University of Nottingham

Chief Executive Officer – Lakeside Arts

Reference: REG190323
Location: University Park
Salary: Competitive Salary
Closing Date: 18 June 2023

Lakeside Arts is the University of Nottingham’s public arts centre, with a year-round programme of exhibitions, live performances, festivals, workshops, and lectures open to our staff, students and the public. Based at our beautiful University Park campus, surrounded by Highfields Park and Lake, it enriches cultural life for our community.

This role is key for our university and Lakeside Arts to ensure we realise our vision to enrich lives through creativity and culture, and that Lakeside can provide a true ‘Welcome to the University of Nottingham’ for all visitors and stakeholders, including students, staff and public of all ages and abilities.

You will provide strategic leadership and direction to Lakeside Arts through effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to achieve our vision. You will lead our amazing creative and operational teams to ensure major decisions are made in a timely way and our teams are enabled to fulfil their roles to the best of their ability. You will embody the university values, being ambitious for Lakeside and creating learning opportunities for everyone, both within our Lakeside family as well as those within our wider local and civic communities.

To be successful in this role, you will have experience working in an executive leadership role within the arts, creative, or related industries and provide inspirational leadership to your team. You can draw upon your experience working with creative individuals and have the ability to inspire and motivate your team to drive the vision and mission of our organisation. You will ensure you can build strong relationships internally as well as with external partners and seek opportunities to develop new partnerships to maximise their contribution to the Lakeside Arts. As an innovator, you will be able to drive new opportunities through a strategic plan that will enhance the strategic vision for Lakeside Arts.

Lakeside reflects the university’s values of Ambition, Openness, Inclusivity, Fairness and Respect and we welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs which are fundamental to our values and enrich everyone’s lives. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are currently under-represented in the creative sectors.

As a university, we are committed to providing generous employment packages whilst supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help you reach your full potential.

As a university employee, you will have an excellent choice of benefits and rewards, including access to fitness and health facilities, staff discounts and travel schemes, along with 30 days’ holiday allowance (plus additional university closure days) and a highly attractive pension scheme.

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Informal enquiries may be addressed to Helen Pennack, email

Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.