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Purpose of the Role:

Theatre Deli are creating a new role to lead the company in the next stage of its development. In 2019 Theatre
Deli (the trading name for the charity CurvingRoad Ltd), divided into 3 business entities: CurvingRoad; Theatre Delicatessen Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation that runs the Sheffield venue; and Deli Experiences Ltd, a share-
holding company that contains the Bar / Cafe business in London.

The Board of Trustees are seeking an inspirational & effective Executive Director to work alongside the Artistic
Director to ensure the sustainability and growth of Theatre Deli across its portfolio of activities & locations. The
Executive Director shares responsibility with the Artistic Director for the leadership of the organisation and both
postholders report to the Board of Trustees.

Principal Responsibilities (working in partnership and close collaboration with the artistic director)

• To create and implement strategy for the long-term organisational sustainability, health and resilience
of Theatre Deli.
• Review the strategic plan regularly in light of Theatre Deli’s charitable objectives, artistic goals,
financial objectives, the market environment, and performance.
• Lead on the strategic management & development of staff and the organisational structures of
Theatre Deli across all its locations.

• To provide confident, consistent and secure leadership that inspires and motivates staff at all levels to
achieve the organisations vision, values and objectives.
• To deliver the completion of the business restructure into three businesses, and initially focus on the
restructure of Theatre Deli’s financial process and policy to improve overall financial management and
resilience in both the charitable and commercial businesses.
• To ensure an effective management structure is in place across all of Theatre Deli’s activities that
allows the effective delivery of the Business Plan.
• To plan, implement, monitor and evaluate effective performance of all Theatre Deli’s key activities in
order to meet its charitable objectives.
• In collaboration with the Artistic Director, formulate, develop and deliver Theatre Deli’s Business Plan
for approval by the Board.
• Monitor and evaluate performance against the Business Plan, offer guidance and propose changes to
the plan for agreement by the Board.
• Alongside the Artistic Director provide overall accountability for Theatre Deli’s operations, ensuring
that resources are managed within agreed budgets and in accordance with current policies,
procedures and legislation; this also includes oversight for all statutory obligations including Health
and Safety, Data Protection and Equal Opportunities.
• Direct, manage and develop the staff teams; ensuring the effective local management of each of
Theatre Deli’s venues.

• Oversee all financial activities of Curving Road/Theatre Deli, including liaising with the appointed
accountants and ensuring that all financial details are regularly reported to the Trustees and other
relevant bodies.
• To manage and deliver organisational budgets; collaborating with the Venue Managers and teams
to deliver venue budgets
• To oversee and monitor the financial operation and accounts of each of Theatre Deli’s business

Income Generation & Fundraising
Ensure that Theatre Deli complies with all legal and statutory requirements in the context of
Company and Charity Law.
• In consultation with the Board, prepare, monitor and work within annual and project budgets, prepare
quarterly management accounts and maintain firm financial control of Theatre Deli.
Income Generation & Fundraising
• Ensure the long-term sustainability of Theatre Deli through the careful monitoring and delivery of the
financial strategy
• Ensure the effective use of resources to maximise income potential from the different strands of the
business in line with its charitable objectives.
• Develop and oversee fundraising strategies.
• Oversee the writing and submission of appropriate funding applications to meet targets agreed in the
Business Plan and annual operational plans and budget.
• To oversee and monitor the income streams/fundraising of each of Theatre Deli’s businesses.
• Maintain excellent working relationships with all relevant funding bodies and their representatives,
including Landlords, Local Authorities, Industry Bodies and Arts Council England.
• Develop the network of supporters and sponsors as well as nurturing and cultivating potential patrons
and donors.

• Oversee all internal and external communications for the organisation
• Manage the Theatre Deli Brand, and ensure coherent branding and marketing is delivered across the
• Represent Theatre Deli locally and nationally as one of the organisation’s chief spokespeople.
• Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.

Building Management
• Oversight of the upkeep of Theatre Deli’s sites in line with individual tenancy agreements.
• Ensure contact is maintained with Landlords and to keep them fully informed of any building plans
and developments for the relevant sites.
• Alongside the Artistic Director maintain a rolling search for replacement and new locations for TD
activities in-line with terms of each lease, the business plans, and the strategic direction of the
• Take all reasonable steps to ensure that Theatre Deli, its staff, the artists, works shown and the visiting
public are adequately protected with regards insurance cover and all Health and Safety legislation.
• To ensure that venues comply with local authority policy including building regulations, licensing and
business rates.
• To support the negotiation of Business Rates appropriate for activities in the venues.

• Work with the Chair and Trustees to enable the Board to fulfil its governance function by advising
Board members of their statutory and regulatory duties and responsibilities.
• Holding regular meetings and maintaining appropriate contact with the Chair and Trustees, preparing
and presenting reports for the Board and all relevant funding bodies as required.
• Working with the Chair of Trustees to support the development of the Board through training for
Trustees and when relevant, Board recruitment.
• To manage and administer all relevant paperwork required by Companies House, the Charity
Commission and any other relevant statutory bodies.

• To carry out any other duties that may be reasonably requested by the Board from time-to-time.
• The ability and willingness to travel across Theatre Deli’s current and future locations
• The ability and willingness to attend out of hours functions.

Person Specification

Essential qualities, skills and experience
• Demonstrable experience in a leadership role
• Experience of managing significant budgets and financial systems
• Experience of managing diverse groups of people with commitment to HR best practice
• Proven experience of complex contract negotiation
• Experience of working within a publicly subsidised and/or commercial arts organisation or venue
• A commitment to the vision and values of Theatre Deli
• A genuine and demonstrable commitment to the broadening of cultural diversity and access across
all areas of Theatre Deli’s work
• A keen awareness of the financial context within which theatre & performance operates
• The ability to inspire and motivate stakeholders and staff
• Understanding of the fundraising sector including Trusts and Foundations.
• Experience of reporting to a Board
• A clear communicator who can articulate the vision, values and mission of Theatre Deli to a wide
range of audiences & stakeholders
• A network of contacts in one or more sectors of the arts
Desirable qualities, skills and experience
• Experience of working closely with the property sector in a ‘meanwhile use’ context
• Experience of managing business activities across multiple locations
• A network of contacts in one or more sectors of the arts
• A formal financial qualification

Location: Central London with regular national travel (including Sheffield)
Hours: 40 hours, Monday - Friday.
Evenings and weekends will occasionally be required for events and programming
Pay: £41,000-£44,000 depending on experience
Holidays: 28 days per annum including Bank Holidays
Contract type: Permanent
Probation: 1 month during probation (from either side), 3 months thereafter
Benefits: Pension

Deadline Extended: Friday 27th December 2019 at 5pm. Please send a CV & cover letter to [email protected]