Seeking new trustees


London’s writer development agency Spread the Word is looking for three new Trustees.

Spread the Word is here to help London’s writers make their mark – on the page, the screen and in the world. We do this by kickstarting the careers of London’s best new writers, and energetically campaigning to ensure that publishing truly reflects the diversity of the city. We support the creative and professional development of writing talent, by engaging those already interested in literature and those who will be, and by advocating on behalf of both.

We’re specifically looking for Trustees with skills in legal, financial and HR – but of equal importance is finding people who share our ambition to support writers from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds to ensure that Londoners get to read, hear and see stories that are truly reflective of our capital city.

If you think you would enjoy the challenge of helping us deliver this work and share our commitment to writers and writing, then we want to hear from you.

As a potential Trustee you will have:

  • A strong commitment to literature, writers and a passion for writing;
  • Excellent advocacy and ambassadorial skills and the ability to contribute strategically to Spread the Word’s development over the next three years;
  • Excellent networks that could opening doors to generate new funding and create new income streams;
  • Clear strategic thinking;
  • Good, independent judgement;
  • An ability to think creatively;
  • Specific skills in HR, legal or finance.

While the role is voluntary, you’ll need to attend four board meetings per year at the Spread the Word office in Deptford, South East London and the occasional or sub-committee meeting or event.

If you’re interested please send a CV and a short covering note explaining why you’d like to become a Trustee, including what skills and expertise you would bring to Spread the Word, to Rishi Dastidar (Chair of Board) at betarish at gmail dot com by Friday 6 April 2018.

For more information on Trustee Responsibilities and Person Specification, please download this pdf:

Spread the Word Trustee Responsibilities and Person Specification



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