Are you interested in the using the arts as a tool for positive social change?  

Are you seeking opportunities within charity governance?

About Us

Established in 2004, Collective Encounters is a professional arts organisation specialising in using theatre as a tool for social change through collaborative practice. Collective Encounters works with people on the margins of society, telling untold stories and tackling pressing social and political concerns. We work within the Liverpool City Region with those who have been directly affected by poverty and inequality. Professional artists lead our activities, working in partnership with a number of individuals and agencies from a diverse range of sectors.

In 2019 Collective Encounters established a Centre for Excellence in Participatory Theatre.  This arm of the company delivers training, networking and advocacy activity on behalf of and with the (inter) national participatory theatre movement. The Centre for Excellence in Participatory Theatre  is a critical and unique resource for the participatory theatre movement with monthly events happening online attracting more than 1000 people annually.

We are funded by Arts Council England (via their National Portfolio programme), Big Lottery Reaching Communities, Liverpool City Council and has generous support from major trusts and foundations.

About You

We are seeking trustees with experience and expertise in:

  • communications
  • digital strategy
  • digital inclusion
  • research

This is alongside a passion for the potential of the arts to bring about positive social change to people and communities.

You will be willing to volunteer your time to:

  • attend 4 formal meetings per year
  • come along to a show or online event to ensure you can keep up to date with what we do and why we do it
  • take part in trustee working groups that help push forward specific operational and programming ambitions

We welcome applications from ‘first-time’ trustees and you should know that being a trustee is a voluntary role. If you would like to know more about what being a trustee involves here are some useful links:

What to do next 

We want to keep the trustee application process as inclusive and fair as possible.

In the first instance get in touch with Annette Burghes, Executive Director on annette [at] or 0151 345 6266 or 07811 175 095 to find out some more about what being a trustee involves.

We also have a trustee pack we can send you which tells you a little more about the organisation, our ambitions and programmes. We can email you this and have it in a range of accessible formats.

We might ask you to send in some information about your experience and your interest in Collective Encounters.

We can also organise a chat with our trustee Exec team so you can find out more about the organisation, and us you.

We’re hoping to recruit new trustees by 5th December 2022 so please get in touch before this date. 

Collective Encounters is a disability confident committed employer. We aim to carry out best practice in recruitment, in line with our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and our Anti-Racism Pledge (available on