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Chair, Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Group
Location - UK
Pay band: Unremunerated but reasonable UK travel and expenses reimbursed
Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK
Closing date: 7th November 2021

The role of the Chair is non-executive. The Chair leads the Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Group which advises the Arts leadership team and influences how the British Council's vision and strategy are developed. The ACEAG is one of four advisory groups. Members of these groups and committees serve in an advisory capacity and have no decision-making responsibilities.

The main duties of the Chair are:

  • Leading the group to fulfil its purpose and objectives as outlined in the terms of reference
  • Chairing group meetings: normally three a year
  • Advising on the development of the Arts and Creative Economy strategy
  • Acting as an advocate for the British Council's work
  • Maintaining reasonable contact with senior staff of the Arts and Creative Economy team
  • A capacity to attend occasional functions and participate in UK and overseas visits would be an advantage


The Chair is appointed for a three year period. This may be renewed in exceptional circumstances. This role is not remunerated but reasonable UK travel and expenses will be reimbursed at standard British Council rates.

Person specification

  • Experience of a senior role within a major private, public or voluntary sector organisation in a management and/or Board capacity
  • Significant recent experience in the Arts or Creative Industries
  • Varied range of contacts
  • Strong international background and/or interests
  • Capacity to act as a 'critical friend' to the Arts leadership team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and highly effective communication skills


About us

The British Council was founded to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK's security, prosperity and influence.

Arts has been central to the British Council for more than 80 years, enshrined at the heart of the Charter, and fundamental to our mission to create lasting, mutually beneficial relationships between the UK and the world. We find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts, to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK.

Our work in Arts builds connections with the diverse cultural riches of the UK, creates new opportunities and inspiration for artists around the world and the fostering of new collaborations with their British counterparts. It strengthens perceptions of a modern, vibrant and creative UK among millions of people - particularly young people - in fast-growing economies, encouraging more trade, investment and tourism. It also helps to bring together divided communities and provides creative ways of responding to global challenges by protecting heritage, human rights and a sustainable environment.

We work in seven regions across the globe (America, East Asia, EU Europe, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, UK, Wider Europe). Last year we worked with 57,000 artists and arts organisations in 100 countries around the world.

In total since January 2018 we have reached 13.9m people through our UK social media channels.

There are separate sector advisory groups to reflect each of the main areas of the British Council's work. The groups report to the relevant member of the British Council's Executive Board.

Our equality commitment

Our work is based on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures. We cannot do this withoutaddressingequality, diversity and inclusionin our organisational culture and in our work globally.World events during 2020, particularly the murder of George Floyd and the unequal impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, have confirmed that an overt commitment to anti-racism is both timely and necessary from the British Council.

Over the last few months our leadership team have been working with British Council colleagues from across the world, as well as our specialist Diversity Unit, to produce an Anti-Racism Action Plan. As a global organisation we must become anti-racist in both our culture and practices. Our vision is to give colleagues and everyone we engage with the opportunity to achieve their potential, regardless of race, ethnicity or background. We will aim to dismantle barriers across our organisation and build a more inclusive and representative workplace and leadership that embraces diversity, calls out discrimination and puts equality at its heart.

The opportunity

The Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Group advises the Arts leadership team and influences how the British Council's vision and strategy are developed. The role of the Chair is non-executive. As Chair, you will lead the group to fulfil its purpose and objectives as outlined in the terms of reference.

Terms and Conditions

The Chair is appointed for a three year period. This may be renewed in exceptional circumstances. The role is not remunerated but reasonable UK travel and expenses will be reimbursed at standard British Council rates. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Tuesday 26 October 2021

Further details

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by sending a covering letter to [email protected]

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