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Board of Directors: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies


Voluntary role


3-year term, with potential 2nd term

Part-time (4 meetings/year, plus occasional events)

Deadline for applications: midnight 23 April 2023

Online interviews: week commencing 8 May 2023 (10 May evening, 12 May morning)

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About the role

We’re looking for new Directors for the Board of Directors for our shop, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, to drive forward our strategic vision to deliver a great retail experience, grow customer loyalty and increase sales, all motivated to return a healthy profit to support our children’s charity, the Ministry of Stories.

Profit from the shop, which is gift aided back to the charity each year, helps to inspire and fuel young people’s ideas, imagination and voice through their creativity and writing.

As a Director, you will have the skills, time and passion to be an important part of our small but mighty shop and help us to continue to grow and develop, while keeping young people and creativity at the heart of our motivation for retail success.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Previous Board or Director experience welcome but not necessary
  • An understanding and appreciation of small charities, trading arms of charity, retail or small business including e-commerce
  • One or more areas of specialism from:
    • Commercial/Retail
    • Product Development
    • Buying or Procurement
    • Publishing
    • Accountancy
    • Brand
    • Licensing
    • Marketing and PR

The Commitment

Directors serve an initial three-year term and are then eligible for re-appointment for a second three-year term.

The full Board meets four times per year (including once during the daytime, and three after working hours).

Occasional attendance to the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies shop (159 Hoxton Street, London N1 6PJ) and other shop or Ministry of Stories events, is encouraged where possible.

All Directors are volunteers and therefore the positions are unpaid.

Curious to visit the store?

Why join our Board of Directors?

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (HSMS) is the only shop in the world to cater to the everyday needs of every imaginable kind of monster.

We have been serving London’s monster population (and the occasional human) since 1818. In 2020 we ranked no. 25 in Time Out’s 100 Best Shops in London.

In return for your effort and enthusiasm, you will become part of a supportive and skilled Board of Directors who provide the strategic steer and expertise to help the shop fulfil its potential.

We will value your contributions and welcome your ideas for the shop and the wider charity. We are also keen to support your professional development and can explore these opportunities with you.

Our approach to recruitment

We have a flexible and welcoming culture and are open to exploring needs and preferences as part of the recruitment process.

Our programmes and shop proudly serve a wonderfully diverse east London community. We particularly welcome candidates who define themselves as:

  • Black, Black British Caribbean and Black British African
  • Asian and Asian British
  • Turkish
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • From our local area (Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington)
  • Working class
  • Disabled
Ready to take the next step?


To apply for this role, please download the Job Description (pdf) and prepare the below:

  • a short expression of interest (no more than one side of A4) that outlines why you are interested in the role, and the skills and experience you bring
  • a CV or professional biography
  • a completed diversity monitoring form

Diversity Monitoring Form

Deadline for all applications is midnight 23rd April 2023. We will aim to carry out interviews in the week commencing 8th May. When you have everything ready, please email the above to

Want to discuss the role before applying? Please feel free to contact for a natter!

About us

Ministry of Stories champions the writer in every child. Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, we help young people discover their confidence, imagination and potential through the power of their writing. We develop self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and small group mentoring for children living in under-resourced communities, working in schools, and at our dedicated writing centre in east London.

We empower young people to write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas, creativity and imagination.

Inspired by San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, you’ll find us hidden behind Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which has been serving London’s monster population (and the occasional human) since 1818.  All proceeds from our monstrous offerings such as Cubed Earwax and Thickest Human Snot support our work with young people.

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