Appointment Details

Young Vic

Job Title: Chair

Job Reference:EARKB

Closing Date: Thursday 25 Jul 2019


The Young Vic is one of Europe’s most celebrated theatres. Established in 1970 it was designed to create a new kind of theatre for a new generation – one that was unconventional, classless, open, democratic and cheap. The Young Vic’s programming is varied, socially relevant and formally inventive. The Theatre produces new plays; reimagined classics; musicals; adaptations of books; short films; club nights; digital projects; and other game-changing forms of theatre, attracting large audiences from many different backgrounds. Young Vic shows are created by some of the world’s greatest theatre makers alongside some of the most adventurous of the younger generation. This fusion makes the Young Vic one of the most exciting theatres in the world and attracts, what is acknowledged to be, the youngest and most diverse audience in London.

After leading the Board of the Young Vic for almost 20 years, Patrick McKenna will stand down in October 2019 having made an extraordinary contribution to the theatre and its legacy. He leaves in place an able and committed Board, an excellent and hardworking Executive Team, a good financial position and an exciting period of development ahead, including the celebration of the theatre’s 50th Anniversary (September 2020 – September 2021). The Young Vic is therefore now seeking an exceptional candidate to take on the role of Chair.

Candidates should bring a passion for theatre and the conviction that the arts have the power to transform lives and communities. They will likely have a strong track record of leadership and experience of working at board level, ideally in a chairing role. The postholder will need emotional and strategic intelligence, excellent relationship-building skills and the energy and ambition to support the development of a future vision for the theatre. They will be a key ambassador for the organisation and will be a compelling communicator. Candidates will need to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

The Young Vic is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes Chair applications from all sectors of the community, in particular those with backgrounds currently underrepresented in the arts.

Access: We are able to offer support and resources to aid access requirements; please state any access requirements on your application.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an agency advisor to The Young Vic on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference EARKB. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 25th July 2019.


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