Make your mark at Spread the Word
-we’re recruiting a new Chair of Trustees


Spread the Word is looking for a new Chair to lead our Board of Trustees. Our new Chair will build on our successes, having the responsibility to deliver Spread the Word’s strategy and provide leadership to the wider board. You will be an influential, supportive leader who builds confidence and consensus. Your responsibilities will include chairing and facilitating meetings, managing giving direction to policy, providing leadership for the Director, representing us at functions and meetings by acting as a spokesperson for the charity, all while bringing impartiality and objectivity.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals looking to strengthen London’s leading literature development agency, at a time of significant development and challenge for the sector. Of equal importance to us is finding a Chair who shares our mission of helping London’s writers make their mark – on the page, the screen and in the world.

We are clear that to do this with vision and confidence we must have a greater diversity of voices, and so we are particularly keen to hear from candidates from backgrounds currently under-represented in our leadership and governance (Black, Asian and Global Majority, LGBTQI, deaf or disabled candidates).

We will consider applicants seeking to apply as Co-Chair.

We interviewed some of our Trustees to find out about their roles here


Download our recruitment pack (.pdf and .docx files) for full details of the role and person specification.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please submit your CV and a short summary telling us what you might bring to the role of Chair of Spread the Word, what motivates you, why you think championing the values and aims of our organisation is an exciting prospect and any personal qualities, passions and ideas that you would bring as Chair of Spread the Word.

Your statement could be a letter (no longer than one side of A4), a 4-minute video or 4-minute voice memo – whatever you are comfortable with.

If you have any other access requirements in order to apply, please contact [email protected]

Please send your application to [email protected] by 5pm Friday 11 November 2022.

Interviews will be held on Friday 18 November and will be carried out virtually using online platforms.

We are also recruiting for two new Trustees to join our Board.

Published 14 October 2022