The volunteer Board of Trustee-Directors plays an integral role in helping to support the work of Oldham Theatre Workshop.

We welcome applications for the board from people with a genuine passion for and interest in the work of Oldham Theatre Workshop. We are looking for people who can voice the needs of our diverse communities as well as those who have experience in one or more of the following: Theatre, Arts & Heritage, Education & Training, Marketing & PR, Finance & Fundraising, Digital & On-Line,  Business Development, Legal & Governance.

The Board has 12 members, each serving for 3 years. 

We’re looking for people who are keen to support the work of Oldham Theatre Workshop, who enjoy working with a team to develop opportunities, communicating with the public, organising fundraising events, and contributing to the development of the arts and specifically participatory theatre in Oldham.


All board members volunteer their time. 

There is no financial compensation for board membership.

Board members learn new skills around governance, finance and strategic planning. 

Being a Board member can be a rewarding and enriching experience.

The role requires a moderate time commitment, attending Board meetings (held 6 times a year) preparation for meetings, managing and attending events etc.

We value commitment and experience as much as qualifications and offer a full induction programme and ongoing support to all our Board members to help them in this challenging and rewarding role.

All board members are expected to offer the benefit of their knowledge and contribute to the duties of the Board to:-

Help to provide clear strategic direction and set overall policy

Regularly review the Friends Of Oldham Theatre Workshop’s policies and procedures

Define goals and set targets for the organisation and evaluate performance against these targets

Ensure the Friends Of Oldham Theatre Workshop complies with the requirements of Companies House, employment law and other relevant legislation


The ideal candidate would hold some of or a combination of the following:-


A willingness to learn the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a trustee

A willingness to act as an ambassador for FOOTW to potential funders

A commitment to give considerable time to the development of the organisation.


Experience of working within the arts

Knowledge of charitable governance structures

Ability to review and interrogate financial reports

Strategic planning skills

Fundraising expertise

Business development – experience in business development planning and strategies


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Chair: Stephen O'Hagan

Stephen is currently an accredited Community Led Housing adviser supporting Community Land Trusts, Housing co-operatives and the like to provide appropriate housing solutions to their members and the wider community. As Head of Operations at north Manchester Community Interest Company Yes Manchester until recently he was operational lead of the organisation that provides three centres and an on-line presence supporting people into work and training. He has worked  in the social housing and regeneration sector for over 30 years in a variety of roles in the north west. Stephen takes a keen interest in the cultural life of Oldham and has attended numerous Oldham Theatre Workshop productions over more than 15 years.

Secretary: Jennifer Edmondson

Jen is a Mancunian born and bred and now lives in South Manchester with her husband and two of her three children.  She is a keen supporter of Manchester community charities and can often be heard expressing her views on parenting on BBC Radio 5 Live as well as other radio networks.

Jen got involved with Oldham Theatre Workshop in 2015 when her daughter joined the cast of Eyam and has remained involved ever since, often to be found backstage chaperoning, fettling costumes or doing prop jigsaws.

Treasurer: Clive Stubbings

I was born in London but have been resident in Manchester for over 20 years now.  I married a local girl and I love it here.

I have spent the last thirty-something years in the IT industry but my first love are the Arts, especially Music and Theatre.  As well as the joy they bring and their window on what it is to be human, they have a transformative power in the hands of organisations such as OTW which I have been very impressed with over the last few years that I have known and been involved in their work.

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