This area of the site provides information on the governance of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Legal Status
The Northern School of Contemporary Dance was established as a higher education corporation on 27 September 1994 under the Education Reform Act 1988.

The NSCD Instrument and Articles set out the School’s constitution, responsibilities and powers.

Whilst NSCD is a legally autonomous organisation it is also one of eight Schools that work together through a shared consultative and decision-making structure under the auspices of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD). CDD is a Higher Education Institution and charitable company limited by guarantee and is ultimately accountable for the proper use and stewardship of the public funds it receives on behalf of the eight Schools.

Charitable status
The School is an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993 (later consolidated in the Charities Act 2011).

As an exempt charity the School:

  • Benefits from the same tax advantages as all charities;
  • Does not have to register with the Charity Commission which usually oversees institutions with charitable status;
  • Is regulated via CDD by The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which regulates all of the institutions that it funds and has a duty to ensure that the School complies with charity law and meets its legal obligations in exercising control and management of the administration of the School.

The School’s charitable purpose is the advancement of education, which involves sustaining and promoting teaching, learning and original research.

Correspondence Address
98 Chapeltown Road

Governance Framework
In line with its Instrument and Articles the School has determined a Governance Structure and Rules and By laws.


Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for:

  • The determination of the educational character and mission of the School and for the oversight of its activities;
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the School and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • The appointment, grading, assignment, appraisal, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of the holders of senior posts; and
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.


Membership and Constitution

Governor/Trustee Profiles

Other Charity Trusteeships


Committees of the Board of Governors
The Board has established a number of committees to assist it in effectively carrying out its responsibilities.

Terms of Reference Audit Committee
Terms of Reference Finance Committee
Terms of Reference Nominations Committee
Terms of Reference Remuneration Committee

Becoming a Governor

Due to a number of long standing members coming to the end of their term of office the School is currently seeking to appoint a number of dedicated, self-motivated and talented trustees.

The School is seeking trustees with the energy, skills, expertise and connections to support the achievement of its new strategic objectives and who:

  • Are sympathetic and excited to contribute to realising and evolving the School’s vision and strategy.
  • Value the transforming power of an arts education, ideally with a special interest in dance.
  • Are willing to commit time and energy – not just to preparing for and attending meetings, but to inspiring, challenging and supporting the leadership team, attending some performances and acting as an ambassador for the School in contributing to our future development and sustainability.
  • Are innovative and creative thinkers able to stimulate and contribute to well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making.
  • Have the highest aspirations for the School and strive for excellence at all times.
  • Are dedicated, committed and self-motivated.

 The School is particularly looking for individuals who can offer:

  • Experience of working at executive leadership level within Higher Education
  • Experience of the development of facilities and estates at a strategic level.
  • Connectivity to and influence with the Leeds business community.
  • National connection to the arts and dance in particular.
  • Fundraising expertise at a strategic level, including developing corporate fundraising strategies and capacity.
  • Expertise in corporate profile raising and communication to assist the School in raising its profile, reaching out to local, national and global markets and strengthening its brand recognition.
  • Experience in legal and commercial contexts in particular relating to charitable or educational institutions

For further information please download the information pack.

The process for the selection and appointment of members is outlined in the document the Procedure for the Appointment of Members of the Board of Governors and its Committees.