£101,830 + excellent pension. The Chief Executive may be eligible for an additional annual bonus, as directed by Welsh Government, upon the successful completion of all strategic objectives.


Do you share our vision of the publicly-funded arts as ‘for the benefit of all’? Do you see access and creative excellence advancing hand in hand? Then help us fulfil our vision – ‘A creative Wales where the arts are central to the life and well-being of the nation’

The Arts Council of Wales exists to support and develop the arts in Wales. It does so for the benefit of people throughout Wales and to promote Welsh arts internationally.  Established by Royal Charter, it is also a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, a National Lottery distributor and a registered Charity.

The Chief Executive role offers remarkable scope and opportunity. There is a vibrant arts scene in Wales whose development needs visionary and collaborative leadership. The Arts Council is committed to mainstreaming the arts in Welsh society through a commitment to diverse inclusion and through outstanding, cutting-edge partnerships in the education and health sectors. 

The Chief Executive is the senior member of Arts Council staff.  They lead the five‑person Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the four other members being Directors.  SLT is Council’s principal executive decision-making body. Its role is to shape the overall objectives and priorities of the Arts Council, and to lead the delivery of policy. SLT is also responsible for the effective management of the Arts Council’s finances, its resources and people, ensuring that Council’s business is being managed in an accountable and appropriate manner. 

A current focus of the role – and one that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future – is managing Council’s response to Covid-19.  This means advocating to the Welsh Government for the financial needs of the arts sector and leading Council’s response to the survival and recovery needs of artists and arts organisations.

This is a high‑profile public role that demands expertise, authority and resilience.  We’re looking for an effective communicator, able to respond dynamically to the strategic challenges facing the Arts Council and the arts sector, especially in relation to developing greater equality of access to the arts. 

The successful candidate will have professional experience of operating at a senior management level within a complex financial and publicly accountable environment.  Experience of working in the arts, creative industries or cultural sector is essential.  Candidates should be familiar with the complexities and nuances of how a public body handles its relationship with key stakeholders, which in this case is the devolved administration in Wales. The successful candidate will need to show an awareness of the distinctive features of Welsh society, including its bilingual culture.  The ability to speak or to learn to speak Welsh would be an important asset.

We offer a wide range of benefits including generous holidays and a final salary pension.

A comprehensive Recruitment Pack, including a timetable and details of how to apply, can be downloaded from  http://aeminternational.co.uk/chief-executive-the-arts-council-of-wales/ or https://arts.wales/news-jobs-opportunities

For further information about the Arts Council of Wales, please visit https://arts.wales/

For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our recruitment consultant, Heather Newill, Director AEM International on 01728 660026.

Closing date: 12:00 midday on 19 March 2021

Interview dates:  4th or 5th May 2021


The Arts Council of Wales is an inclusive employer, and we wish to reflect the diverse communities we serve. Applications from culturally and ethnically diverse people and underrepresented groups are encouraged and warmly welcomed. Applications are welcomed in Welsh or English. We aim to take positive steps to ensure that all candidates are selected for jobs solely on their suitability for the role.