Arts Council England - South West Area Chair trustee

Body: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Applicants must have strong links with the South West. National Council meetings will take place in London.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £6400 per annum.
Time Requirements: Up to 36 days a year


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Helen Birchenough as South West Area Chair of Arts Council England for a term of four years starting from 5 December 2018.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/05/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    10/09/2018 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

South West Area Chair

Arts Council England is looking to appoint a Chair for the South West Area Council.

The Role

Area Chairs are 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.
  • Act as an 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.


National Council membership

  • In addition, all Area Council Chairs also serve as members of National Council, the Arts Council’s governing body, and are trustees of Arts Council England 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.


Time commitment

  • Up to 36 days.
  • You 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.


Term of office

  • 4 years.



  • £6400 per annum.


Person Specification

All candidates will need to demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to effectively Chair meetings and lead an area council. Area Chairs must also live or work in the area they are representing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the arts and culture in the area they are representing.
  • Deep knowledge of, and commitment to, arts and culture and an understanding of the importance of the arts and culture to society.
  • 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.
  • Experience of working in the fields of education, business, public bodies, local government, media, charitable institutions, philanthropy, health or welfare would be welcome.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • The conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Completed applications should be sent to: Please put ‘Arts Council England trustee – South West Area Chair’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews.

Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
Conflicts of interest guidance
ACE ministerial message
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
Role Specification_ South West Area Chair
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
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