Royal Opera House - Trustees


Home to The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera House (ROH) brings together world-class performers and trailblazing creative teams to share unforgettable performances with audiences near and far. Its theatres are in London`s Covent Garden, but its work is accessed and experienced across the UK and globally through streams, tours, cinema relays, radio broadcasts and TV output.

ROH is one of the busiest theatres in the world, delivering over 400 performances and around 1,350 learning events each year. It employs 950 permanent staff and generates a turnover of £135m, attracting 1.5m attendances in Covent Garden and in cinemas, further extended via broadcasting, digital activity and collaboration with touring companies.

ROH strives to develop audiences across the UK and internationally, and to break new ground in the presentation of lyric theatre. As times have changed, it has remained at the vanguard of innovation in the ways in which audiences can experience opera and ballet. The aim is for audiences to interact, create and engage in ROH`s artforms, physically and digitally.

Public service values, and the need to be financially sustainable, sit right at the heart of this ambition. ROH seeks to inspire audiences through exceptional and accessible music and dance, opera and ballet.

The Board of Trustees of Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation is responsible for the governance of the Royal Opera House and is its ultimate decision-making body. Supported by the Executive Team, it is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Royal Opera House`s mission and aims.

Person specification

The Royal Opera House is seeking up to four new Trustees who are aligned to its mission, share its commitment to Equality Diversity and Inclusion and have the relevant knowledge to specialise in one of the following areas to support the charity in ensuring its future success.

  • Classical Music: candidates will bring deep professional expertise in the area of classic music, either from a programming, publishing or broadcasting perspective. In addition to advising on artistic programmes and delivery, they will be expected to advise on developments in the wider sector including strategies to extend the reach and value of ROH content.
  • Public Sector leadership: applicants will bring senior public sector leadership experience and acumen. They will have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by a high profile, publicly-funded institution in a complex stakeholder environment. They will have a track record of bringing exceptional judgement to bear on complex issues, often without precedent.
  • Commercial brand development: candidates will have experience of maximising the commercial value and reach of sector-leading brands. This area extends to the development of strategic brand partnerships, new revenue streams and maximising revenues from ROH assets in support of its artistic as well as learning and participation programmes.
  • Arts Management: applicants will bring senior leadership experience in the arts sector and be able to advise the Board on balancing financial and artistic objectives as the charity looks towards ensuring its long-term sustainability and resilience. Candidates will be expected to have experience of major capital projects and leading significant operational change.

On a personal level, the successful candidates will share the Board`s interest in and enthusiasm for ROH`s artforms, as well as their commitment to ROH`s goals and values, the importance of exceptional integrity and trust, and an understanding of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The deadline for consideration is 25th August 2022.

The Royal Opera House is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level hiring platform, to find new Trustees.

You can find out more and register your initial interest at the following link:

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