a-n is inviting only artists to apply for the role of Chair of the Board.

a-n is committed to developing artists as leaders and to becoming an artist-led organisation. Candidates may be at different stages of their leadership development, with different levels of governance experience. The new Chair will be given a full induction and access to training opportunities and, where appropriate, aspects of the role and responsibilities may be shared with other Board members.

The new Chair will be joining a-n at a pivotal moment as we review our mission, values and aims, write a 5-year business plan, and develop a new brand and new website

Role and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the Board, chairing meetings and facilitating Board business
  • Set high governance standards and oversee the performance of the Board and its members
  • Provide direction in setting strategy, policy and decision-making
  • Ensure the Board understands its liabilities in relation to risk and compliance
  • Model openness, inclusivity, impartiality and confidentiality
  • Facilitate a supportive and positive approach alongside robust scrutiny and challenge
  • Line manage and support the CEO, including objective setting and annual appraisal
  • Oversee Board recruitment and induction
  • Act as an ambassador for a-n, representing the organisation and membership externally

The anticipated time commitment is 2 to 3 days per month at £250 per day.

How to apply

See a-n Chair Recruitment Pack for full details about the Board and the role of Chair.

Deadline for applications: Monday 5 September 2022, 12 noon.

About a-n

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 28,000 members and is the UK committee of the UNESCO International Association of Art (IAA). In 2020 we celebrated our 40-year anniversary, having grown from a grass-roots 500-copy-a-month newsletter in 1980, to a magazine, online platform, and now a professional membership organisation focusing on our members’ needs.

In the past 2 years the company has shown resilience and made a strong recovery from the disruptions of the pandemic. We are in excellent financial and reputational health, with a strong staff, Board and advisory council, a growing and loyal membership, and the success of influential campaigns and programmes to build on. For more information about a-n and the Board visit a-n.co.uk/about/a-n-board/.