Seeking new Trustees

Literature Works supports creative writing and reader development for people of all ages, from all walks of life across the South West of England.

We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity with a track record of success since 2009. We connect people, places and groups with the production and consumption of literature. We champion the power of poetry, story, writing and reading. We work to safeguard and develop their role in enriching our lives, society and culture. As a charity, we rely on knowledgeable and committed trustees to set our vision, strategy and future direction.

Following a recent board skills audit and the retirement of a number of existing trustees at the end of their term, we have vacancies for three new trustees.

We are looking for three skilled, experienced and enthusiastic individuals to join our Board to guide and support the organisation through its next exciting phase of development. You will help us become more resilient and able to navigate the risks and challenges ahead through the growth of commercial and grant income, provision of financial expertise or knowledge of charity law. New trustees ideally (but not essentially) will have experience of the cultural sector, an interest in writing and literature, and a familiarity with the arts ecology of South West England. They may also be writers with a demonstrable commitment to supporting the development of new writers and/or socially engaged practice. We welcome applications from people who have not held trusteeships before. Induction and training will be given.

Literature Works’ people are crucial to our success and we wish to attract people from a broad range of backgrounds, demographics and cultures to steer and inform our work. We are aiming for inclusivity, richness of experience and diversity to ensure a Literature Works Board of Trustees that reflects the diversity of contemporary society. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from LGBTQI, BAME, under 35-year old candidates and disabled people. All appointments will be made on merit of skill and experience relative to the role.

Specifically, we seek new trustees who can complement our existing board of trustees in these three fields:

1. Finance: Board Treasurer

2. Legal expertise

3. Business or commercial experience

To express interest in the role please submit a supporting statement (on no more than two sides of A4) that addresses the criteria in the role description and outlines your motivation in applying.

Please indicate clearly in the subject line of your email and in your statement which of the three trustee roles you are applying for.

Please also include a current CV with contact details for two referees. Please indicate your availability on the dates provided in the recruitment timeline below.

Please also ensure you have completed the online Equal Opportunities Monitoring form using the hyperlink at the end of the information pack below.

Completed expressions of interest should be submitted to Heather Norman-Soderlind, Chair of Trustees via

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process or wish to have an informal and confidential conversation of the role, please contact Helen Chaloner, Chief Executive via

Download the information pack here

Closing date for applications: Friday 30th October 2020