Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) Board Chair

About CAA

Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) is London’s original multidisciplinary applied arts gallery. For over 70 years, we have championed and promoted only the very best of British craft. Our sole aims are to advocate for the applied arts and to campaign for and foster quality and innovation in this field.

We are a registered charity and a membership organisation with more than 250 leading British-based makers working in ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles and wood.  All our maker members are craft professionals and are rigorously chosen by a panel of their peers. Belonging to CAA is seen as a kitemark of excellence. 

CAA does not receive any regular funding. We have no shareholders and all earned income is reinvested in the gallery and our charitable activities. Respected by our peers, our members and others working in the field and beyond, CAA has remained a beacon of excellence and integrity in the crafts world for over seven decades.


The Role

We are looking to appoint a new Chair to our expanded Board which is developing an ambitious strategic plan across all areas of its activity - gallery, website, exhibitions, collaborative partnerships in the crafts landscape, outreach, advocacy and education. After a challenging period during the pandemic, CAA needs an exceptional leader, an ambassador who knows and understands the arts world and has experience of leading a charity or chairing a board. The person we want to recruit will have a passion for and understanding of the applied arts, with proven experience, knowledge, expertise and skills.


Candidate brief


How to apply

We welcome applications from a wide range of diverse backgrounds, skills and experiences, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.  The role of chair is voluntary (unpaid) and the appointment would be for three years with the possibility of renewal.

If you are interested, please submit the following documents to


  • A supporting statement (no more than two pages of A4) which demonstrates your suitability for this role, including examples of similar responsibilities held elsewhere

  • A CV which includes any relevant skills and experience (no more than two pages)

Closing date for applications is 17:00 (GMT) on Thursday 9th June 2022


Shortlisting will take place shortly following the closing date with interviews being held on 20th and the 24th June  in person in Central London, subject to any travel restrictions.


19 April 2022