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Free Word

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Interim Director – Free Word

Client
Free Word is a centre for literature, literacy and freedom of expression, based in Farringdon, London. It was founded by a group of eight organisations, including Index on Censorship and English PEN, and is funded by Fritt Ord and Arts Council England as a venue and centre for the activities and ideas of its members. Its events programme includes talks, festivals and performances, with facilities including a lecture theatre and a café.

Objectives
Stephen Escritt was appointed Interim Director at Free Word during a four-month interregnum between permanent directors in 2011. His brief was to maintain high standards of activity and innovation, and to review Freeword’s finance and operations in conjunction with the incoming Director, Rose Fenton.

Actions
Stephen ensured continuity in Free Word’s programming and significant collaborative work between the founder members. He oversaw the annual audit and Arts Council annual submissions and Free Word’s National Portfolio contract discussions. He also worked to deliver a new website for the organisation and reviewed Free Word’s activities and practices, from management accounts to collaborative programming.

Results
The period between permanent directors was managed without disruption to the organisation. By working strategically and collaboratively Stephen was able to help Free Word develop and ensure continuity with a thorough and ongoing handover process with the incoming director. Stephen's involvement with Free Word continued beyond his interim role, when he co-curated the Politics & Olympics exhibition there in 2012.

More
www.freewordcentre.com 
Politics and Olympics: Ideals and Realities

Image © Free Word, used with permission.