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.


Constitution and Membership of the Board of Governors

Governor Profiles

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

Governors play a vital role in ensuring the success of  Northern School of Contemporary Dance. The School has sixteen governors in total, including the Principal, staff and student members. Vacancies for these positions arise from time to time.

Although the role is unpaid, it offers individuals the opportunity to use their skills and experience, not only to contribute to the success of the School and its students, but also to the development of dance locally, nationally and internationally and to help shape the art form of the future. 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.

If you think you may be interested in applying to join the Board please contact the Clerk to the Governors at in the first instance, who will be delighted to talk to you further about any opportunities that are available.