Open Call for New Trustees

By Leo Shire on March 7, 2018 in

Wasafiri is a leading magazine in the field of International Contemporary Writing. It publishes ground-breaking work on literary cultures from across the globe, and offers a rare platform to emerging writers from all backgrounds, in particular reaching out to marginalised voices. We are a registered charity and an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation. Through our strong, three-way partnership with ACE, Queen Mary University of London and global academic publisher, Taylor & Francis, Wasafiri has built strong foundations in its thirty-four years of publishing. We are now embarking upon an exciting five-year programme of work, including publication of our 100th Issue and celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary in 2019. To deliver our key objectives we are now looking for dynamic, visionary and energetic leaders to steer Wasafiri through this strategic period.


Who we are

For over three decades, Wasafiri has created a dynamic platform for the publication of international contemporary writing, featuring a diverse range of cultural contexts, both in Britain and elsewhere. Committed since its founding by Susheila Nasta in 1984 to extending the established boundaries of literary culture, it is respected worldwide as one of the first magazines in Britain to have consistently provided a space for writers from across the globe and from the UK’s diaspora. Inclusive in ethos, the magazine continues to expand its content, identifying new fields of interest. Wasafiri today is a forward-looking, vibrant arts organisation supported by a number of strong partnerships. It runs several live events each year both in the UK and internationally.


Profile of new trustees

We welcome leaders based in the UK who are passionate about inclusivity and the written word who have experience of working in publishing, literature, digital media, arts and cultural organisations. We also welcome applications from journalists and artists. We are interested in candidates who have the capacity to contribute actively and who could enhance the diversity of our board as well as bring fresh perspectives to our work.


Being a trustee

Board meetings take place five times per year (four board meetings and one away day); trustees are expected to attend at least three meetings, as well as to participate in sub-committees and to engage directly with Wasafiri’s work through events, advocacy and networking.  The post of a charity trustee is not a remunerated position. Trustees are recompensed for the travel and if necessary, accommodation costs associated with attending meetings and for any other costs incurred whilst undertaking planned activities on behalf of the organisation. Trustees are recruited for an initial three-year term of office. Membership can be reviewed after three years of service and trustees can be re-appointed. Trustees can resign at any time.


Our recruitment process

Our process for appointing new trustees begins with an open call for applications. Submissions are then reviewed by a sub-group of trustees and the Chair and Chief Executive who will shortlist candidates against an agreed set of criteria of skills and experience (as outlined below). Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an informal interview. Our aim is to make the recruitment of trustees as open and accountable as possible. The following are taken into consideration when identifying board development needs:


  • The current skills base and balance of the board
  • New skills and expertise identified as desirable for the organisation
  • The geographical make-up of the board as it relates to our work
  • The balance of diversity and gender equality on the board


How to apply

To apply please send a covering letter and biography or CV stating what you feel that you can bring to the role of trustee and why you are interested in being considered for the position. For full terms of reference and/or an informal discussion about the role please email Pauline Walker at who will arrange a time for you to speak to the Chair, Alison Donnell.


The deadline for applications is Friday 30 March 2018.


The first board meeting for new trustees will be held on Thursday 12 April 2018.


For further information about our work please visit and follow us @wasafiri.mag