We are currently seeking

A new Chair and up to three Board Members

Norfolk & Norwich Festival (NNF) is seeking an exceptional, well-networked individual to become Chair of the Board after the 2016 Festival, when Caroline Jarrold will be stepping down following 9 years as Chair.

The successful candidate will lead the trustees, will work with the Artistic Director/Executive Director and the senior team to shape NNF’s future and will help to significantly raise the national profile of the organisation.

There are also up to 3 vacancies for Board members who will support the organisation and its development and act as enthusiastic ambassadors for NNF.

The new Chair will join the Company at a time of exciting growth and development. As a National Portfolio Organisation NNF successfully secured £4m of funding over three years from Arts Council England through to March 2018. Since the start of 2016 NNF has achieved charitable status having established a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation and a new subsidiary trading company. The Chair will be integral in leading the organisation as NNF heads towards its 250th anniversary in 2022.

As an accomplished leader in their field, the successful Chair candidate will be a politically aware strategic thinker with proven commercial acumen and will ensure excellent governance and Board performance. S/he will have a demonstrable interest in the arts, a clear commitment to diversity and to engaging young people in the arts and access to a broad, diverse network across the private and public sectors. S/he will be a strong communicator and will be an outstanding advocate for the organisation.

For the Board vacancies we are looking for people with a wide breadth of skills and experience, in particular in arts producing, development and/or digital, and who can offer a regional, national or international perspective on the organisation.

NNF Board - Chair & Board Member Specification 2016

NNF Organisational Structure April 2016

Festival Bridge Overview - Feb 2016

NNF Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the UK’s big 4 arts festivals and also one of the oldest, tracing its origins back to the founding of the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital in 1772 when a fundraising concert was held in Norwich Cathedral. Its 250th Anniversary will fall in 2022.

In 1988 the Festival became an annual event and now runs for 16 to 17 days every May, transforming and celebrating both city and county through an internationally acclaimed programme of music, theatre, circus, dance, visual arts, literature and outdoor arts, reaching audiences of over 70,000 people.

NNF has a reputation for innovative and inspirational programming, high profile commissions, collaborations and premieres from around the world and presenting work in extraordinary places. It is proud of its growing reputation and influence as a destination Festival and of its ongoing contribution to putting Norwich and Norfolk ever more firmly on the map as a place where people choose to live, work and visit. Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016 will run from 13 - 29 May 2016.

NNF also produces Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios which is one of the largest and most successful open studio schemes in the country. NNOS 2016 will run from 28 May to 12 June 2016.

In addition, NNF runs one of the 10 national Bridge organisations (Festival Bridge). Funded by Arts Council England, the Bridges provide a direct link or 'bridge' between those working with children, young people, schools and communities with arts and cultural organisations. Festival Bridge creates and facilitates partnerships and networks that radically improve the cultural offer for all children and young people across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk. 

Chair: This post is voluntary and for an initial term of three years with the potential to hold office for up to 2 further terms.

Board Members:  This post is voluntary and for an initial term of three years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term.

Further information
To find out more about Norfolk & Norwich Festival, please visit our homepage

Please see links at the bottom of the page to download further information, including Board Member specification, Festival Bridge Overview and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Click here to see the NNF 2016 Festival brochure

Click here to see the 2016 NNOS brochure

If you would like to have an informal and confidential discussion about applying please contact Alex Darbyshire, Executive Director, at or 01603 877 753.

If the opportunity to be Chair or a board member of NNF excites you, please apply in writing enclosing a CV, a letter stating why you are interested in the role and what skills/experience you can bring to the organisation and an equal opportunities monitoring form. Please return to:


Alex Darbyshire
Executive Director
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Augustine Steward House, 14 Tombland, Norwich NR3 1HF, Norfolk

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 16 May 2016, 10am
Norfolk & Norwich Festival runs from Friday 13 to Sunday 29 May 2016 and we hope you will experience as much of it as possible
Interviews will be held in Norwich in June 2016

Although not public appointments, the seven principles of public life as defined by the Nolan Commission (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership) are applicable to these roles.


NNF Board - Chair & Board Member Specification 2016

NNF Organisational Structure April 2016

Festival Bridge Overview - Feb 2016

NNF Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form