PiPA’s vision is of a performing arts sector that is effectively inclusive of the parent and carer workforce.
Our mission is to promote and enable best practice employment and support for parents and carers in the performing arts sector through data collection, research, lobbying and working collaboratively (in particular with performing arts employers) to implement the PIPA Best Practice Charter and strategies for change.
PiPA enables and empowers parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. By working in partnership we raise awareness, find creative solutions and promote best practice in the UK Performing Arts.
PiPA is currently a limited, not-for-profit company (charity registration pending*), forming strategic partnerships with leading UK performing arts organisations, industry bodies and unions who are committed to supporting PiPA’s mission.
*PiPA is in the process of applying to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). Once approved (early 2020) PiPA Board Directors will become Trustees of the new CIO.
PiPA’s Board of Directors
PiPA is governed by a board of directors consisting of:
• Vick Bain (Director), Music Industry Executive
• Daniel Buckroyd (Director), Artistic Director and CEO, Exeter Northcott Theatre
• Kirsty Doubleday (Director), Director of Client Services, Dewynters
• Noma Dumezweni (Director), Actor
• Anna Ehnold-Danailov (Executive Director/ Co-Founder), Director
• Sarah Jackson OBE (Chair), Work-life balance and flexible working expert
• Cassie Raine (Executive Director/ Co-Founder), Actor
• Stephanie Sirr (Vice Chair), Chief Executive, Nottingham Playhouse
• Natalie Williams (Director), Former Head of Research, UK Music
Duties of a Director
Day-to-day responsibilities associated with running the company are delegated to the executive, however the ultimate joint responsibility for the company’s operation lies with the board of directors. In addition to fulfilling a governance role, each director should use any specific skills, knowledge, experience and contacts, to provide strategic (and occasionally operational) guidance and to advocate for the company within appropriate contexts. This is a voluntary role and directors receive no remuneration. Directors are entitled to claim expenses in line with PiPA’s expenses policy for attendance at board meetings and other PiPA events necessary for the fulfilment of their duties.
Minimum time commitment
Directors are expected to commit to attending four board meetings each year in the UK during office hours, and one full strategy day, with additional time for reading papers and other communications. Attendance at other events such as our resolve Symposiums, fundraising events and involvement in board sub-committees is encouraged and may increase this commitment. Current Directors estimate their time commitment at around one day per month. To support Board members, we are committed to making effective use of technology in preparing for and contributing to meetings and discussions including virtually.
We are looking for an individual who shares our passion for performing arts; our ambition for PIPA to take a leading role in creating change in employment across the industry; and who are committed to diversity and inclusion. We are continually seeking to strengthen the board by better reflecting the diversity of our sector: we are looking for people who bring different backgrounds, perspectives and lived experience as well as a range of skills, knowledge and experience that will complement that of existing Board members. We are currently recruiting for the role of Treasurer.
Candidates are required to have a recognised financial qualification and relevant financial experience, ideally within a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to and understanding of the challenges facing parents and carers working in Music, Theatre, Dance and/or Opera. This may equally be demonstrated via your professional track record or your personal enthusiasm as an audience member, activist or non-professional participant.
The role of Treasurer is to support trustees carry out their financial responsibilities. At PiPA this may include but is not limited to:
• presenting financial reports to the board in a format that helps the board understand the charity’s financial position
• advising the board on how to carry out its financial responsibilities
• liaising with accountants
• overseeing the preparation and scrutiny of annual accounts
• attending the monthly finance meeting (virtually/ on skype) to oversee delivery and sound financial management of the organisations.
We are actively building a diverse team and welcome applications from all sectors of the community, including those new to non-executive board work. PiPA has a strong commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity on its Board and encourages applications from all groups currently underrepresented in the Arts.
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