Board member

Job type




Reports to

Board Chairman

An icon in the British events calendar, set against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the entertainment company renowned for staging magnificent, large-scale, spectacular events in Scotland and abroad. With 35 core employees, an annual turnover of £17M, over £12M in charitable giving since 1950 and over £77M in additionality being brought to the economy, the Tattoo sets out to deliver world-class entertainment that enriches lives through creativity, connection and contribution.

The Role

The Board is currently seeking a new Non-Executive Director with finance, audit and risk management experience. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will also be appointed as Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee (FRA) when the current Chair stands down in 2022.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

All Directors are expected to provide leadership, good governance and oversight.

Responsibilities include:

  • Shaping the strategic direction of the Company as a member of the Board and serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive as they develop and implement The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s strategic plan.
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for evaluating its impact, and monitoring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reading briefing packs and supporting materials in preparation for Board and committee meetings.
  • Approving The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the CEO.
  • Assisting the CEO and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
  • Partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments.
  • Representing The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organisation.
  • Ensuring The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo serves.

Board terms/Participation

The successful candidate will serve a four-year term in the first instance and, on agreement with the Board, can be eligible for re-appointment for a second term of four years. Board meetings are usually held in January, April, June and October. Directors are invited to attend a ‘Directors Night’ at the Tattoo during August. Directors are also asked to support the hosting of our guests on one or two nights during the run of August if they are able.

FRA meetings are held four times a year as decided by the Chair but usually in March, May, September and December.

As a charitable entity, service on the board is without remuneration.  As Chair of the FRA there will be a need for regular face to face engagement and therefore candidates should be able to travel to Edinburgh with relative ease.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Candidates will have achieved senior executive level appointment and have a track record of excellence in their career. Commercial experience in addition to strong strategic and financial acumen is essential.

Experience in entertainment, events and/or arts sectors is desirable but not a necessity.

How to apply

Please send a CV and letter of application, addressing how your experience matches the role description by email to

The letter of application should be no more than two sides of A4. All applications will be acknowledged.

For an informal conversation about the job, please email who can make appointments with the current Chair of FRA, Chief Executive or Chief Operating Officer.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 30th November 2020.

For full details, download an information pack (PDF).