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Director of Estates

  • £80,000
  • Permanent
  • London, UK
  • 17246

Director of Estates

c. £80,000 plus excellent benefits

The National Theatre is seeking to recruit to the newly established role of Director of Estates.

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world-class theatre, for everyone. The National Theatre (NT) creates and shares unforgettable stories with audiences across the UK and around the world. On its own stages, on tour, in schools, on cinema screens and streaming at home, it strives to be accessible, inclusive and sustainable.   For more information about the NT, you can visit

The National Theatre is a Grade 2* listed building and perhaps the UK’s pre-eminent 20th-century example of Brutalist architecture, using a limited material palette used to maximum architectural effect.  This truly unique building has a floor coverage of over 57,000 sq.m. with a basement car park, substantial public foyer spaces, three auditoria, rehearsal rooms, office spaces and a complex of backstage spaces for technical resources and support areas, alongside costume making and construction workshops. All designed to make the NT self-sufficient in the theatre making process.  The portfolio extends to two other sites, the grade 2 listed National Theatre Studio in The Cut and The Hire Department Store in South London.

We are looking for a dynamic, energetic new Director of Estates to bring together all building, facilities and support related functions under one directorate to provide the strategic leadership and effective management to these areas, create a new Estate Development and Management Strategy to deliver a progressive and sustainable building and related support infrastructure that delivers to the National Theatre’s strategic aims, lead on environmental sustainability including reaching our net zero carbon emissions target by 2030, and lead on external stakeholder relationship management and advocacy including with Lambeth Council, the Mayor and the GLA.

We are seeking individuals with a proven track record of leading high-quality estates and facilities provision across a complex, high-footfall portfolio with end-user experience at the heart of service delivery.  The role calls for exceptional leadership skills, as the Director of Estates will lead a multi-disciplinary team across a broad spectrum of activities and services.  Potential candidates must have a passion for the NT’s purpose and the development and conservation of its iconic estate portfolio.

The role offers a fantastic career development opportunity to take responsibility for the leadership of estate development, facilities management and support services across a landmark estate portfolio.  The Candidate Brochure can be viewed at 

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Michael Hewlett ( / 07972579938) and Ben Duffill ( / 07976125010).  Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to
Closing date for applications is 18th September 2022.

Setting a culture where there is more representation in the work force, on the stage and in our programming and where staff and freelancers can succeed and thrive has been a central plank of our vision for the National Theatre.  Our ambition is to achieve greater diversity in the areas of gender, race, disability, sexuality, socio-economic background, faith and age.  

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