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Company Summary

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is a registered educational charity and membership association. Our mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms: to promote knowledge of dance; provide up-to-date techniques for members and maintain and improve teaching standards.

With approximately 6,000 members in over 55 countries worldwide, the Society conducts over 120,000 examinations each year. We were recently listed by Ofqual as one of the top 20 largest awarding organisations in England and in the top 5 for delivery of performing arts examinations.

The Society aspires to be a world leader in dance education, setting the benchmark for best practice through our extensive syllabi and teacher training. We are committed to becoming a dynamic, future-focused organisation that promotes the social, cultural, physical and educational benefits of dance for all.

Summary of the Role

We are looking for a Trustee to play a vital role in delivering real impact and shaping the ISTD of the future by providing high-quality governance. Working in close collaboration with the Chief Executive and other Board members you will actively contribute to the development of the Society’s strategy.

As a Board member, you will have a proven commitment to increasing dance participation and safeguarding the reputation and values of the Society. This is an exceptional opportunity to play a pivotal role in an organisation with a proud history and a brand that stands for the pursuit of excellence in the dance world.           

The main purpose of this role:   

  • Ensure the Society is carrying out its charitable purpose for public benefit
  • Comply with the Society’s governing document and the law
  • Act only in Society’s best interests
  • Manage the Society’s resources responsibly
  • Act with reasonable care and skill
  • Ensure the Society is accountable to all its stakeholders (including members, students and their representatives, regulators, and members of the public who come into contact with our services)

This role will report directly to the Chair.

Method of application

To apply as a Trustee please send a letter of application and CV to  The letter of application should summarise what you are able to bring to the role and how you meet the person specification. The successful candidate will also be required to provide details for two recent references that can evidence skills and suitability to carry out this role (whether in an employed or voluntary capacity).

Applications Close: 2 September 2022
Interviews: w/c 19 September 2022
Start Date: 23 September 2022

First Council meeting: 7 December 2022

Please download the Trustee recruitment pack below