After nearly 27 years in post as Chief Executive of The Book Trade Charity, David Hicks will be retiring in March 2021.

The search is on for his successor.

Kings Langley, Hertfordshire 

£70,000 to £80,000, dependent on experience

The Book Trade Charity is the route through which the UK Book Trade helps colleagues in need and encourages fresh talent to join. We support the UK book trade, working with colleagues in difficult personal circumstances, young people (particularly from diverse or non-traditional backgrounds) who wish to gain employment in the industry, and partnering with employers to deliver appropriate, targeted support services. 

Established in 1837, we have provided financial assistance, affordable housing and support to book trade people for over 180 years, including accommodation for interns entering the trade. We aim to ensure book trade people know how, where and when to approach The Book Trade Charity for confidential support and advice, and to help with relief in need and hardship.

We are looking for a CEO to grow The Book Trade Charity to its next level of impact. Working with the Board and building on our reputation, the CEO will strategically review the current landscape and identify new opportunities to maximise our impact and grow services that best support our clients. This will include diversifying our funding, building our profile with the book trade and maximising our resources. The CEO will also lead the organisation externally with key stakeholders and internally to support our staff.

In order to continue to develop and provide the best possible service for the book trade, we seek an individual with sound leadership experience and a track record of developing organisations to be the best they can be, from reviewing internal practices to developing external opportunities. Our new CEO will have senior level experience of working closely with a Board and leading a staff team to develop the infrastructures for success. They will also have a strong understanding of how to grow and diversify income. As an agile and inspirational leader, the incoming CEO will be a strong communicator and a supportive leader who is able to juggle multiple priorities, as well as being able to develop relationships with a breadth of stakeholders.

To download the candidate information pack and for further details on how to apply please visit the link below: 

If having reviewed the candidate information pack you would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Anna Gardet or Roberta Giubilini at Prospectus on 020 7691 1920, or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Deadline for applications:             Monday 12th October 2020 

Interviews with Prospectus:        20th October – 4th November 2020 

Engagement meetings with The Book Trade Charity:         w/c 9th November 2020 

Panel interviews with The Book Trade Charity:    24th and 25th November 2020  

The Book Trade Charity is committed to achieve greater diversity in its executive team and welcome applications regardless of sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, belief or disability.