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Chief Executive Officer

Following a major Heritage Lottery-funded refurbishment and relaunch in 2017, the Corn Hall in Diss is looking for a dynamic and inspirational CEO to take the organisation to the next exciting and challenging stage of its development.

The Corn Hall is located in Diss Norfolk on the Suffolk border and serves a catchment area of within 20-30 miles radius. It is a widely respected and much-loved community arts venue which provides engaging, accessible, high-quality events and participatory activities for everyone.

While continuing to deliver a lively and varied arts and entertainment programme and maintaining our well-respected gallery, we plan to increase our community involvement to reflect Arts Council England’s Let’s Create strategic vision, and to grow income from our hire, café and bar.

The successful applicant will provide inspiring and collaborative leadership, and will be responsible for managing staff and volunteers, for marketing the organisation, and for corporate and private hires.

Please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] saying why you are the person to take the Corn Hall forward at this pivotal time in its development.

Closing date is 9am, Wednesday 4 August 2021 and interviews will be held w/c 9th August 2021.

Full time.

A full Job Description is below.


 The CEO provides strategic leadership and is responsible for the direction and financial sustainability of the Corn Hall.

As such the postholder will: 

·         Work closely with the Chair of Trustees, Trustees and key staff members to develop, implement and monitor the strategic vision and business plan of the Corn Hall so that it is understood and acted upon by all key stakeholders.

·         Working with the Chair of Trustees, use financial and management controls to manage expenditure, income levels and legal compliance of the organisation.

·         Act as an advocate and public face for the Corn Hall, maintaining and building a positive profile of the Corn Hall and to promote its core purpose and values.

·         Be a leader driven by a commitment to ensuring that the Corn Hall is an exemplary multi-purpose art centre, embedded in the community which provides engaging, accessible, high quality events and participatory activities for everyone.


  • To lead on the development of the Corn Hall vision, strategy and business plan (including recruitment and financial targets), carrying it forward to ensure its implementation into practice.
  • To ensure that the Corn Hall clearly communicates its vision, ethos and values and that they are consistently applied across the organisation.
  • To ensure that Corn Hall audiences, visitors and participants are provided with an exceptional experience in a welcoming environment and as active participants in a creative community.
  • To promote excellent leadership across the organisation.
  • To be responsible for the leadership of staff working for the Corn Hall, and for the management, quality and administration of the organisation.
  • To promote the development and maintenance of high standards within the staff and volunteer teams.
  • To create coherence and genuine collaboration across the Corn Hall organisation so that all members of staff and volunteers work together to bring about improvements.
  • To ensure that appropriate effective and efficient partnerships are built and maintained with other key organisations.
  • To ensure effective communication and consultation with all stakeholders.
  • To keep abreast of developments and best management practice in the arts sector in order to introduce appropriate innovation.
  • To seek opportunities to expand and promote the work of the Corn Hall­ regionally.
  • To be the Accountable Officer to the Chair of Trustees.
  • To ensure the Corn Hall is a leading light within the arts community in the Eastern region.


  • In close collaboration with the Chair of Trustees to ensure that the Corn Hall’s aims, objectives and business plan are regularly reviewed by the Board of Trustees.
  • To attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and in close collaboration with the Chair of Trustees to ensure that the corporate governance arrangements are both effective and fully compliant with all legislative requirements.
  • In close collaboration with the Chair of Trustees to ensure that robust self-evaluation processes are developed and implemented within the Board of Trustees and at all levels of the organisation.


  • To develop an appropriate and effective organisation structure which can accommodate potential expansion, while retaining accountability and minimising bureaucracy.
  • To ensure the progress and implementation of decisions made by the Board of Trustees.
  • Taking account of the Corn Hall’s objectives, to manage and build income streams from daytime hire, bar and café to sustain the organisation and its activities, ensuring a balanced income stream.
  • To be responsible for overseeing marketing for the organisation across all media.
  • To be accountable to the Board for all aspects of health and safety at the Corn Hall including ensuring that the technical infrastructure of the building is operational, safe and maintained.
  • To ensure the effective deployment, training and performance management of key members of staff and volunteers.
  • To ensure the progress and implementation of decisions made by the Board of Trustees.
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post of CEO as agreed with the Board.


  • To be responsible to the Board for the overall financial health of the organisation.
  • To build and maintain adequate financial reserves as agreed with the Board.
  • To produce an annual budget and manage within that budget.
  • To ensure the provision of clear and effective reporting to the Board, funding bodies, Charity Commission and Companies House.
  • To develop and maintain key funding relationships, and oversee the creation of major funding bids.
  • To grow a long-term sustainable income stream from individual and corporate donations.


Key criteria



Qualifications and experience

·         Degree level qualification

·         Experience of working as a senior leader within an Arts Organisation

·         Experience of effectively managing others

·         Personnel management experience including appraisal, motivation and performance monitoring

·         Strong experience in organisational resource and financial management

·         Experience of effective partnership working and of developing good working relationships with all stakeholders

·         Experience of successful bid writing and fundraising from the public and private sectors

·         Evidence of collaborative and inspirational leadership skills

·         Ability to act as ambassador for the Corn Hall and its interests

·         Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as required


·         Knowledge of available funding streams for creative industries including legacy giving, knowledge of the Arts Council England funding system and policy

·         Connections in the arts sector

·         Experience of working with boards of Trustees within a charity

·         Experience or understanding of developing and implementing an organisational business strategy

·         Experience of change management

Skills and abilities

·         An entrepreneurial mindset with an ability to identify emerging trends and opportunities and build partnerships to develop and grow the organisation

·         Proven ability to develop, communicate and successfully implement strategies

·         Ability to challenge effectively 

·         Ability to adapt to change, and successfully manage change situations to achieve a positive outcome

·         Effective organisational skills

·         Excellent written communication skills including preparation of compelling reports and presentations

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with personal credibility to challenge and influence at a Senior Level

·         Advocacy, facilitation and negotiation skills

·         Ability to innovate, finding creative solutions to problems and encouraging others to work innovatively

·         Ability to communicate and empathise with staff at all levels



Work-related personal qualities

·         Demonstrable personal enthusiasm and commitment to leadership

·         Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and to making the organisation a leader in equality, diversity and inclusion