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Buxton International Festival is made of a small, passionate and dedicated team working all year round. We would love for you to join us to help inspire a new generation.

Associate Board Director

Two years ago BIF appointed its first young Associate Director. This position is treated in all respects as a full director of the company but is not registered as a full director or trustee and has no voting rights. Being responsible for running an Opera Festival is a financial and reputational risk and the Board of BIF does not think it fair to burden a younger, inexperienced colleague with that responsibility. We do, however, want a younger person’s perspective and the person appointed is treated in every other resect as a full Board member, invited to play a full and vocal part in proceedings and privy to all information.

The first to be appointed was opera director, Mark Burns. Mark trained at the RNCM. He works regularly with the Royal Opera, Glynebourne, Opera North and many others. He is regarded as one of the most talented young up and coming directors. He is passionate about education and is artistic direct of Opera Box producing operas with small casts.

This is what he has to say:

‘Having spent the past two years as an Associate Board Director at the Festival I’ve been able to build an understanding of how high level arts management works. From the financials to marketing and development, all aspects of how the company operates are there to be explored and colleagues have been available to offer their expertise and advice to help guide my progress.

As I move forward with my career this position will stand me in good stead when I look towards management roles. To have demonstrable experience of board level work at this stage in my career is something that money can’t buy and I’m forever grateful to the Festival for their investment in my future.’

BIF is looking for a second Associate Director. If you are interested and think you have the right ambitions and skills, we would love to hear from you. Mark is more than happy to talk to anyone who would like more insight into his experience as a BIF Associate Director. The Board Chairman, Felicity Goodey, is also available to discuss the position if you are interested.

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There are four Board meetings a year. At present they are held via Zoom but in normal times, two in Buxton and two in London. Expenses are covered but there is no remuneration.

To apply please send a brief CV and a covering letter telling us why you are interested to:

Felicity Goodey


Buxton International Festival (BIF)

Closing date 31 September 2020.