Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Charity registered in Scotland SC002995

The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe. It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events. In 2018, 3,548 shows took place in 317 venues across Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that was established by artists to act as the custodian of the Fringe. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe, provide information and assistance to audiences, and promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

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Chair of the Board

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st May 2020

We are seeking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Directors. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is both a registered charity and a registered company and benefits from the strategic leadership of a board that comprises up to 17 individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, three quarters of whom are elected from the Society’s membership. This represents a unique opportunity for an exceptional individual to guide the organisation that supports the world’s greatest platform for freedom of expression.

The Fringe Society is committed to ensuring the Fringe is open, accessible, diverse, equitable, inclusive and affordable for everyone. We are encouraging people from all backgrounds to apply as we really want the Fringe Society – and the wider Fringe – to reflect these values.

Basis of appointment

The Chair of the Board is appointed by the board of directors, on the recommendation of the appointments committee. Appointment will be made at the Fringe Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in August 2020, for an initial period of four years. The current Chair is Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, who has chaired the organisation since 2012.

The role

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is a registered charity and is governed by its constitution and the board of directors. All potential directors should read the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) guidance on being a trustee – this sets out the legal duties of a charity director in Scotland. The guidance from OSCR provides clear and detailed insight into the liabilities, responsibilities and best practice for all charity directors.

Roles and responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all Fringe Society directors to:

  • Ensure the mission statement of the Fringe Society is upheld.
  • Establish the strategic vision of the Fringe Society.
  • Set the medium and long-term strategy and structure of the Fringe Society.
  • Appoint the Chief Executive of the Fringe Society.
  • Effectively delegate operation of the Fringe Society to the executive.
  • Exercise financial accountability to stakeholders and constituents.
  • Exercise accountability for the actions of the Fringe Society to the public.
  • Uphold the core values of the Fringe Society and reflect the Fringe in a positive way.
  • Advocate for the Fringe Society and the Fringe in an impartial manner on a local, national and international platform.

Please see our website for more details: edfringe.com/learn/jobs/413