Cowley Road WorksArea: Oxfordshire
Deadline: Tuesday 31 January 2017

Cowley Road Works (CRW) is a small, independent charity, which took over the production of the annual Cowley Road Carnival in 2009. It delivers one of the UK’s biggest, free, outdoor cultural events and is one of the most successful carnivals in the UK, superseded only by the grandfather of all carnivals, Notting Hill.

CRW uses arts and cultural events as a platform to interact positively with different groups facing a myriad of social and cultural barriers. Through its work it raises funds, awareness and access to cultural and arts based learning, activity and engagement, regardless of socio-economic barriers.

Access to world class arts, culture and learning as a tool for personal growth, community cohesion and wellbeing is the under-pinning principal of all CRW’s delivery and the essence of Cowley Road Carnival.

Cowley Road Works is looking to enhance its Board of Trustees by appointing a new Chair Person to lead the organisation as it grows and expands its services. It wants to deliver more and better arts and cultural events, and needs to develop both its income generation and infrastructure in order to achieve that goal. It hopes to find an individual with experience of leadership in the cultural, arts, public, private or not for profit sector, who can drive strategic thinking, is skilled at people management and is knowledgeable about finance.

CRW is particularly in need an individual with strong contacts or links in to the arts and commercial world, although it is open to meeting all applicants interested in this role.

Applicants would ideally live within commuting distance of their offices in Oxfordshire although those residing further out around the UK would be considered if appropriate. A commitment of attending a trustee meeting once every two months and being contactable by the Exec Director for focus sessions and prospect meetings where necessary is required along with an expectation to attend key annual events such as Carnival and annual fundraisers.

If you’d like to help with the valuable work CRW does and you see value in providing cultural events/experiences to even the most disenfranchised of communities, this could be a great opportunity for you.

CRW are also looking for three new trustee board members. It has a particular interest in members with arts, events, wealth management and/or legal experience.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Johannah Aynsley, the Executive Director at or see the website: