Arts Council England - Area Chairs and General Council Members

Body: Arts Council England
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London, South East, South West, North and Midlands
Number of Vacancies: 7
Remuneration: Area Chairs are remunerated at £6,400 per annum. General Council Members are not remunerated.
Time Requirements: Area Chairs - up to 36 days per annum. General Council Members - up to 20 days per annum.


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/06/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Arts Council England is looking to appoint four Area Chairs (South East Area, South West Area, Midlands Area and North Area) and three General Council Members to its non-executive Board.

The Role

  • As a member of National Council you will be a member of the Arts Council’s governing body and a trustee with responsibilities for :
    • Upholding the Arts Council’s mission and objectives;
    • Setting the strategic direction of the organisation and making key investment and policy decisions;
    • Ensuring that the Arts Council has effective management arrangements and is managing its resources responsibly.
  • Individual Council members may be asked to advocate for the arts and culture sector and represent the work of the Arts Council.
  • From time to time Council members may be asked to lead or assist with specific aspects of policy development.
  • Council members are expected to remain up to date with developments in the sector including opportunities, challenges and risks, drawing the Chair of the Arts Council and its senior executives’ attention to the issues as appropriate.


In addition, Area Chairs will be required to:

  • Lead the Area Council, working with the Area Director to ensure that the Area Council:
    • Is diverse and has the right mix of knowledge and experience;
    • Makes timely and effective contributions to the development of Arts Council strategy, policies and investment decisions;
    • Oversees and supports the delivery of the Arts Council’s ten year strategy – Great Art and Culture for Everyone – in the area;
    • Makes investment decisions in accordance with Arts Council England policy and the Seven Principles of Public Life; and
    • Monitors the impact of the Arts Council’s investment and other initiatives in the area.
  • Advocate for the Arts Council and the arts and culture sector in the area and represent the Arts Council at events in the area (and nationally from time to time).
  • Work with the Area Director to identify and exploit opportunities, and address challenges in ensuring great art and culture for everyone in the area; offering advice, counsel, strategic challenge and support.
  • Work with the Area Director, to maintain a dynamic relationship with local authorities in the area, making the case for their continued investment in the arts and culture.


Further information about the roles can be found in the attached candidate information pack.


Person Specification

The Person

All candidates will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Deep knowledge of, and commitment to, arts and culture and an understanding of the importance of the arts and culture to society.
  • Knowledge and/ or experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Higher Education
  • Cultural Policy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Diversity
  • Local Government
  • The following areas of arts and cultural expertise:
    • Music
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Literature
    • Visual Arts
    • Libraries
    • Museums
  • Philanthropy
  • Private Sector/commercial
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business/retail/customer experience
  • The ability to act as a credible advocate of the Arts Council with key stakeholders in the sector and the ability to support the Arts Council’s work in building networks and effective partnerships with the arts and culture sector.
  • Commitment to championing diversity and ensuring that the benefits of arts and culture are available to the widest range of people.
  • The ability to think imaginatively and strategically, and contribute to effective decision-making.
  • A successful track record in business or strong business/organisational skills.
  • A commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life.


Area Chairs will also need to demonstrate:

  • The ability to effectively Chair meetings and lead an area council.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the arts and culture in the area they are representing.

Area Chairs must also live or work in the area they are representing.


Additional Information

Time commitment

Area Chairs – up to 36 days per annum.  Area Chairs will be expected to chair at least 5 area council meetings a year and attend and contribute to National Council meetings. You may also be asked to chair or participate in one or more of National Council’s sub-committees or panels.

General Council Members – up to 20 days per annum.  Council members are expected to attend a minimum of eight out of the 10 Council meetings each year. Council members may also be asked to participate in a number of committee or panel meetings each year.

Term of office

3 or 4 years.


Area Chairs – £6400 per annum.

General Council Members – not remunerated.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of the specification;
  • completed OCPA 2017 Monitoring Form and Conflicts of Interests Form.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 19 June.  Completed applications should be sent to:   Please put either ‘ACE Area Chair’ or ‘ACE General Council Member’ in the subject title.  Alternatively, they can be posted to Stephanie Legg, Public Appointments Adviser, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

For queries in relation to ACE, or further information on the roles, please contact Ruth Alaile (Director, Governance and Planning) on 020 7268 9680 or

If you have any questions regarding the Public Appointments process please contact Stephanie Legg, in the DCMS in the Public Appointments team on 020 7211 2314 or

Interviews will take place on 21st, 22nd and 27th July at DCMS.

Conflicts of Interest Form
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
OCPA Feb 2017 Monitoring Form
ACE188 National Council recruitment pack
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