Society of Authors seeks new general secretary

Mark Le Fanu, general secretary of the Society of Authors, will retire next spring after 30 years at the organisation.

The society is recruiting for his successor. The vacancy advertisement on its website said the role requires "leadership on book trade issues and advice on the business aspects of the profession".

The job also involves managing the society's finances and those of its charitable trust, and the services provided to its members. It also includes lobbying ministers, promoting the society in the media and supervising the administration of prizes and grants.

Applications should be sent to The closing date is 8th October.

The society has only had four general secretaries since it was formed in 1884, with Alfred, Lord Tennyson its first president. Le Fanu joined the Society of Authors in 1980 and was appointed general secretary in 1982.