Chairman of the London Space Council (Arts Council England) | Mayor of London

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The Mayor of London is looking for an experienced cultural sector leader to fill the role of Chairman of the London Area Council of Arts Council England.

This is a unique opportunity to guide and support the work of Arts Council England in London and to support the cultural sector. The Chair is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

London’s creative industries are a key economic engine, providing 1 in 6 jobs prior to the pandemic. Culture can also have a major positive impact on the health and well-being of Londoners. But London’s arts and culture organizations face unprecedented challenges, from the need to recover from the impact of the pandemic, to the reality of significant funding cuts and mounting cost pressures, to the risks of climate change. Strong leadership in the Chair’s role is needed to drive collaboration to address these challenges.

As Chair, you will guide the work of the London Area Council on key issues including expanding artistic engagement and improving equality, diversity and inclusion in creative sector employment. They are responsible for making investment decisions during National Portfolio Organization selection rounds. You will work closely with the London Area Director of Arts Council England to deliver on the strategic goals of Arts Council England in London. You will also represent the London region on the National Council of Arts Council England and oversee the national work of Arts Council England.

We are looking for an experienced industry leader with a strong knowledge of cultural and creative industries and a commitment to championing diversity and access to the arts. The successful candidate will have the ability to navigate complex political environments and work effectively under pressure. Strong experience in leading a diverse group of people and their successful leadership in working towards strategic goals is key.

Please download one applicant package for all the details of the role and the recruitment process.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please submit your CV and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) via our online application system. You will also be asked to provide confidential recruitment monitoring information, which will be considered separately from the content of your application.

The CV should contain information on employment, public offices and the names and contact details of two referees willing to refer. Please also provide any relevant information regarding your eligibility for appointment and any directorships you hold.

Your cover letter should address the points listed in the personal description. Based on these criteria, all applicants will be shortlisted.

If you would like to discuss the position informally, please contact Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries at [email protected] or Shonagh Manson, Deputy Director for Culture and Creative Industries at shonagh.manson @London. gov.uk before the Closing Date.

We want to ensure that all interested candidates can fill out the application. If you require this application pack in a different format or would like to submit your application in a different format, please email [email protected]

To apply please visit: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/jobs-and-working-city-hall/current-vacancies/ace2022-chair-london-area-council-arts -council-England

Interview date: To confirm
Application deadline: Wednesday 08 June 2022 at 23:59 GMT