Association of British Orchestras

PA to Executive Chairman

HarrisonParrott £24,000 - £28,500 Closing date 13 March 2022
To support the Executive Chairman in managing his time and communications at a senior level. You will constantly be one step ahead, forward thinking and must love being relied upon as a true right-hand support to a charismatic, impressive high-profile individual. A high level of professional and personal
confidentiality and discretion will be essential and a degree of flexibility to work outside usual office hours will be required.

Key accountabilities

• 1:1 Executive assistant support to Jasper Parrott.
• Acting as a strong, confident gatekeeper to limit distraction on matters on which other Directors and senior staff can take the lead, and plan ahead.
• Ensuring the Jasper follows up on key action points in a timely efficient manner.

Communications, contacts and research

• Extensive travel arrangement for Jasper.
• Oversee effective diary management for Jasper, managing invitations and planning for upcoming key dates (incl. performances, significant events).
• Extensive, proactive and forward planning of Jasper’s meeting papers, reports and note taking.
• Extensive and full inbox management (responding to internal and external emails on Jasper’s behalf).
• Liaise with board members – building excellent relationships with other internal and external global collaborators, clients and artists. Achieve and maintain an appropriate level of access to key movers and shakers in the music business (and arts and commerce more generally).
• Maintain key external contact records, actively ensuring Jasper’s time is prioritised effectively across the year.
• Coordinate and compile briefings for meetings on business trips shared with line manager.
• Maintain and develop personal Twitter activity, drafting regular blog articles.
• Drafting correspondence, papers (including in additional languages).

Board secretariat

• In collaboration with EA to Directors to take minutes at Bi-Weekly board meeting.
• Circulate approved minutes to Board.


• Arranging adhoc travel for Directors and ADs as required.

Contact details

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Bristol,
hosted by Bristol Beacon, from 24-26 January 2024.