NOW RECRUITING: CHAIR AND TRUSTEE for the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and cultural festival

Homotopia is looking to fill two important roles, for a new Chair and a Board Member with the skills and passion to support the organisation at a key stage in its development.

Homotopia is the UK’s longest running and best-known LGBTQ+ arts and cultural organisation. In the last 3 years changes to our staffing and financial structures have granted the organisation an opportunity to revise and modernise this small but ambitious organisation. Do you have the vision and drive to help Homotopia move into a new chapter?


Our committed Board of Trustees forms an invaluable part of the team, ensuring that Homotopia is well run, that our staff team is supported and that the organisation is financially robust. To add to the talent and dedication of our existing Board, we are looking to recruit one new Trustee and a new Chair of the Board.

We are particularly looking for skills and experience in one of the following areas, but we are happy to hear from candidates with a variety of relevant experience:

  • Fundraising: You can demonstrate excellent networking skills with high-net-worth individuals and organisations and/or have experience in bid writing and identifying trusts and grants opportunities.
  • HR: You have strong people-management experience including knowledge of policy and best practice in HR.
  • Access: You have the experience and knowledge to help us create accessible and inclusive events and art experiences.
  • Arts and culture: You have special knowledge of queer culture and contacts in the sector including in visual art, theatre and film.


We are searching for an experienced leader who can help our team to take bold decisions as we look towards a new era for the organisation. You will Chair a team of 8 trustees (see our current team here) who oversee a staff team of 2 (Note: we are growing and likely to take on 1-2 new members of staff within the next 6 months), taking responsibility for the line management of the Festival Director. Homotopia is going through a period of organisational growth and we need someone with experience in successfully taking companies through periods of investment and development.

We Need You!

We are an equal opportunities organisation and welcome applicants from people of all backgrounds. At this time, we would especially love to hear from applicants who belong to groups underrepresented in the arts, including QTIPoC, D/deaf and disabled, and Trans* folks.

While Board members do not have to identify as LGBTQIA, it is vital that they have a good understanding of the challenges faced by LGBTQIA people in Britain today and share our passion for queer culture.


Homotopia was founded in Liverpool in 2004 as an unincorporated association, with a small grant from Liverpool City Council. Our mission is to draw on the LGBTQIA experience to unite and regenerate communities through the production, promotion and commissioning of great art for everyone. In 2012 Homotopia became a company limited by guarantee, with charitable aims. Since 2012 we have been included in the Arts Council England National Portfolio of organisations (NPO) annually funded. Alongside Arts Council England our other core funder is Liverpool City Council.


− Attendance at board meetings: Homotopia’s Board meets every 2-3 months in central Liverpool and/or via Zoom. Board members must maintain a minimum of 50% attendance at meetings.

− Willingness to attend key events, launches and performances as a representative of Homotopia.

− Be an advocate and ambassador for Homotopia.

− Trustees serve for a maximum term of 4 years (2 x terms of 2 years).

− Trustees are not paid, however opportunities for personal development will be available.


Send a cover letter (max. 1 side of A4) explaining your interest in Homotopia and what skills and experience you have that make you a good fit for the role of trustee. If you wish, please also include a recent CV (max. 2 sides of A4) and/or a link to your website.

Send to as a PDF or Word attachment by 9:00 on Tuesday 12 January 2021.