Board of Trustees

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Manchester International Festival (MIF) is looking for new Trustees to join our Board as we prepare to run The Factory, the landmark new arts space being built in the heart of the city.

Closing Date 10 December 2021

The role of a charity trustee is to do what you and your co-trustees decide will best enable the charity to carry out its charitable purposes.

For further detail see MIF Board of Trustees – Role Description Nov 2021

Peridot Partners is acting as an advisor to Manchester International Festival on this. For an informal conversation about the positions and to submit an Expression of Interest in the role, please send a CV and covering letter to our executive search advisor at Peridot Partners, Lucy Mavers,

What we’re looking for from our Board members is:
• Understanding and passion for the vision and mission of MIF and The Factory
• Enthusiasm and interest in arts and culture
• Willingness to ask questions and challenge assumptions and ways of thinking to help MIF continue to improve its practice
• Willingness and ability to apply knowledge and skills to MIF’s development and delivery
• An understanding of and commitment to diversity and representation – in all its forms

We are looking for Trustees that bring substantial experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
• Arts Leadership
• Digital Content / Broadcasting
• Marketing / Sponsorship / Branding

Time Commitment
Being a Trustee takes commitment. We ask our Board members to attend four half-day board meetings a year. There are occasional voluntary sub-groups meetings and also a board away day in September.

In addition, there are also four main sub-committees which meet four times a year in line with the Board Meeting, however trustees are not expected to attend these additional sub-committee meetings.

  • HR Committee
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Commercial Committee
  • Ethics Committee

Meetings take place at MIF’s main office in Manchester City Centre. MIF will however always continue to support hybrid meetings.

It would also be of value for Board Members are to attend MIF / The Factory events where possible


This is a voluntary role however we are committed to supporting our Board members with any reasonable out of pocket expenses. This might include any necessary travel, subsistence and accommodation for meetings or events, childcare or other dependent expenses whilst attending meetings, specific telephone and broadband charges, and other board related expenses as agreed in advance will be reimbursed.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements (such as printed forms/Job Packs) please contact the Festival Office 0161 8174500 to discuss or email

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