The Society of Authors Search for New CEO | Guest Bloggers | From the Front Row

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

The Society of Authors (SoA) have advertised to fill the vacancy for a new CEO.

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We’ve been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

With over 12,000 members and 31 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.

Chief Executive

Job type: permanent, full-time

Location: London, Holborn (flexible, hybrid working possible)

Basic hours: 35 hours per week

Remuneration: £60,000-85,000 (depending on skills and experience) + benefits

Our Chief Executive is retiring after 13 years in this role. We are looking for the next person to lead our experienced personnel in a strategic approach to supporting authors. As the creative industries face the challenges of continuing change, ensuring that creativity, creative work and free speech are defended and valued is central to the SoA’s work.

Ideally, candidates will have significant experience in publishing, broadcasting or another creative industry. This role includes building collaborative and productive relationships with our partners to expand our collective reach and impact. Understanding the unique nature of authors’ relationships with publishers, producers and others, as well as the realities of freelance careers is essential.

The successful candidate will have experience leading a small organisation. We are looking for strong interpersonal skills when working with our friendly and supportive departments, including project management and delegation, as well as personnel management and dispute resolution when required. Candidates should be familiar with the financial management of organisations of this size. Experience with charitable organisations and the duties of trustees will be an asset.
The SoA looks to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice, and to increase inclusivity at all levels. The successful candidate will be committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

SoA Values
Society of Authors

The SoA is an organisation where everyone can grow and develop, and it’s also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. We’re located in modern offices on Bedford Row near Holborn, London.

Inclusion, diversity and representation are at the core of our values. We are an organisation that aims to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase diversity in our organisation at all levels and in all forms. We therefore strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds.


As a progressive and ethical not-for-profit organisation, we offer a range of benefits to support your physical, mental and financial wellbeing. We’re a London Living Wage Accredited Employer and we’re Disability Confident – Committed.

Benefits include:

Competitive salary
Flexible, family-friendly, disability confident working practices
Generous annual leave, including all bank holidays
Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
Employee assistance programme
Employee perks scheme
Private healthcare options
Interest-free annual travel card loan
Cycle to work scheme
Death-in-service benefit
Ongoing development opportunities
Office closure over Christmas

See here for further information.

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