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Non-Executive Directors

What we’re looking for

Scottish Ballet is seeking exceptional people to join our Board as Non-Executive Directors. You will have a passion for the arts and an interest in helping guide and being closely involved with, the operation of Scotland’s innovative and dynamic national dance company.

Your background and skills may include:

  • HR/Corporate Services;
  • Media/PR/reputation management;
  • Chartered Accountant with C-Suite or Board experience.

The overriding requirement for these roles is to share and advocate the vision and values of Scottish Ballet. The ability to devote sufficient time to the role is also important.


What you need to know

Scottish Ballet takes great pride in being an inclusive and diverse organisation. We are particularly keen to further improve the diversity of our Board and really want to hear from applicants from all communities, ages and backgrounds. We are committed to continuing to build a diverse organisation that truly reflects the communities within which we live, work and perform.


The role of a Scottish Ballet NED

  • To support the Chair and Board to lead Scottish Ballet and maintain its values and distinct identity, by:
  • Providing sound, relevant leadership experience to input to Board deliberations and act as a ‘sounding board’ to the visionary ideas of the executive and SB leaders.
  • Helping to ensure Scottish Ballet succeeds as Scotland’s National Dance Company; contributing to Board leadership and deliberations, and supporting the executives and company through experience, networks, and mentoring.
  • Acting as an ambassador for Scottish Ballet and contribute to successful stakeholder relationships.
  • Sharing Board responsibilities for identifying and implementing the right strategic direction, consistent with Scottish Ballet’s national and global growth ambitions.
  • Ensuring sound succession arrangements, at executive and NED level, a soundly governed institution with longevity, and good risk management.
  • Attending Board and committee meetings and actively contributing where appropriate.
  • Demonstrating the right leadership behaviours to support a positive culture of innovation, growth, and collaboration within the company.
  • Demonstrating an affinity with the arts and in particular, dance.
  • Understanding of the difference between executive and NED leadership roles.


Time commitment


  • Three full board meetings annually (in Glasgow or Edinburgh), usually 3 hours in length.
  • One full-day board/strategy meeting annually (outside of Glasgow, usually London).


Governance committees

Each NED is asked to participate in one of the following Board committees:

  • Finance & Operations: Four (3-hour) meetings annually (hybrid).
  • Audit & Risk: Two (3-hour) meetings annually (hybrid).
  • Nominations and Remunerations: meetings scheduled as required (hybrid).



NEDs are invited to participate in company-wide committees that may interest them:

  • Dance Health Committee
  • EDI Committee
  • Environmental Group
  • Gala Committee
  • Fundraising Committee


The term of office is three years from the date of appointment. Trustees can serve up to six years if re-elected.

Who we are

Scotland’s national dance company. We’re based in Glasgow and perform on stage and screen, nationally and internationally, promoting Scotland’s pioneering spirit far and wide. As well as bold new versions of the classics and ground-breaking commissions, Scottish Ballet runs an extensive community engagement programme fostering wellbeing and encouraging creativity through dance. Find out more about us here.


How to apply

Tell us why you want this role and what you think you could bring to it.

Along with this covering letter, we’ll need your CV detailing any relevant skills, qualifications, or experience. You might also wish to include details of two referees (who will only be contacted if you are offered an NED role).

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Kirsten Hendry at FWB Ltd on:

Or alternatively, you can contact FWB’s Edinburgh office by phone on +44 131 539 7087.

Please also see candidate pack for full info.