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Chair of the Board of Trustees ArtsEd

Use your passion for the Arts as the new Chair of ArtsEd. As an icon and set apart in its class for the delivery of world beating performing arts education, ArtsEd offers the new Chair the chance to spearhead change and growth, supporting an incredible team of creatives and leaders who are developing the next generation of performers.

  • Location: London / Online
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

Who we are.

ArtsEd has earned widespread recognition as one of the premier performing arts schools in the UK and internationally.  There are two primary streams within ArtsEd: the Day School & Sixth Form, for pupils aged 11-18, and the Higher Education provision.

The Day School & Sixth Form provides a dynamic environment where young individuals grow in confidence and thrive academically.  They are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity afforded by one of the three vocations routes of acting, dance and musical theatre.  There are also the very successful Saturday and holiday school programmes which operate under the ArtsEd Extra brand.

Its Higher Education provision, which was recently awarded TEF Gold, delivers a diverse range of programmes for Acting and Musical Theatre students and these include foundation, bachelor’s and master’s degree courses.  In the 2023 inspection, the undergraduate degree provision (DaDA) was rated by Ofsted as outstanding in all areas.

The exceptional teaching and outstanding pastoral care at ArtsEd, coupled with an inclusive environment, nurture talent and ensure that every individual feels valued and supported on their artistic journey. This holistic approach, and the unique offering of school to degree level education, attracts a high calibre of both students and staff and ensures that graduates are industry-ready.

Ambitious, dedicated to emerging artists, nurturing talent, and driving ambition, ArtsEd has an incredible future and presents an attractive opportunity for a lover of the Performing Arts and an advocate of arts education to become its next Chair.

About the role.

The Arts Educational Schools, or ‘ArtsEd’, is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. The organisation has a board of non-executive trustees who are legally responsible for the overall management and control of the Schools, with day-to-day responsibilities delegated to the Principal and leadership team.

The Board and Trustees meet at least three times per year, overseeing the governance of ArtsEd with the support of a number of committees that together cover finance, welfare, Health and Safety, compliance, risk management, the Day School and Sixth Form, and Higher Education.

The Chair of the Board provides effective leadership to the governing body of trustees – no more than 15 members – by chairing Board meetings throughout the year, working closely with the senior leadership team, guiding strategy and acting as an ambassador for ArtsEd to promote the interests of the Schools.

The Chair of the Board will ensure that the Board fulfils its legal duties by operating with the highest standards of governance and probity, and in accordance with the Articles of Association, the Charity Commission and other regulators. The Board will ensure that ArtsEd meets its fiduciary and regulatory requirements in line with those agencies that regulate the activities of the Day School, Sixth Form and Higher Education provision. This includes bodies such as Ofsted, the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Office for Students and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.

The Chair of the Board is expected to:

  • Work with and appraise the performance of the Principal against an agreed strategic framework and performance metrics.
  • Establish effective partnerships between the Board and all stakeholders, including students, senior leaders and staff, and parents.
  • Represent ArtsEd to regulatory bodies and the Charity Commission.
  • Lead an annual review of the activities and effectiveness of the Board and support its development against the skills matrix.
  • Be involved in the life and activities of ArtsEd through attendance at graduations, performances and other events.
  • Retain oversight of the strategic direction and governance of the organisation, supporting its educational character and mission.

This is an unremunerated non-executive board role and will require a commitment of at least one day a week, with the possibility that this time commitment will reduce over the period of the term of office. Trustees can serve up to three terms of three years each.

Who are we looking for?

ArtsEd is seeking a Chair who can demonstrate:

  • Experience of governance and leadership, preferably in an educational setting that has undergone change.
  • Strong people skills.
  • A strong commitment to the School’s performing arts-based educational values and culture of equality, inclusivity and diversity.
  • An ability to meet a generous time commitment, preferably resident within an easy travelling distance of ArtsEd.

Candidates must bring experience of operating at board level in a governance leadership role, such as chair, vice chair or committee chair, preferably from the public, educational, charity or not for profit sectors. You must have experience of operating in highly regulated environments and an understanding of the bodies that regulate activities across the education spectrum would be useful.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong track record of senior strategic leadership experience and have a good understanding of governance oversight in relation to financial and senior management performance.

You will have an empathy for the needs, challenges and opportunities for our students, which you may have developed from your time associated with the performing arts industry.

We are looking for an excellent and inclusive leader, who can effectively manage change and challenge, act strategically and bring a consultative and collaborative approach to the Board. The Chair must role model best governance practices and be able to instil confidence and understanding in the Board’s governance role across the Schools.

As a proactive and vocal ambassador for ArtsEd, you must be comfortable with articulating the vision and direction of the organisation to internal and external stakeholders, including donors, patrons and other funders of the Schools.


ArtsEd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff (permanent and visiting) and volunteers to share this commitment; all staff are required to undergo background checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 regulations and to hold an enhanced DBS. 

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rebekah Abbott

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Welcome from the Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dear Prospective Applicants,

As the Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees at ArtsEd, it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you as you explore the possibility of joining our esteemed performing arts institution.

At ArtsEd, we are dedicated to fostering a creative and supportive environment where students can thrive and develop their talents to their fullest potential. Our commitment to excellence in arts education is reflected in our comprehensive, holistic curriculum, exceptional faculty and vibrant community of artists. We remain unique in offering an academic pathway alongside a vocational performing arts curriculum. Our standards are outstanding at the Higher Education level, at BTEC and A Level, as well as in our Day School, all occupying the same site in West London for over 38 years.

