Welsh Government

Chair of the Arts Council of Wales

Do you believe the arts can change lives?

Do you believe they should be available to all?

Are you aware of the impact of the arts and the benefits of the arts to the health, wealth and well-being of Wales?

Exciting opportunities to contribute to the development of the arts in Wales

Chair of the Arts Council of Wales
Approx 18.5 hrs per week
Remunerated, at £43,810, travel and subsistence costs will be met

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The Welsh Government is inviting applications for an individual to take on the role of Chair on the Arts Council of Wales. This individual will play a key role in helping the Arts Council of Wales to deliver its strategic priorities of promoting a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture and an arts sector which is sustainable and innovative.

The appointment will commence in April 2023 and if appointed, you will play an important role in delivering the Welsh Government’s strategic policy commitments to promote a rich and diverse culture and a sustainable, viable and innovative arts sector.

The Chair has particular leadership responsibilities for

  • formulating the Council’s strategies;
  • ensuring the Council, in reaching decisions, takes proper account of statutory and financial management requirements and all relevant guidance including guidance provided by the Welsh Ministers;
  • promoting the economic benefits of the arts, and ensuring the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources;
  • ensuring high standards of regularity, propriety and governance;
  • representing the views of the Council to the public;
  • Lead the council to actively widen access and create an inclusive Arts sector and organisation, in line with the Art’s Council of Wales’ Widening Engagement Action Plan and the Welsh Government’s Anti-racist Wales Action Plan and the LGBTQ+ Action Plan; and
  • Provide oversight throughout the Investment Review and transition to the revised model.

The Chair will need to demonstrate the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment. The full person specification and essential criteria are included in the applicants’ information pack.

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society – people from all walks of life – to help them understand people’s needs and make better decisions. This is why the Welsh Government is encouraging a wide and diverse range of individuals to apply for appointments to public bodies. Applications are particularly welcome from all under-represented groups including women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and appointments will be made on merit.

For further details and to apply go to wales.gov.uk/publicappointments or for queries contact publicappointments@gov.wales.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 December 2022 at 16:00.

Application forms received after this date will not be considered.

A large print, Braille or audio version of this advert can be obtained by contacting 03000 255454.