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Arts, Heritage and Culture Leadership Recruitment

We're committed to transforming leadership and inspiring change for an inclusive and diverse arts, heritage and culture sector.

We're specialists in recruiting dynamic, experienced and transformational leaders in the arts, heritage and culture sectors. From CEOs to Artistic Directors to Chairs, we recruit the best people.

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Shining the spotlight on trailblazing leaders in arts, heritage and culture sectors.

We are proud to work with arts, heritage and culture organisations to recruit leaders who drive change.

The arts have the power to enrich lives, bring people together and offer opportunities for fun and learning. You need leaders who understand your evolving landscape and the impact you have on your communities.

We provide inclusive executive search services for cultural institutions of all sizes, across the UK.

Professional, expert and empathetic, our team love what they do. We know the arts, heritage and culture sectors first-hand. We’re passionate about supporting you by finding the best candidates for your roles.

How we can help with arts, heritage and culture recruitment.

We provide a bespoke and personal approach to identifying, engaging and appointing executive and non-executive leaders. We appoint experts and professionals from within and beyond the sector.

We focus on diversity, with a special focus on value alignment. The right leaders will develop ambitious strategies, deepen audience engagement, ensure sustainability and amplify your reputation.

We emphasise candidate care. We’re insightful and focused, share our wealth of expertise, and we’re here to help you find the right role for your values and ambitions. With honesty and transparency, we provide feedback at each stage of the process — whatever the outcome.

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“Peridot approached me in a suitable, professional and friendly manner. They provided excellent support throughout and were available to answer any questions and/or concerns. I have been involved in many recruitment processes, but this was by far and away the most pleasurable!”

Successful candidate, appointed as a Trustee at a renowned heritage site

Extensive networks, exceptional talent.

We have an excellent track record in recruiting talent across the arts, heritage and culture sectors, including:

  • Chief Executives
  • Executive Directors
  • Artistic Directors / Development Directors
  • Sector experts, Heads, Managers, senior fundraisers
  • Chair / Deputy Chair
  • Non-Executive Directors
  • Board Members

We find leaders who allow creativity to thrive by supporting complex change management, driving financial sustainability and improving diversity and inclusion.

We’re plain-talking and transparent, and the organisations we work with are too. They understand the value of having an open and trusted relationship.

“Peridot truly ‘go the extra mile’ as recruiters, ensuring a positive experience for applicants and the best field candidates for their client. Communications are excellent, preempting queries and issues, and treating everyone as an individual, with intelligence, empathy and humour.”

Successful candidate appointed as Chair of a reputable museum 

Our specialist areas include:

  • Libraries and archives
  • Galleries
  • Theatres and theatre companies
  • Music organisations
  • Museums
  • ACE national portfolio organisations
  • Heritage sites
  • Performing arts organisations
  • Community arts organisations
  • Arts education
  • Trusts and Societies
  • Fundraising, gift giving, and alumni
  • Visitor attractions
  • Festivals

Equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts, heritage and culture sector.

Arts, heritage and culture have a profound impact on mental health, well-being and tackling social injustice.

We appreciate that every organisation, no matter the size and scale, is on an EDI journey.

Equality is about distributing power throughout organisations.

Equity ensures the process is fair for all.

Diversity lies in representations and harnessing our differences.

Inclusion goes beyond a sense of belonging, encouraging people to make meaningful contributions.

Every organisation’s EDI journey is unique. Working with Peridot Partners, you will have a trusted advisor to guide the way. We work with you to understand where you are on your EDI journey. We engage with your values and tailor the candidate search process to deliver a pool of candidates who align with your values, aims and needs.

Our dedicated consultants.

Rebekah Abbott, understands the challenges of arts leadership and heritage recruitment. With 20 years of experience leading high-performing teams in military music, Rebekah has also founded her own not for profit organisation, Luminosa Music. She has recruited board members and executive leaders across the performing arts and culture space.

Philippa Fabry is a Partner, shareholder and the Director of our Not for Profit Practice. Philippa is a former visual arts curator with experience recruiting across the commercial arts, heritage and culture sectors. Her background in the arts drives her passion to find high-calibre, inspiring and innovative leaders.

“Thank you for all that you have done so far to help us recruit a new Chair. I was re-reading the questions earlier and thinking how much thought and consideration had gone into making those relevant to BPT and our aspirations for this process. That of course is in addition to all of the other processes you have led to get us to this point.

It is also important to say that when I spoke with them, several of the candidates remarked on how positive the process had been and particularly mentioned you and your communications in being central to that experience.”

Alex Sherman, Chief Executive, Bath Preservation Trust

Our selected track record

Association for Cultural Enterprises: Chief Executive

Barnsley Civic: Chief Executive, Head of Programme

Bath Preservation Trust: Chair

BCP Cultural Compact: Chair

Beamish Museum: Chair & 10 Trustees, Chief Operating Officer, Director of People & Culture

Broadway Cinema: Chief Executive

Chatham Maritime Trust: Chief Executive

Citizens Theatre: Chair

Compton Verney: Trustees

Dulwich Picture Gallery: Trustees

English Touring Theatre: Trustees

Heneb – The Trust for Welsh Archaeology: Chief Executive, Chair


Historic England: Head of Archive and Library

Longborough Festival Opera: Chair, Executive Director

Manchester International Festival: Trustees

Northern Stage: Chair

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Director of Finance

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust: Chief Executive, Finance Director

RAF Museum: Trustees

Roundhouse: Associate Director of Development

Scottish Ballet: Trustees

Scottish National Theatre: Non-Executive Directors

Scottish Opera: Trustees, Head of Production

The Grange Festival: Chief Executive

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