NYB Financial Management Trustee

Would you like to become a Trustee of National Youth Ballet of Great Britain and help take this leading 30 year old Performing Arts Charity  through an exciting period of growth.

The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (“The NYB”) was founded in 1987 with the aim to widen participation in all aspects of ballet performance. We do this by enabling young dancers and choreographers to collaborate with their peers, alongside musicians, composers, designers, costumiers and stage managers, under the guidance and support of established professionals.

Hundreds of young dancers, aged 8 to 18, audition for the highly coveted places in the Company annually. Many of their alumni go on to gain contracts with major ballet and musical theatre companies throughout the world. The NYB also work with children from all walks of life through their Outreach Fit to Dance programme in schools and in the community.

The NYB commissions bold, new work, created by professional choreographers working within the industry, collaborating with musicians, designers, eminent composers, costumiers and technicians to create a complete company experience. And they’ve recently launched the Beyond Ballet Emerging Choreographers Platform which nurtures young choreographic talent, supporting young choreographers in devising and showcasing their own works at professional level.

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE, Director of New Adventures and NYB Patron said, “I have been so impressed by the ambition of this company. We are not just looking at pieces of choreography, we are looking at pieces of theatre and that’s amazing! The NYB simply doesn’t settle for second best!”

Jill Tookey CBE, the founder of NYB, passed away from pancreatic cancer in March 2016.  Jill’s successful career as Fashion Editor of two national magazines followed an earlier love of ballet and all-round vocational dance and design training at the Arts Educational School. She was totally committed to the NYB, working on a full-time voluntary basis as Executive and Artistic Director. And in addition to the direction of the Company, Jill designed most of NYB’s outstanding costumes.

NYB now has taken on the challenge of moving forward without its very dedicated founder.  We appointed Mikah Smillie as our Artistic Director in September last year following a wonderful 2016 Season celebrating Jill’s years of whole hearted and inspirational leadership.  We have an amazing team of patrons including Darcey Bussell OBE, Joanna Lumley OBE, Dame Monica Mason DBE, Sir Peter Wright OBE, Carlos Acosta, David Bintley CBE and Lauren Cuthbertson. Over the last few months volunteers have come forward to take on the many roles that Jill performed.

NYB has been diversifying the skills and experience set of our Trustees since September 2016.  http://nationalyouthballet.org/information/who-we-are/ with the appointment of a Marketing / Digital media expert and two Ballet experts. We are now looking to appoint someone with a robust career in Finance / Accountancy who is keen to find a Non Exec role within a progressive arts charity as one of our Financial Trustees retires later this year following a three year term with us.

Malcolm Macfarlane Chair of NYB said, “We’re looking for someone with  financial management skills set who can help us shape our growth & development strategy over the next five years.’

“NYB has a Trustee meeting once a month in the evening at a central London venue and all Trustees attend each of these Board meetings. Although this is not an executive appointment, the NYB core executive team is small and as we work through our plans for growth over the next 18 months, we would expect to be able to rely on our Trustees to provide guidance to the executive team outside these meetings.”

Apply Now

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee of NYB please email in the first instance with a copy of your CV in confidence. Interviews in Sept/October with appointment in December/Jan 2018

Fundraising Manager Fixed Term Contract

Fundraiser: public sector, trusts / foundations & Livery Companies

Initial fixed term contract: 2-3 days a week for 6 months, with the possibility to extend £40,000 pa pro rata

National Youth Ballet (NYB) was founded in 1987 with the aim to widen participation in all aspects of ballet performance. We do this by enabling young dancers and choreographers to collaborate with their peers, alongside musicians, composers, designers, costumiers and stage managers, with the guidance and support of established professionals.

Hundreds of young dancers, aged 8 to 18, audition each year for coveted places in the Company. NYB also works with children from all walks of life through the Fit to Dance programme in schools and the community. We have a distinguished list of alumni and Patrons.

NYB commissions bold new work, created by respected professional choreographers, collaborating with musicians, designers, eminent composers, costumiers and technicians to create a complete company experience. We recently launched Beyond Ballet, an emerging choreographers’ platform which nurtures young talent, supporting up-and-coming choreographers to devise and showcase their work.

This year, we not only celebrate our 30th anniversary, but are also at a pivotal stage in our organisational development. As part of our emerging and ambitious new five-year strategy, we are looking for an experienced fundraiser – NYB’s first – to work alongside our Artistic Director, trustees and executive team.

We will need you to:

  • draft a compelling case for support
  • work with the executive director (new appointment, provisional title) to agree a fundraising work plan, targets, KPI’s and, if required, a budget for the period of the contract
  • research and prioritise fundraising opportunities and write persuasive funding applications for submission to statutory bodies (potentially including Arts Council England, Kent County Council and other local authorities as appropriate) and charitable grant-makers (ie: trusts, foundations and Livery Companies)
  • in collaboration with the executive director, artistic director and trustees, devise and deliver stewardship plans for institutional prospects
  • in collaboration with the executive director, artistic director and trustees, devise and deliver donor care packages for institutional donors
  • manage and record all relevant information about prospects, donors and fundraising activity
  • be available asap

Skills, achievements and attitudes you should evidence

  • track record of success in public and charitable sector fundraising, preferably in the arts and / or youth sectors
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • research ability
  • a talent for establishing and building long-term and productive relationships with donors
  • excellent organisational and IT skills
  • thorough knowledge of fundraising best practice
  • love of the (performing) arts
  • and commitment to supporting and inspiring young people

Apply Now

Please send an up to date CV, together with a cover letter (no more than two pages each and as pdf’s), outlining your interest in National Youth Ballet and describing how you fit the brief, to 

Our office is near Edenbridge in Kent but there could be the opportunity to work remotely some of the time.

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