Our Diversity in the Workforce (DiW) Working Group has now merged with the Anti Racism Action Group. Please visit the Anti Racism Action Group page for more details.

January 2024 Update

This group has now merged with the Anti Racism Action Group. Please visit the Anti Racism Action Group page for more details.

November 2023 Update

It has been decided that the Diversity in the Workforce Working Group will merge with the Anti Racism Action Group in 2024. This is due to increasingly overlapping content and to accelerate the impact of the work. Members of both groups will be invited to join the new group.

February 2023 Update

We have reviewed the 2021 Census Population Ethnicity statistics. In light of these we have agreed to increase our target for representation within the workforce to 20% by March 2024.

We have undertaken 37 workforce recruitments so far this financial year.

Of the applications received:

  • 83.2% identified as White
  • 15.7 % identified as Asian or British Asian, Black or British Black, or Mixed, Multiple or Other Heritage
  • 1.1% preferred not to say

Compared with the financial year 2021/22:

  • 87.2% identified as White
  • 11% identified as Asian or British Asian, Black or British Black, or Mixed, Multiple or Other Heritage
  • 1.5% preferred not to say

The fourth Anti-Racism Training session has been delivered to staff.

Access All Areas have delivered an Autism and Neurodiversity Awareness training session and will be delivering a session for customer facing staff in March 2023.

We will be delivering Disability Awareness training later in the spring.

We have been discussing the next steps for the group and how it can support other pathways to employment such as work experience. We are very much looking forward to starting to meet in person this year.

November 2022 Update

Staff are undertaking Anti-Racism training delivered by Included, three sessions were delivered in October, with a fourth to be delivered in January 2023.

We have been discussing ways to help staff retention, such as initiatives and non-contractual benefits. Permanent staff have received a small cost of living bonus as a gesture to acknowledge the current financial climate.

Employee representation statistics have been reviewed at 30 September 2022:

As at 31 March 2022 As at 30 September 2022
Number of employees 110 129
% of workforce identifying as Asian or British Asian, Black or British Black, or Dual, Mixed or Multiple Heritage 15% 16%
% of workforce identifying as Deaf, disabled or having a long term health condition 25% 26%
% of workforce identifying as female 60% 64%
% of workforce identifying as non-binary 2% 2%
% of job applicants identifying as Asian or British Asian, Black or British Black, or Dual, Mixed or Multiple Heritage 11% 13%


Population Ethnicity statistics from the 2021 Census have now been published. We shall be reviewing our targets for representation within the workforce in light of these statistics.

July 2022 Update

The Recruitment Policy has been signed off and has been put into practice with many vacancies being advertised. Since February there have been 23 vacancies and we look forward to welcoming many new members of staff. One of the new appointments is an Agent For Change whose remit includes developing employment opportunities for disabled people in the arts.

We held a joint meeting with the Anti-Racism Action Group in May. This was the first time the two groups had met and it was a very useful meeting, with both groups sharing the work they have been undertaking.

The Group is reviewing the places we advertise vacancies and are identifying new contacts and organisations, including people we already have a relationship with in a different capacity, to engage with our employment opportunities. To help address skills shortages within the Industry and develop pipelines, we are creating a programme of apprenticeship positions throughout the organisation.

Employee Representation
As at 31 March 2022 our employees identify as

2% Asian or British Asian
9% Black or British Black
5% Dual, Mixed or Multiple Heritage
85% White

19% LGBTQ+

60% Female
37% Male
2% Non-Binary
1% Prefer not to say

25% Deaf or disabled person, or have a long term health condition

4% aged 19 and under
54% aged 20 – 34
25% aged 35 – 49
15% aged 50 – 64
3% aged 65 and over

February 2022 Update

The Diversity in the Workforce Working Group has been reviewing policies and procedures, focusing on the Recruitment Policy and will include Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Dignity at Work Policies.

They have been considering the significant industry movement and the effect this has had on staff turnover, recruitment and retention and how it is impacting on diversity.

