Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sound and Music

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Sound and Music is looking for a new Chair of the Board of Trustees in September 2024 when Dr Greg Davies steps down after five years in the role (and five more as a trustee). If this sounds like you or somebody you know, read on below.

Application Details:

  • Application deadline: 23:59, 12 May 2024
  • Interviews with Trustees: 28 – 31 May 2024
  • Informal meeting with Chief Executive: 3 – 7 June

We are looking for a Chair who can bring strategic leadership, integrity and skills to lead our engaged and committed Board as the charity embarks on The Trail: Our Strategic Plan 2023-28. We’re seeking candidates passionate about encouraging creativity, cohesion and innovation through supporting composers of all ages to create new music and sound and enabling a wide range of audiences to engage with and be enriched by it. 

“This is an exciting time to become the Chair of the Board of Trustees, as Sound and Music embarks on a new five-year business plan. If you’re passionate about driving positive change, providing strong and visionary leadership, and supporting the next generation of composers, then do apply! Sound and Music is an exceptionally rewarding and uplifting organisation to work with.”

Dr Greg Davies, Outgoing Chair

How to apply

If you’re interested, please read the application pack linked below and contact Sound and Music’s Chief Executive, Dr Will Dutta, for an informal conversation via Zoom or phone.

If you think that being the Chair of Sound and Music is for you, please send a covering letter (no more than one side of A4) outlining:

  • Why you would like to become the Chair and what you feel you can contribute to the work of Sound and Music, bearing in mind what the organisation is looking for (section 2 above).
  • What achievements are you particularly proud of?
  • What do you hope to get out of being the Chair? 

You may also send a 3-minute video as your application. 

We can offer access support at any points in the process. If you have access needs, just let us know. 

Please submit either video or written application to before 23:59 on 12 May 2024. 

Download the Job Pack [PDF]

Infrequently Asked Questions

If you’re considering the role, please join us for Infrequently Asked Questions, an informal Q&A session hosted by Will Dutta, which will discuss the recruitment process and demystify any questions you might have around governance responsibilities.

The session takes place on Thursday 2 May from 12.00-12.30pm and you can sign up at the link below. If you’re unable to make the webinar, but have a question you’d like answered, please get in touch with us at

Sound and Music is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to making recruitment and employment at Sound and Music inclusive and accessible. We particularly welcome applications from backgrounds that experience racism, and/or who are disabled or neurodiverse, to whom we will offer an interview if you meet the essential criteria for the role.

If you feel you have just some of the required skills and experience but meet the person specification, we would still encourage you to apply; we are very open to continuing the training and development of individuals who are self-motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge relevant to the role.

For any other questions, please contact Cathy McCosker and Jo Bates at Reality HR:,

If you need the application pack in another format, email Grace Bailey:


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