As you consider applying to this Board position with ArtsEd, I encourage you to explore the candidate information available here and via our website, where you can learn more about our programmes, faculty and facilities on offer.

Please do reach out to speak to one of the Peridot consultants about the opportunity.

Thank you again for your interest and we look forward to hearing more from you about why you would like to join ArtsEd as our next Chair of the Board.

Warm regards,

Farida Mannan
Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees

About ArtsEd

ArtsEd, which incorporates the Day School & Sixth Form and the Higher Education provision, is a national centre of excellence for the study of the performing arts, from age 11 through to post-graduate level. The organisation’s two educational strands operate out of a single site in Chiswick, bringing many opportunities for cohesive, collaborative and connected learning and working environments. It also delivers local outreach through its ArtsEd Extra provision.

ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form

Founded over 100 years ago, ArtsEd’s ethos remains much the same today as it was then: to provide a broad and balanced education, stretching pupils to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal potential. The most recent review of ArtsEd by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, in November 2019, judged the quality of students’ academic, vocational and personal development as ‘Excellent’.

ArtsEd is an independent Day School like no other; an international leader in Performing Arts Education and a local and national leader in its wider academic provision. Our students achieve value-added scores in the top 1% nationally, which means that we enable our pupils to reach their academic potential, achieved through a programme of teaching and learning that is tailored to each individual.

Arts Educational School

ArtsEd pupils benefit from a high-quality vocational programme delivered by committed and creative professionals, and their expertise instils in our pupils a passion for performance that feeds into all aspects of their education and personal development.

Our students spend time every day doing what they love, which means that they grow and develop into happy, collaborative and well-rounded individuals, fully committed to holistic education. Our Sixth Form offers academic and vocational qualifications through A Level and BTEC programmes of study, ensuring students are well prepared for successful progression into Higher Education or employment.

ArtsEd Day School pupils are remarkable individuals, and we pride ourselves on knowing, nurturing and respecting them as such. The school’s outstanding pastoral systems, small class sizes, and family atmosphere mean that every young person feels valued, supported, and encouraged to be the very best they can be.

ArtsEd Higher education provision

ArtsEd is one of the UK’s leading providers of degree-level conservatoire education. Our courses in musical theatre and acting provide outstanding contemporary and inclusive training, producing graduates who are innovative and resilient performers.

We prepare our students for both the physical and mental rigours of the performing arts industry, through a combination of outstanding vocational training and focused pastoral care. The success of our approach has led to ArtsEd graduates playing a key role in the success of the UK’s creative economy for many years. They include leading choreographers, directors and producers as well as performers.

The School of Musical Theatre and the School of Acting offer full-time CertHE and BA courses in addition to an MA Acting (all validated by City, University of London) to close to 300 students from across the UK and internationally. Our musical theatre courses are renowned for producing graduates who are equally highly accomplished in acting, singing and dancing whilst our acting training is noted for nurturing an individuality and broad skillset that enables our graduates to compete right across the sector in theatre, film, television and radio. For our 2022/23 cohort, over 90% of our final-year Acting students and all of our Musical Theatre students had secured agents before graduation.

In autumn 2023, ArtsEd was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), confirming that our provision is of the highest quality and sector-leading. Then in November 2023, we were awarded ‘Outstanding’ across all areas following an Ofsted inspection of our Higher Education (DaDA funded) provision.

The Ofsted report stated:

“From their first contact with the school, students feel welcome and valued for who they are. Staff, leaders and trustees are highly committed to training each student to become the performer they want to be. This contributes to students being highly motivated. Their attendance is excellent, as is their application to practical and theoretical classes, rehearsals and performance.”

Our Strategy

Our strategy for 2020-25 encompasses an immensely exciting period in the history of ArtsEd, starting with the celebration of our centenary in 2019/20 and closing with the completion of a major capital project.

Shaping the Future

Shaping the Future is our transformational £20m capital project that will ensure ArtsEd retains its position as a provider of world-class performing arts training for many years to come. The first phase of this long-term project saw the opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre nine years ago. Work on the second phase started in summer 2019 and in October 2022 we moved into our beautiful new courtyard building.

This major expansion in the heart of our Chiswick home has created three storeys of professionally appointed studios, classrooms and rehearsal spaces. Crowning it all is the Green Roof, a wonderful roof terrace with fantastic views over London.

Shaping the Future embodies our commitment to ensuring that the standard of our facilities matches the talents of our students and the exceptional quality of our teaching.

Inclusivity and Diversity

We are proud of the steps that we have taken and continue to take to create and nurture an inclusive environment at ArtsEd, one in which we want all staff to feel that they are treated with fairness and have equal opportunities.

We constantly strive to ensure that inclusivity and diversity sit at the heart of everything we do. We were a founding partner of the Diversity School Initiative, which addressed under-representation and the lack of diversity in performing arts education, and in 2019 we won an Industry Minds award for our approach to mental health awareness, support and action.

We are empathetic to the needs of all staff and students and our work to understand and address issues of equality, inclusivity and diversity is continuous. We have EDI officers working with students and staff at every level of the organisation. Training is ongoing and our EDI committee, made up of staff, students and trustees, meets regularly to maintain an overview of objectives and progress. We expect all ArtsEd staff and students to share this same commitment to equal opportunities on every level.

Accessibility information

ArtsEd is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected. We recognise that the broad range of experiences that a diverse staff and student body brings strengthens our work and enhances our teaching, and that for ArtsEd to remain world-leading in a performing arts education, we must continue to provide a diverse, inclusive, fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

For more information about ArtsEd Equal Opps Policy, please read here.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

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