To help to address bias at the interview stage, we are forming a pool of people who have a range of lived experiences and different professional skills, who we will be able to call upon to diversify interview and shortlisting panels. The pool will receive training, to ensure that the shortlisting and interview processes are consistent and free from bias. Interview questions will be balanced and appropriate to the role being recruited. We are now providing candidates with questions before interview.

We have reviewed and updated how and where we place job recruitment adverts and have revised advert copy to ensure it is clear, welcoming and un-biased.

We continue to emphasise our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in our recruitment packs. We want to ensure that everyone can fully participate in the recruitment process and offer support and alternative ways to complete an application. We offer flexible working opportunities including job share and remote working.

% of Nottingham Playhouse’s employees who identify as ethnically diverse
2021/22 as at 28 February 2022       14.66%
2020/21 as at 31 March 2021             11.54%
2019/20 as at 31 March 2020              4.08%

% of job applications from people who identify as ethnically diverse
2021/22 to 28 February 2022              10.9%        (27 vacancies)
2020/21 as at 31 March 2021            25.14%        (3 vacancies)
2019/20 as at 31 March 2020              7.04%        (10 vacancies)

We have engaged Marcia Ore Consultancy to advise us on EDI matters. The Group has been working on a SWOT analysis with the consultant.

Working with the Anti-Racism Action Group, 2 members of the Diversity In The Workforce Working Group, Natalie Gasson-McKinley and Neena Sharma will be part of the Reporting Racism Group. This Group will receive, consider and respond to reports of racist incidents received through our new Reporting Racism System, which will soon be live on the website.

Nottingham Playhouse is co-chairing and contributing to city wide EDI activity around recruitment and retention, sharing best practise and learning from successful initiatives in other organisations. This work extends to Decolonising the Curriculum, data analysis, programming and career progression and the interrelation of all these factors in employment.

As planned, the group have now moved to meeting every six weeks, to allow for more work to take place between meetings.

We are very grateful for the effective advice, support and time that members of the Working Group so generously give us as we continue our work to improve representation in our workforce.

April 2021 Update

Three-weekly meetings have continued, with the working group having regular input on an increasing number of recruitment processes.  This work will become more and more impactful as the Covid Roadmap moves forward and we are able to recruit to more roles in the coming months.

In addition, the group has now created a brief for a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant to advise us on matters of EDI and HR.  The group also have advised on diversity documents including UK Theatre’s forthcoming Inclusive Recruitment Guide and Anti-Racism Touring Rider, and work in response to the Leicester NPO Black Lives Matter Framework.

Following project work and recommendations by Psychology students at Nottingham Trent University, we have adopted a number of inclusion practices including anonymising job applications pre interview, 6-monthly diversity audits of staff views and experiences, and surveying job applicants to ascertain their experience of the application process.​

January 2021 Update

The Group has now agreed to meet every three weeks to allow time for actions to be completed between meetings.

They have been contributing to recruitment processes, including advising on recruitment packs, panels, interview procedures, and reaching a more diverse range of potential employees. This work has already had a positive impact, with a more representative range of candidates applying, interviewing and being appointed.

We have been using the Mosaic database, which analyses demographics based on postcode, to further understand who we are reaching.

We are also looking into mental health and well-being statistics.

The group looks forward to working with the newly established Diversity Working Group, which is focussed on ensuring the wider culture of the Playhouse is representative and a safe space for all.

September 2020 Update

We established our Diversity in the Workforce Working Group (DiW) and, in the first two meetings, the Terms of Reference were agreed.

The purpose of the group is as follows:

‘Assessing the impact of Positive Action. Devising a programme of change to deliver at least 15% representation in the permanent staff make-up of Nottingham Playhouse in the area of staff who are Black, Asian and ethnically diverse. Delivering the programme and evaluating it against the ultimate aim of ensuring that the workforce of Nottingham Playhouse represents the diversity of the community we serve.’

A timeline is being discussed to agree a deadline for an Action Plan to be presented to the Nottingham Playhouse Board of Trustees for feedback.


We will continue to update this page with the group’s development.