The John Peel Centre is primarily run by volunteers, and we are always happy to have more help out. Check out our volunteering page for more information.


Office Manager

25 hours pw, £16k p.a. (£24k p.a. pro-rata). Fixed term, 12 month contract. There is a possibility of contract extension if finances and future development plans permit. Working hours pattern is negotiable, but some evening working will be required. The post holder will report to the JPC Chief Executive Officer.

The John Peel Centre (JPC) is a vibrant arts centre, with a community-centric culture, inspired by and a tribute to the legendary broadcaster John Peel.

The JPC is a Community Interest Company (CIC), led by a board of Directors and currently it is supported by a small staff and a team of registered volunteers. It was conceived with an objective to become a high quality, community owned arts centre which is a beacon of cultural and community activities and initiatives.

The JPC seeks to embrace the artistic legacy that John Peel leaves by finding and showcasing the best of the new, supporting high quality innovative work and embracing risk. It presents a diverse programme of events that include local, regional, national and international artists and companies, emerging artists and community groups. The centre’s facilities can be hired by members of the public to run their own events.

We are looking for an Office Manager to be responsible for the general office functions of the JPC, including office administration, financial administration, event booking and management and volunteer recruitment and management.

The post requires the holder to have excellent administrative, organisational and inter-personal skills and an interest in working in a creative arts environment.

To make an application please provide a letter outlining your interest and experience and your current CV to our Director of HR, Chris Reed, (

Office Manager Job Description April 21 2022

The deadline for applications is Friday 6 May. Interviews are planned for Wednesday 11 May.

Opportunities for 18-24-year-olds

About Kickstart

Kickstart is a Government scheme to create new job placements for under 24 year-olds on Universal Credit at this time of high youth employment. The placements are 25 hours a week for a total of 6 months and they are paid at the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage (18-20yrs: £6.56; 21-22yrs: £8.36; 23+: £8.91).

Our consortium

We are part of a consortium led by the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk, which includes the John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts, Modece Architects, the National Horse Racing Museum, Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Stevenage Museum , The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd, West Suffolk Council, Bawdsey Radar Trust and the Hitchin British Schools Trust.

What placements are on offer?

Applications are now open for the following placements. Please click on the job title for more detailed information.

For details of our partner organisations’ placements, please see


Each organisation in the consortium will provide job-specific training. In addition, the consortium will provide:

  • A mentor who will work with you to set personal goals
  • Training in applying for jobs, e.g. CV/application writing, practice interviews
  • Transferrable workplace training, e.g. health and safety
  • An online peer support programme
  • An introduction to different workplaces and roles across the consortium
  • A programme of enrichment activities, e.g. visits, talks and discussions

To be eligible for these placements, you must be between the ages of 18 and 24 and registered for Universal Credit. You need to be referred by your local Job Centre. We are told that this process can be completed quickly, but please do not leave it till the last minute.

How to apply

You must register with the Job Centre before filling in our application form. Only applications from those that have been referred by their Job Centre work coach will be considered.

 Then please download and complete these two forms:

Once completed, they should both be returned to

Sound Engineers

We are looking to expand our team of experienced sound engineers for upcoming events at the JPC. Candidates must be competent in using mixing consoles, the setup of microphones, knowledge of PA equipment and have a genuine passion for music. Prior experience working within live sound is essential. You will be required to liaise with bands and work to their technical specifications. A full demo of our equipment at the centre will be given to successful applicants.

Mostly evening/weekend shifts, must be flexible.
Knowledge of PA equipment, microphones and mixing desks is essential.
Knowledge of operating lighting software preferable, although training will be given.
Knowledge/experience using video cameras and livestream software desirable.

Please apply with your CV to

Volunteer Director roles

The JPC is a Community Interest Company (CIC), led by a board of volunteer Directors. We are looking to increase the skills and knowledge base within our leadership team, and have the following volunteer positions available.

Director of Fundraising & Development

You will lead a small committee, responsible for supporting the development of the JPC’s offer and increasing its revenue to do so, through developing sponsorship and philanthropic partnerships and the successful production of applications to grant giving bodies including, trusts and foundations. A crucial part of the role will focus on working with the Strategic Manager on the development of a Fundraising Strategy for the JPC.

Role Description / Person Specification


If you think you have the right skills and experience and would like to join the Board, please send a short letter explaining your reasons for wanting to and outlining your experience, along with your CV, to Jane Cox (Strategic Manager) at