Thursday, 3 September 2009

Arts Council England announces new national leadership team

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives.

As the national development agency for the arts, we support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts.

Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves, and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Between 2008 and 2011, we will invest £1.3 billion of public money from government and a further £0.3 billion from the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Arts Council England announced on 1st September 2009 the members of its new Executive Board – the streamlined national leadership team that will lead the re-structured organisation from April 2010.

Alan Davey

The nine-strong team is led by Chief Executive Alan Davey and consists of four National and four Area Executive Directors. They are:

- Alison Cole – Executive Director, Communications
- Laura Dyer – Area Executive Director Midlands and South West
- Althea Efunshile – Chief Operating Officer
- Anupam Ganguli – Executive Director Resources
- Andrew Nairne – Executive Director Arts
- Moira Sinclair – Area Executive Director London
- Andrea Stark – Area Executive Director East and South East
- To be announced – Area Executive Director North

Recruitment of a permanent Area Executive Director North is already underway and Andy Carver – currently Regional Executive Director Yorkshire – will undertake the role in the interim.

Alison Cole

With the exception of Alison Cole, who joins the Arts Council in November, all members of the new Executive Board will take up their new roles in a designate capacity from September 2009. They will focus on setting up their new teams as well as carrying out the responsibilities of their existing regional and national executive director roles.

To ensure a smooth transition, all existing Regional Executive Directors will continue in their current roles until the new structure is established. Recruitment to this new structure is likely to be complete by Christmas 2009.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said:
“Establishing our new leadership group is an important first step in the transformation of the Arts Council.

“We’ve got a huge number of changes underway in how we go about our work, and the new Executive Board will lead those changes with vigour and a commitment to the values of openness, trust and respect in the way we work with others.

“I am proud of the way staff at all levels are tackling the changes with maturity and a continued commitment to our mission of enabling art in this country to be the best it can be, experienced by more people.”


  1. It is always a joyful pleasure to see backing for the arts, the sincerest wishes for success in spreading the word. Sandi

  2. Hi Elise, Thank you so much for your lovely comment. My daughter and I often go to the ballet here in Brisbane and love it! It is a pleasure to attend performances & wonderful to see such support for the arts. Ax

  3. Hi Elise, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a very kind comment on my blog. That really means a lot to me. Your blog is very interesting also, I love your interviews. I am following you now so I will be able to keep up with your posts. Thanks for sharing, ~Diane

  4. CelitcWoman - indeed, Arts Council England are crucial to Arts funding - the industry would be lost without them ! By funding so generously, they spread the word about quality Arts and that is every bit as important

    Oliveaux - welcome and thanks you. You have a great ballet company over there

    1CardCreator - welcome and thank you. So pleased you are enjoying the interviews

  5. An insightfull post. Will definitely help.

    Karim - Mind Power


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