The Marlowe
Consultant support for strategy development

Consultant support for strategy development

Fixed Term

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury is one of this country’s most successful large-scale independent theatres, with a 1,200-seat main house, a 150-seat studio and The Marlowe Kit, home to our thriving Youth Company. We present a year-round programme of touring theatre, musicals, dance, opera, music and comedy. We also produce theatre for and with the communities of Kent and support regional artists and theatre-makers.

The Marlowe became an independent charitable trust in December 2018 and, led by Chair Jonathan Church and Chief Executive Deborah Shaw, we have developed a Vision for a Kent that is thriving, creative, connected, confident and compassionate and a core mission to be Kent’s engine house for the performing arts.

The Marlowe’s strategic managers are now leading the development of a suite of strategies which will steer our business plan and activity to ensure we deliver our core mission. We are currently undertaking a wide-ranging stakeholder consultation to inform the strategies which are:

  • Learning and Participation Strategy
  • Artist Development Strategy
  • Audience Development Strategy
  • Skills Development Strategy
  • Diversity Strategy

We are looking to appoint a consultant with specialist experience of strategy development and knowledge of the sector to support our management team to develop an ambitious suite of strategies.

We particularly want the consultant to challenge our strategic managers to ensure that:

  • Our plans are strategic and responding to the Marlowe’s artistic direction
  • Evaluation is embedded in our strategies
  • Our suite of strategies is cohesive and focussed on delivering the Vision and Mission.

Please note that, in addition to this position, we are also seeking a consultant to provide challenge and advice to our management team to ensure that our commitment to diversity is embedded and made real in our strategies.


We expect the stakeholder consultation to be completed by May 2021 and the strategies to be complete soon after.

We will agree the structure of the project with the successful consultant, but support could be provided as:

Introductory meeting with Executive Team – one hour
First meetings (virtual or in person) with strategy leaders – five x two hours
Second meetings with strategy leaders – five x one and a half hours
Final meetings with strategy leaders – five x one and a half hours
Time to review work completed – 10 hours

Total hours to deliver project – 35 hours – although this is subject to discussion and agreement.

If you are interested in working with us during this exciting phase of our development, please send a CV with covering letter highlighting your credentials for this work, your fee proposal and two referees via email to Paula no later than 12pm on Monday 8 March.

If you have any questions regarding this brief, please contact Paula Gillespie here.