In accordance with our Memorandum and Articles of Association (legal documents of how the company must be run) every 2 years we must hold elections for positions on the SDUK Board (NB: Board members are called ‘Directors’ of the company).

Members are asked to self-nominate to the Board, votes will be collected and the results announced at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). After the AGM, new members may be co-opted to the Board. We want the Board of SDUK to be as diverse as the industry we want to work in, and to represent the country we live in. Nominations from women, BAME directors and those outside London are positively encouraged.


If you’d like to nominate yourself as a candidate for the SDUK Board, please email with a small headshot, and a biog (of no more than 150 words) including your areas of interest and what you’d bring to the Board. NB: Board candidates must be paying members of SDUK. Deadline for nominations is Friday 25 August.



The Board is made up of SDUK members, and is responsible for SDUK’s records, accounts and performance. While SDUK employs staff to manage the organisation, the Board are ultimately legally and financially accountable for the company. Don’t worry – they’re also insured!

Alongside the legal necessities, the Board help to shape SDUK’s strategy and activity, support the paid staff, and have a key role as advocates for the work we do, and for our members.

Directors are expected to be active and engaged in between meetings.  Staff generally communicate with the Board via an email group, occasionally by phone, and in person at meetings and events. Difficult member issues and concerns may be escalated to the Board on occasion, and Directors may be asked to Chair working parties, or to lead on an area of research or interest to the company. Directors are encouraged to plan and host regional activities in collaboration with the Membership Engagement Officer.


Board meetings are held quarterly in London, usually in the evening. The AGM is usually a weekend afternoon. Given the nature of stage directors’ work, we are aware that attendance at all meetings may not be possible. Our meetings often have members Skyping in, and we’re able to contribute towards travel expenses for those outside of London.


It’s crucial to SDUK that our Board represent the country and the industry we live and work in. There are key areas of minority groupings, regional location and industry specialism that we expect to have represented on the Board, including:

  • An equal gender divide.
  • Board members from across the UK (broadly categorised as North, South, East, West, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland).
  • BAME directors.
  • Those with disabilities or chronic conditions.
  • People working specifically to address social and economic disadvantage.
  • Opera directors.
  • Building-based Associate and Artistic Directors
  • Assistants/early career and mid-career directors.
  • Well established and high-profile individuals.
  • Mixed experiences of working in commercial and subsidised theatre, in venues of all scales.

It’s an added bonus if alongside their stage experience, Directors have knowledge of finance, contracts, company management, publicity and marketing, fundraising and development, business planning etc.