We are recruiting for Trustees and Chair of Trustees

Posted on: 26/05/2023

Are you looking for opportunities to make a profound impact on the lives of others? Are you passionate about creating positive change and empowering individuals through the transformative power of dance? Magpie Dance, the UK’s leading dance charity for people with learning disabilities is seeking exceptional individuals to join our board as Trustees and lead it as Chair to take the charity into an exciting new chapter. 

In 2023, Magpie Dance became a National Portfolio Organisation. This extraordinary recognition from Arts Council England marks a turning point in Magpie Dance’s history and speaks to the legacy of nearly four decades of work and the quality of our governance. We are immensely proud that our small operation based in Bromley achieves so much for our community in London, the South East, and beyond, leveraging over 36 years of experience and expertise to enable people with learning disabilities to reach their full personal, social, and artistic potential through dance. 


“Magpie Dance develops and promotes self-confidence, belief, friendships, healthy minds, healthy attitude, healthy body and the natural star within. The people working for Magpie are amazing and natural wonderful people who care for each person on an individual basis. No matter what your disability they bring happiness through creativity music and dance”.                                                                                                                   Magpie Dance parent 

“Magpie Dance helps me to be my best”            Jack – Magpie Adult dancer 

The Magpie Dance board is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the organisation, working to ensure that it is equipped to enhance the lives of the communities we serve. Our Trustees also act as ambassadors for Magpie Dance, actively promoting our work and leveraging opportunities to advance its mission. We also received direct feedback on governance matters from members of a Shadow Board essential to keeping us in touch with the lived experience of our participants.  


If you would like to play a key role in shaping the exciting future of Magpie Dance and contribute to making positive impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities, we would love to hear from you. 


Representation of our community is central to our way of working, including at the board level. This means that we particularly welcome applications from candidates who: 

  • Have lived experience of disability, neurodiversity, or sensory impairment 
  • Live, work, or study in Bromley, or have some other connection to the local area 
  • Identify as being from the global majority (this includes people of Black African, Black African Caribbean, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx, Jewish, Romany, Irish Traveller, or mixed/multiple heritage) 
  • Identify as male or gender non-binary, as they are currently underrepresented on the board 

If you are interested and want to find out more, please join us for an informal board recruitment online webinar with our current Chair Caroline Schreiber and other members of the board. You will find out more about our work and about the role and have the opportunity to ask any questions (anonymously, via a written chat function):


Mon Jun 5, 2023 7pm – 7:45pm (BST) 

Wed Jun 7, 2023 12pm – 12:45pm (BST) 

Early applications are advised. Closing date: 2 July 2023.
Please click here for the Chair of Trustees Candidate Pack
Please click here for Trustee Candidate Pack


If you require this information in another format or have any access requirements as part of the application process, please contact us at info@magpiedance.org.uk

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