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EEA are looking for new Trustees!


For over 40 years, Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) has been creating unforgettable events and participatory experiences that have been thrilling audiences, bringing life to public spaces and inspiring and enabling people’s creativity. 

We are seeking additional board members with commitment, passion and expertise to help us deliver our ambitious plans for the future. 

We already reach more than 1 million people every year, plus a further 20,000 who attend our workshops, and have a national and international reputation for excellent site specific and touring work, community and cultural celebrations and interactive performances in the public realm. We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), but most of our income comes from a diverse source of wonderful clients and generous funders.

We have a brilliant and dedicated staff team, a big family of artists, creatives, technicians and practitioners, as well as a dynamic, diverse board and a well-managed financial picture. 

All we’re missing now... is you!

Ideally you have a strong interest in, or are involved in the creative industries, arts, culture or heritage sector: as an artist, creative worker or a keen audience member. Undoubtedly you passionate about charities and the difference they make to society.

Or perhaps you have something new and different to bring to the table – a unique perspective or background that will encourage us to think in new ways about the way that we work and the work that we make.

At its core, we love working with people who are

  • Passionate about arts, creativity and the power they have to transform lives
  • Fun loving, with a sense of adventure to help us on the next, exciting phase of our journey

All candidates who feel able to offer their time, energy and are confident supporting the company at a strategic level are welcome to apply, but we are particularly keen to hear from people with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Artistic direction and strategy
  • Accountancy and charity finance
  • Legal (preferably with some experience of working with charities)
  • Education and participation
  • HR (preferably with some experience around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Fundraising

If you don’t have expertise in any of these particular areas but do feel that you have something exciting to offer to EEA, please don’t hesitate to apply because we’d love to hear from you.

We only want to work in an organisation that represents the world we live in, the London/Southeast we make art in, and the people we work with. So, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people who are currently underrepresented on charity boards including women, people from the Global Majority and/or refugees, disabled people and young people aged 18-25. 

If it’s your first time being a trustee, don’t let that put you off. Training and support will be offered for those who may not have had previous experience of volunteering in this way. Meetings are held quarterly on Zoom, and trustees usually sit on one subcommittee. Travel expenses can be reimbursed and you’ll be supported to take part in our artistic events and activities. For more information on the responsibilities of becoming Trustee of a Charity have a look at The Essential Trustee.

For more information or an informal conversation about whether this is the right opportunity for you, please contact [email protected] and we’ll put you in touch with Daniel, our CEO.

Come and try us out

We’ll be holding an open evening via Zoom on Thursday 18th April 2024, 6pm till 7.30pm where you will have an opportunity to meet the other Trustees, the Management Team and find out a bit more about us and tell us a bit more about you. If you would like to join this session, please RSVP to [email protected] or if that date doesn’t work for you, get in touch and we’ll find a time that does.

Deadline for applications

10am, 1st May 2024

How to apply:

Send us a two-minute video introducing yourself, highlighting your skills and why you want to become a Trustee. If a video isn’t quite your style, no problem, we’re happy to accept your CV and a one-page cover letter. All applicants must download and return the equal & diversity form.

“I joined the EEA board when I was 25 years old, and it was my first time being a Trustee. I’ve been so supported and nurtured that now, I’m the Chair of the board. Forget about big boardrooms or wearing suits, joining the EEA board is like coming into a big supportive sports team or drama ensemble - it’s nurturing and fun, rather than scary or alienating. I’ve done everything from conducting financial reviews to being part of an EEA artwork! The experience is broad and the more you throw yourself into it, the more rewarding it is.”

Dana Segal
Chair, EEA

If you would like to receive this information in a more accessible format, please contact [email protected]

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