Association of British Theatre Technicians
Chief Executive Officer
The Trustees of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) seek to
appoint a Chief Executive Officer to manage the business of the Association and
its subsidiary companies.
The ABTT is a long-established membership organisation, registered as a charity
and a limited company, which is dedicated to furthering the development of
technology and good technical practice in the live entertainment industry. It has
two subsidiary companies, the profits of which are covenanted to the ABTT. In
recent years this group of companies has been managed by volunteers
supported by two part-time staff and a number of paid consultants. The ABTT
has now reached the stage where its further development requires the
appointment of a full-time Chief Executive.
3. The Job
3.1 Governance : To work with the Trustees to ensure that the ABTT and its
subsidiary companies meet their statutory obligations. To ensure that the
Association’s assets are protected and to prepare and maintain an analysis of
3.2 Strategy: To assist the Trustees in articulating short, medium and long
term strategies and then take responsibility for implementing them, reporting
against agreed timescales.
3.3 Finance: To prepare and implement a business plan for the ABTT. To
prepare for the group, long-term projections, annual budgets, monthly
management accounts, regular cash flows. To oversee the keeping of books of
account and the preparation of the annual accounts for audit. To ensure that
financial standing orders are observed.
3.4 Human Resources: To recruit, contract, supervise, develop, appraise,
discipline and lead all employees, contractors and volunteers engaged in
managing and supporting the organisation.
3.5 Administration: To be the Company Secretary. Preparation of agenda,
reports and minutes for the meetings of the Trustees and of the Directors of the
subsidiary companies. To ensure that meetings of committees are properly
serviced. To ensure that the offices and administrative systems are properly
resourced and managed.
3.6 Communication: To act as primary point of contact in all the ABTT’s
external relationships with organisations, individuals and the media. To
communicate on behalf of the ABTT at interviews, by lectures and public
speaking, and through articles for publication. To prepare the Annual Report for
approval by the Trustees. To prepare and lead fund-raising campaigns in support
of the Association’s projects. To represent the ABTT in the UK and overseas as
4. Person Specification:
The successful candidate is likely to be: knowledgeable about the live
entertainment industry with particular reference to the application of technology
and technical skills; an enthusiastic attendee at performances; entrepreneurial,
literate, numerate, financially sophisticated and articulate; an excellent manager
of Trustees and fellow employees; experienced in the management of
volunteers; accustomed to briefing professional advisers such as auditors and
lawyers; IT literate at a higher level than operating a pc with familiar software;
familiar with the social, cultural, economic and political environment in which the
entertainment industry operates; blessed with a sense of humour.
5. Terms and Conditions
5.1 Status: The appointment is to a permanent post as an employee of the
ABTT. The post will be subject to a probationary period of six months and will be
subject, in any event, to a period of notice from either side of three months. The
ABTT will take up two of the offered references.
5.2 Pay and Pension: The salary is unlikely to be less than £40,000 per
annum to be reviewed in January each year. The ABTT does not currently offer
its employees a non-contributory pension scheme.
5.3 Hours: The ABTT’s office hours are 10.00am to 6.00pm Monday to
Friday. The duties are such that the Chief Executive is likely to work outside
these hours frequently and will be expected to exercise discretion in taking time
off in lieu of excessive hours worked.
5.4 Leave: The leave year runs from 1st January. The post carries an initial
20 days per annum annual leave of which not more than five days may be
carried forward to the next year. The ABTT will offer a sick pay scheme upon
satisfactory completion of the probationary period. The ABTT does not offer its
employees a maternity pay scheme other than Statutory Maternity Leave.
5.5 Expenses: Out-of-pocket expenses and disbursements on behalf of the
ABTT will be reimbursed on the signed authority of the Chairman. National and
international travel expenses including conference registration fees must be
agreed in advance by the Chairman. Given the charitable status of the ABTT, the
Chief Executive will be expected to be frugal in this regard.
5.6 Location: 4th Floor, 55 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB, or any other
address within the M25.
5.7 Contract: The Chief Executive will be expected to enter into an
Employment Agreement with the ABTT.
The ABTT is committed to equal opportunities and appoints on merit. It welcomes applications from all
sections of society regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, marital status, perceived
community background or political beliefs.
ABTT Registered Charity No 282069