CLOSED: Join the AND Board

Thu 01 Dec 2022

Recruitment for AND Board Members and Associate Board Members is now closed.

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) are looking for individuals to join our Board in 2023, and will be digesting the amazing applications we have had from the recruitment process. 

In recent years we’ve increased and diversified the membership of the Board. As we look forward to our 15 year anniversary and 10th edition of the Festival, we are looking for new, dynamic and committed people to support further growth and development, build on our achievements and cement our growing international reputation.  

We recruited for Board Members, alongside an exciting new opportunity for two Associate Board Members.


Being a Board Member

Board Members play an integral role in providing robust governance and stewardship, in externally supporting future development through advocacy with regional, national and international stakeholders, potential funders and partners from the public and private sectors. Board Members benefit from working with a small, creative and enthusiastic team on the strategic development of the organisation.

What is an AND Associate Board Member?

We have developed a new, 12 month programme for two Associate Board Members.
These roles will work alongside the AND Board of Trustees, and have been designed as a development  programme aimed to support potential candidates who do not yet have (sufficient) board-level experience, or the required availability, but have the passion and potential to be a future AND Board member.

The Associate Board Member roles have been created to support individuals who are currently under-represented in the cultural sector, providing greater access to training opportunities, and to add further diversity and richness of perspective to the organisation. It was not necessary for applicants to have governance/board-level exposure or experience, but a general understanding of how boards work was required.

Associate Board Members will:

  • bring unique experience from their field of expertise 
  • share our passion for new ideas and artforms
  • place inclusion and engagement at the heart of our culture and vision
  • be provided with relevant shadowing, mentoring or training opportunities to support their skills development over 12 months
  • attend quarterly AND Board meetings (without legal responsibility or voting rights) 
  • have the opportunity to apply to become a Board Member after 12 months

Joining the AND Board as a Trustee 

As well as recruiting into our new Associate Board Member roles, we recruited for individuals to join the AND Board with experience in the following areas:

  • Environmental and Sustainability
  • Finance and Operations 
  • International / Senior Arts & Culture
  • Legal and Human Resources
  • Research and Innovation
  • PR / Digital Communications

We’re committed to opening up opportunities to people who are currently under-represented in the cultural sector, and we particularly welcomed applications from candidates from ethnically diverse backgrounds, Disabled candidates and candidates under 30.

What is it like to be on the AND Board?

Click here to read an interview with our Trustees Sam Bompass and Katie Moffat about being on the AND Board.

Equality and Diversity

Abandon Normal Devices are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that a diverse workforce enables more innovative, creative and dynamic workplaces. We want to reflect the diversity of our audiences in our workforce; therefore, we actively seek and welcome applicants from, including but not limited to; ethnically or culturally diverse backgrounds, diverse sexualities and genders, disabled and d/Deaf people, or those with unconventional career paths. We will be using positive action under the Equality Act 2010 to appoint, should candidates be equally qualified.


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Image Credit: We Dwell Below, by Ooni Studios at Hancock Museum, 2018. Commissioned & Produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Photo credit Jimi Stine

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