Chair of Trustees

Arvon was founded in 1968 with the aim of developing the perfect environment for creativity and creative writing to flourish. It is a thriving and ambitious charity, highly respected for the quality of its residential courses which are open to all. Key target audiences include under 18s and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and some of Arvon’s most transformational work is with these people. Arvon’s centres in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire provide a unique setting for its courses which are run by professional writers.  The National Office is based in London with a FTE staff of 21 across the country and income for 2016 was in the region of £2million.

The current Chair, Alistair Burtenshaw, will step down later this year. The Board of Trustees would like to appoint his successor and is looking for someone who will take the charity forward in its growth and development. This is an exciting time to be leading the Board at Arvon. We have recently opened a successful new offer, the Clockhouse Writers Retreat in Shropshire, and we are in the throes of planning for Arvon’s 50th anniversary next year.

We are looking for someone who will bring leadership, vision and strategic thinking together with a passionate commitment to the charity’s mission, an inclusive style of chairing and the ability to act as an ambassador and advocate for Arvon. You will have good business and financial experience, an understanding of and enthusiasm for the arts and/or education worlds and an appreciation of the importance of fundraising to the charity.

This is a great opportunity for you to put your considerable skills to use and play an important role in the future of Arvon. The position is voluntary and the time commitment is in the region of three days a month. To find out more about the role, please visit for an information pack or call Jocelyn Ridley of JMR Consultants on 07976 395688. To learn more about Arvon, go to

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter of no more than 400 words to Closing date: Friday 21 July 2017

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