At a glance


  • Digital and IT strategy
  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Public speaking
  • Strategic development and planning
  • General / operations management


Cardiff, CF10 5AL
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? Meetings are hybrid, the Chair is expected to attend some events and Hijinx activities in person.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week


10 Mar 2024

We’re on the lookout for a new Chair at Hijinx who genuinely resonates with our core values and mission.


What will you be doing?

We're on the lookout for a new Chair at Hijinx who genuinely resonates with our core values and mission.

We believe the ideal person would be:

  • A real advocate for Hijinx, skilled in engaging effectively with key stakeholders while remaining approachable and tactful.
  • A leader who excels in uniting our team, particularly through challenges, making the most of our Board's collective strengths.
  • Forward-looking, but aware of the current uncertainties in the arts sector.
  • A problem-solver who thoughtfully addresses complex issues, asking critical questions in a respectful and efficient way.
  • Proven experience in senior management, especially in guiding our Chief Executive according to Trustees' expectations.
  • Independent in judgment, capable of making and upholding well-considered decisions.
  • Committed to high ethical standards, aligning with Nolan's principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.
  • Understand and champion the Charity Governance Code.
  • Devoted to Hijinx's values, ready to invest the necessary time, effort, and occasional travel.
  • Keen to undertake and support ongoing training and development for self and board in key compliance areas.

In essence, we're searching for someone who's more than just a title-holder – someone who's passionate about making a tangible impact at Hijinx.

What are we looking for?

In addition, to the experience and characteristics above, we look for the following attributes in all of our Trustees:

  • Sound decision-making abilities.
  • Creative and strategic thinking skills.
  • Teamwork and collaborative strengths.
  • Strong interpersonal communication capabilities.
  • A deep commitment to fairness, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Trustworthiness and the ability to earn respect.
  • Knowledge and respect for a Trustee's legal obligations.

Your role as Chair at Hijinx will include:

  • Trustees typically serve one-year rolling terms, with reappointments at our AGM. We encourage Trustees to aim for a minimum three-year commitment, to ensure continuity and depth in their contributions, enhancing their influence on the theatre's direction and achievements.
  • Participating in four two-hour Board Meetings each year, collaborating with the Chief Executive to set agendas.
  • Attending any necessary committee meetings, an annual planning day, and required Board training.
  • Traditionally, the Chair is a member of the board's Finance and People Committees, which meet quarterly.
  • The Chair may also join another committee (Fundraising, Artistic, Strategic Equalities), typically involving four meetings annually.
  • Being present at events, including premieres and performances, to immerse in Hijinx Theatre's activities.
  • Providing your specialist expertise when necessary.
  • Actively promoting and supporting the mission, values, and strategic objectives of Hijinx.

On average, the Chair's commitment is expected to be about one day per month.

What difference will you make?

The Chair of Trustees is a key role in our organisation. Your leadership and commitment will ensure we continue to provide and extend our range of much-needed support and services to our beneficiaries.

In the role of Chair, your responsibilities include:

  • Efficiently managing and running Board meetings.
  • Leading the Board in providing a clear and considered strategic direction to the executive team, including setting objectives and goals, and assessing performance against these benchmarks.
  • Representing Hijinx as a spokesperson.
  • Line management of the Chief Executive, offering support and advice on management and strategic matters.
  • Serving as the Board's primary contact for the Chief Executive, ensuring regular communication outside of meetings.
  • Playing a key role in the recruitment process of the Chief Executive, as needed, and participating in the selection of new Trustees

As Chair, alongside the Trustees, you're responsible for:

  • Keeping the charity solvent and well-run, ensuring it achieves its charitable goals for public benefit.
  • Ensuring Hijinx follows its governing documents and all relevant laws, upholding strong integrity and ethics.
  • Using your skills and knowledge to guide the Board’s decision-making, including reviewing Board materials and offering expert advice in areas of your expertise.

Before you apply

If you think you are a good fit for the role and would like to apply via Reach with:

1. A current CV telling us about you – and why you feel you are the right person for the role, ensuring you highlight  any relevant experience, skills and qualifications. Please send this as a  Word document.

2. A covering letter of no more than two sides – telling us why you are the right candidate and how you would approach the role. Please send as Word document.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with the CEO and representatives from the board, and may then be invited to observe a board meeting and visit some of our activities.

  • Arts
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
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    Our mission is to pioneer, produce and promote professional and participatory opportunities in the arts and creative industries for LD/A people. Hijinx create exhilarating and subversive theatre...