United Kingdom
07 Mar 2017
21 Apr 2017
Contract Type

Role: Trustee

Company: Arvon

Salary: Voluntary

Closing date: 5pm Monday 24 April 2017

Arvon is seeking a new Trustee with relevant expertise in architecture and building conservation to lead the Properties Committee.

Arvon is a thriving arts charity, renowned for its residential writing courses at residential creative writing courses at three historic houses in Shropshire, Devon and Yorkshire. The Properties Committee is responsible for the maintenance and conservation of Arvon’s properties - the Arvon estate amounts to approx. 60 acres in all. The Properties Committee meets three times a year.

Each year Arvon’s public programme delivers over 80 creative writing courses and retreats, attended by more than 1,200 aspiring writers. Arvon also hosts up to 50 weeks for schools and community groups, reaching over 700 young people and vulnerable adults. The Board provides Arvon with guidance and support in delivering this ambitious work. Arvon is supported by Arts Council England.

Trustees are instrumental in the strategic planning of Arvon and overseeing the overall artistic policy, ensuring that the organisation’s assets are safeguarded by providing strong governance in the areas of finance and management, championing Arvon’s work and helping to fundraise.

Applicants must submit a CV, with names and contact details of two referees, and a letter of not more than 500 words explaining what they would bring to the Arvon Board and why they wish to become a Trustee.

We need to receive completed applications by 5pm on Monday 24 April. They should be either emailed to Ruth Borthwick (Chief Executive and Artistic Director) or posted to:

Ruth Borthwick


Free Word Centre

60 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3GA

Formal interviews for shortlisted candidates are planned to take place at the Free Word Centre, London, dates to be confirmed.

If you have any questions about the role please email Meriel Schindler (Trustee and Chair of the Nominations Committee) at

For more information and details on how to apply please visit our website here to download the Trustee Recruitment Pack.

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