as Treasurer responsible for:
- Leading on preparation of Annual Accounts for audit with support from the Company Manager
- Submitting Charity Commission Annual Return
- Assisting Artistic Directors with budget preparation and evaluation for grant applications and larger projects.
- Advising the Board of Trustees on all financial matters, keeping a close overview and analysis of budgets and financial decisions
- Giving input into fundraising applications where necessary from a financial point of view
- Preparing and presenting accounts and cash flow forecasts in a simple efficient manner at quarterly Trustee meetings
- Researching and introducing Gift Aid
(2) Fundraising and Major Donors: access to and enrolment of high-level donors who are supportive of the Arts and emerging talents to build a core of key financial supporters and advocates for SLGA. Our business plan includes the development and implementation of a Patron Scheme.
The queue of free Fringers filling the pavement outside the salubrious underground venue only adds to the palpable buzz that has been building at this year’s festival around this talented all-female troupe.
General Trustee Responsibilities
Trustees serve on the Governing Body of the Charity and are responsible for the general control and management of the Charity. All Trustees have identified areas of responsibility such as those outlined above.
Key Requirements of all Trustees are to:
- Adhere to the requirements as set out by the Charity Commission
- Ensure the Charity meets its objectives as set out in its Governing Document
- Manage the financial stability of the Charity
- Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees in giving firm strategic direction, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- Safeguard the good name and values of the Charity
- Declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a Trustee
- Build, strengthen and maintain relationships with our core funders, donors and audiences
- Support SLGA in finding new sources of income and feeding into the development of our fundraising strategy
…sparkling wit and commanding stage presence. The cabaret elements aren’t just a foil to get bums on seats, but a sideways approach to complex issues of the male gaze.
Trustees stand for two years and may then be re-elected for one further term. Each trustee has responsibility for a specific area and its associated policies. Trustees meet three to four times a year with additional meetings for sub committees. There is also an annual, facilitated, away day to allow for review and long term planning.
Excellent touches excellently judged… Scary Little Girls very nearly achieve sublimity.
Board papers are emailed in advance of meetings and preparation prior to the meetings is expected. Meetings are normally held in Cornwall or Oxfordshire with some members attending via Skype, but this can change depending on what is most suitable for trustees.
The role of a trustee is a voluntary position and is not remunerated, but reasonable expenses will be paid.
We believe it is vital that Board members see our artistic work and would also encourage trustees to represent the organisation at networking and other events.
The connection the performers from Scary Little Girls have with their audiences is nothing short of magical. Their shows are consistently inspired and innovative with wonderful characters you can’t help but love.
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How to Apply
Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining your interest in joining our Board of Trustees. In your letter please outline how you feel your skills and experience meet the needs of the charity alongside any other information you feel is relevant.
These should be emailed to our Honorary Secretary Tricia Grace-Norton on firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of Sunday 31st January.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss the Trustee role prior to submitting an application, please contact Tricia.
We value diversity and recognise that artistic excellence relies on the richness and innovation that diversity brings. We welcome and are actively seeking applicants from a variety of backgrounds.
Everyone is talking about Scary Little Girls. Are they worth the hype? Yes!