Chief Executive Officer

The Role

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the overall leadership of the organisation. They are the Accountable Officer for the Higher Education programme and hold overall responsibility for the relationship with the Office for Students and compliance with the terms and conditions of registration as a higher education provider.

They will lead the strategic direction of the organisation which they will develop, implement and monitor in collaboration with the senior management team supported by the Board of Trustees. The CEO will work with the Board of Trustees to ensure accountability and informed decision making for the management and governance of the organisation. They will exercise oversight of all management and financial decisions and will ensure legal compliance.

The CEO will be an outstanding leader ensuring all strands of activity contribute to shared objectives and will promote collaboration throughout the organisation. They will set standards and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, access, education, training and skills development for staff and students alike.

The CEO, alongside members of the senior management team, will be an advocate and ambassador and will lead on raising the profile of the organisation, championing the art form in the wider cultural sector. They will manage relationships with key stakeholders, potential and existing supporters and donors and will be comfortable working at the most senior levels as well as with grass roots organisations and individual artists. Understanding and engagement with international, national, regional and local contexts and policy agendas related to the development of the arts and education will be critical for the post holder.

To apply for the position please fill out the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and download the application form below.

Applications close Friday 26 April.

We are open to applications from individuals or joint applicants, as we are happy to challenge our existing leadership model to make sure we can move forwards with fresh eyes and ideas.

For an informal chat please contact our Chair, Ali King, on