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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 sector. From CEOs to Artistic Directors to Chairs, we recruit the best people.

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Shining the spotlight on trailblazing leaders of the arts, heritage and culture sector.

At Peridot Partners, we are proud to work in partnership with arts, heritage and culture organisations — from small specialists through to large global institutions — committed to providing inclusive, high-quality cultural offerings and opportunities to people across society. In an evolving arts, heritage and culture landscape, we understand the role that you play in your communities: enriching lives, bringing people together and offering new opportunities for fun and learning.

Professional, expert and empathetic, our carefully sourced team really love what they do. They know the arts, heritage and culture sector, they’ve worked in it and they continue to support it 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 for a range of our clients in this sector. We specialise in the appointment of experts and professionals from within and beyond the sector.

We find leaders who have a diversity of experience and thought, congruent values, and those who will contribute the right leadership to support the development of ambitious strategies, deepen audience and visitor engagement, ensure sustainability and amplify organisational profile and reputation.

Being a candidate with us means we work with you in the way that we’d expect to be treated. We’re insightful, focused and share a wealth of expertise. We understand life offers a multitude of career paths and we help you to find the right role that fits your values and your ambitions.

Constructive feedback is part of our process and whatever the outcome, we are always transparent and honest.

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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 stellar talent across all areas of the arts, heritage and culture sector, which includes:

  • 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 can support complex change management, drive financial sustainability and improve diversity and inclusion, allowing creativity to thrive.

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

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.

We embrace the positive impact the arts, heritage and culture sector has on mental health, well-being and in tackling social injustice.

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

Equality is not just about providing opportunity, but about distributing power more evenly throughout organisations.

Equity takes into consideration a person’s unique circumstances, adjusting treatment accordingly so the end result is equal and the treatment is fair for all.

Diversity lies in harnessing differences and in who is represented. This can be racial, gender, ethnic and physical diversity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, but it’s also important to have diversity in how people think.

Inclusion is much more than just creating a sense of belonging. It is about how people experience the workplace and how they are enabled to make meaningful contributions.

At Peridot, we believe that every organisation’s EDI journey is unique. Working with Peridot partners, you will have a trusted advisor to guide the way. Together we work out what the words equity, diversity and inclusion truly mean for you and your organisation. We engage with your values to tailor the candidate search process and to deliver a pool of candidates who align with your values, aims and needs.

Our dedicated consultants.

Rebekah Abbott, our Head of Arts, Heritage and Culture Appointments, has 20 years’ experience as a musician and leader of high-performing teams in Military Music and Education. With 12 years’ experience as founder of a not for profit organisation, Luminosa Music, Rebekah has a first-hand understanding of the challenges of the arts, heritage and culture sector, and applies this expertise to her search for your next executive leader or board members.

Philippa Fabry is a Partner, shareholder and the Director of our Not for Profit Practice. A former visual arts curator with experience spanning the commercial arts, heritage and culture sector, she has over 17 years’ recruitment experience working across the private, public and not for profit sectors. Her background in the arts drives her passion to find high-calibre, inspiring and innovative leaders to transform your organisation.

Alison Maxwell is our Arts, Heritage and Culture Appointments Recruitment Consultant. With first hand sector experience as Operations Manager and singer for Luminosa Music, Alison is passionate about supporting our clients and candidates to enrich the sector further and make it inclusive, accessible and transformative for all.

‘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

Barnsley Civic: Chief Executive

BCP Cultural Compact: Chair

Beamish Museum: Chair, 10 Trustees

Compton Verney: Trustees

Cornwall Museums Partnership: Chief Executive

DACS: Chair, Non-executive Directors

Dulwich Picture Gallery: Trustees

English Touring Theatre: Trustees

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: Compliance & Quality Manager, Qualifications Manager



National Archives Trust: Executive Directors

National Justice Museum: Chief Executive

Manchester International Festival: Trustees

Philharmonia Orchestra: Senior Development Manager, Trusts & Foundations Manager

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust: Chief Executive, Finance Director

Roundhouse: Associate Director of Development

Scottish National Theatre: Non-executive Directors

Scottish Opera: Trustees

The British Library: Marketing Manager, Fundraising Management roles

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