Event & Development Producer



The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is the most prestigious and established craft selling event in the North. Since its launch in 2008, the GNCCF has become nationally renowned and synonymous with excellence, showcasing over 3000 exhibitors, attracting over 85,000 visitors and selling over £3m worth of craft.

Angela Mann, Co-Founder & Director of the GNCCF is moving on after 16 years and her departure creates a new exciting opportunity to join Great Northern Events, the not for profit company behind the GNCCF. We are now seeking a dynamic and versatile professional, who is passionate about the arts, to help manage our events and activities and contribute to the future development of the organisation.

GNE is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity and we welcome applications from people with a range of different experiences, expertise, backgrounds and perspectives.

If you would like to be considered for this new role of Event & Development Producer, please read the job specification and details of how to apply below.

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Purpose of the post:

  • To be an integral member of a small team, contributing to every aspect of the organisation, supporting the Director and collaborating with freelancers and the Board.
  • To assist with the project management of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF), GNCCFonline, and any future events & activities, including our community outreach programmes.
  • To support the development and delivery of the company’s strategy and business plans.
  • To lead on and develop a fundraising strategy. To research, produce and manage a fundraising plan with emphasis on building relationships and increasing income from grant bodies, corporate sponsors and individual supporters to help deliver our programme of activities. 

Key responsibilities:

  • To contribute to the strategic development and business planning of GNE, generating ambitious and creative ideas for the future direction of the organisation, whilst managing risks.
  • To lead on the development and management of a fund-raising strategy, submitting targeted applications to grant bodies and nurturing corporate sponsorships to support GNE’s events and outreach programme.
  • To project manage and lend support to successfully deliver multiple events and activities.
  • To help develop new partnership opportunities within the commercial, community and cultural sectors to ensure our programming is prestigious, ambitious, relevant and impactful.
  • To assist the Director in generating revenue and project income to increase long-term resilience.
  • To support the Director in planning and managing resources, budgets and financial reporting.

General responsibilities:

  • Attend meetings and events regionally and nationally and be an advocate for the company and its activities.
  • Assist with general duties and running of the company.
  • Assist in writing engaging and relevant copy for promotional materials, website content, press releases, presentations and reports.
  • This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive. The post holder may be required to perform additional duties as strategically or operationally required by the Director or the Board.
  • It is likely that the role will evolve with the future development of the organisation and there may be the option of negotiating increased hours of working at the discretion of both the Board and the post holder. 

Person Specification:


  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively to contribute to the future direction of the company
  • Proven planning and project management skills and the ability to successfully deliver projects from conception, on time and budget.
  • An enthusiastic and professional approach to engage funders, corporate sponsors and new partnerships to help GNE deliver its future ambitions.
  • Experience in fund-raising and writing winning bids including, but not exclusively, from grant bodies, corporate sponsors, partnerships, individual giving.
  • Willingness to be versatile to assist in all aspects of the day to day running of the company and delivery of events.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with a range of partners, freelancers, stakeholders, volunteers, contractors and exhibitors to develop and deliver successful projects.
  • Excellent writing skills with ability to write engaging copy for marketing materials, website, press releases, presentations and reports.
  • Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • A flexible approach to working hours including an ability to work some evening and weekends during key events.
  • A willingness to travel to events and sector meetings regionally, nationally and internationally.


  • An understanding of Arts Council’s Let’s Create Strategy and Investment Principles.
  • Interest in craft/design and experience of working in the cultural sector.

Key Terms of Employment:

Salary: £22,400 for a 4 day week (equivalent to £28,000 pro rata), with requirement to work additional hours; may consider 3 days per week (salary pro rata).

The role is home-based with some working required on location.

Additional hours (including some evening and weekend work) will be required in the lead up and during events and will be taken as days off in lieu at an appropriate time, as agreed with the Director.

Responsible to: Director and Board.

Employer: Great Northern Events NW Ltd.

Start date: To be agreed 

Annual leave is 22.5 days exclusive of bank holidays, based on a 4 day week.

Probation period: 3 months.

Notice period: 2 months, after probationary period.

Questions regarding this role questions should be directed to Ann-Marie Franey:ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk


Great Northern Events (GNE) was founded by Ann-Marie Franey and Angela Mann out of a shared love of craft and a desire to create the first high quality, selected craft fair in the North. Now in its 15th year, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) is one of the top fairs in the UK and a must-attend event for makers and visitors alike, taking place this year from 13-16 October at Manchester’s iconic Victoria Baths.

GNE has been instrumental in contributing to the craft economy in the North. We are passionate about promoting and providing opportunities for UK designer-makers, from new graduate talent to established artists, as well as engaging audiences with fresh content and experiential programming. When the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person events, GNE launched GNCCFonline which have attracted a global reach.

In addition to our fairs, we take great pride in our outreach programme. GNE has partnered with The Oasis Centre, a charity in Gorton East Manchester, to deliver free craft workshops for their service users. To date, we have hosted over 50 artist-led sessions and commissioned an Artist in Residence to work with the Oasis community to create a public artwork for their new building. This outreach work is an important strand of GNE and we are keen to develop our partnerships to work with young people and other communities.

The GNCCF is supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery Project Grants.


Please send a CV and covering letter to ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk with Event & Development Producer in the title. Closing date is midnight 12 June 2022. Please note that late applications will not be considered. Job interviews will likely take place from 20 June 2022.

Please also complete our equal opportunities monitoring form HERE 

If you require any access support during the application process, please contact ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk so appropriate arrangements can be made.