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Chair and Non-Executive Director | DACS


Can you help us to ensure that artists get the rights, respect and remuneration they deserve? We're looking for people with strong connections to the art world that respect and value the rights and contributions of artists.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Remunerated

Duggie Fields in his studio © Rebecca Weef Smith, Goldie Magazine, 2019

About the role

Established by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation with an annual turnover of over £20 million and is the leading UK organisation for protecting and enhancing the rights of visual artists. We represent a network of more than 100,000 artists worldwide and we believe that art is an essential cornerstone of British society and culture. We are passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services. DACS also campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy.

In 2018, a record 58,000 artists and artists’ estates were paid more than £18 million in royalties distributed by DACS and this money supports the production and preservation of art, and the success of the UK art market; essential work, given that most artists in the UK earn less than £5,000 a year after tax.

At the start of 2018, we embarked on developing an ambitious plan to take DACS into the next decade and our continued focus is to maintain our leading position as the go-to organisation supporting the business of being an artist. As this focus builds, we are now looking for a new Chair to lead and work alongside our expert Board of Directors and Executive Team to ensure DACS continues to navigate, innovate and respond impactfully to social, technological and environmental changes that affect artists’ lives.

Credit: Dock III, 2010, Caragh Thuring © Caragh Thuring. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2019. Image courtesy of Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

Who we're looking for

As our new Chair you will bring a strong connection to the art world either professionally or personally and respect and value the rights and contribution of artists. We are looking for an individual with a substantial track record in the legal or financial field, someone who brings significant leadership and governance experience, and a track record of leading change. Effective leadership in a complex organisation is key as is intellectual acuity, excellent commercial acumen, the ability to assess legal and financial issues and the personal gravitas to act as a credible and influential ambassador. We are looking for someone who is brave, bold and collegiate to keep us at the cutting edge of our work. The time commitment for the Chair is expected to be up to four days a month.

At the same time, we are recruiting a Non-Executive Director who can bring excellent commercial leadership experience in the legal or financial sector. Passionate about art and aligned to our mission you will bring a good understanding of risk and Intellectual Property and strong analytical and strategic skills. The time commitment for the Non-Executive Director is expected to be one day per month.

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for Chair: 9am, Monday 9th December 2019

Closing date for Non-Executive Director: 9am, Monday 4th November  2019

Credit: Emma Bennett © Brian Benson 2019.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Candidate,

I’m delighted that you are interested in the role of Chair or Non-Executive Director at DACS.

Founded over thirty years ago, DACS is a flagship organisation that has and continues to campaign for artists’ rights, globally and locally, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy. We’re passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, and act as a trusted broker for 100,000 artists worldwide.

In 2018, more artists than ever before are benefiting from royalties through DACS and we paid more than 58,000 artists and estates more than £18 million in royalties last year. The impact of this is significant as artists contribute significantly to the cultural development of society yet, on average, earn less than £5,000 a year after tax.

After two terms totalling eight years with DACS, which I’ve enjoyed immensely, my time as Chair is up and it is now time for me to hand over the reigns to a new Chair who can help DACS shape, evolve and continue its vital work. You’ll work alongside an exceptionally talented staff team and Non-Executive Board, who are quite outstanding in achieving real impact for artists and artists’ estates.

This is a hugely rewarding but demanding role. It requires empathy, commitment to and respect for artists and their rights, matched by a keen intellect and deft strategic leadership that will enable DACS to continue to adapt, evolve and improve to maintain our leading position as the go-to organisation supporting the business of being an artist and the administration of artists estates. We operate in a challenging environment which requires us to be innovative, responsive and resolute in transforming the financial landscape for artists and artists’ estates, and requires our Chair to bring ambition, entrepreneurialism and the ability to deal with complexity and breadth.

We’re looking for someone who has extensive senior leadership experience, ideally in the legal or financial sector, and who understands Intellectual Property, risk management and leading in a complex environment. This will be coupled with an active interest and footprint in the visual arts. A key part of the role will be representing DACS with key stakeholder groups across the art world and at policy level, so you need to bring a high degree of personal gravitas and experience in operating as an effective ambassador.

We’re also seeking a Non-Executive Director with strong strategic experience, ideally coupled with a proven track record in navigating complex legal and/or financial matters. As a Non-Executive Director, you’ll be responsible for the overall strategic direction of DACS, business planning and ensuring DACS is delivering the highest quality services in the best interest of artists so you will also bring an understanding of the contemporary art world.

These are both intellectually challenging and exciting roles offering the opportunity to contribute to DACS as we move into our next phase of development and growth. We hope you’ll be interested in either one of these roles and being part of shaping our exciting future.

Best wishes,

Mark Stephens, CBE 
Chair of the DACS Board of Directors

© Brian Benson 2019.

About DACS

Established by artists for artists, DACS is passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists. We work with clients across the creative industries, helping them to share art in innovative and dynamic ways.

Founded over 30 years ago, DACS campaigns globally and locally for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to culture, society and the creative economy. We collect and distribute royalties to visual artists and their estates from Artist’s Resale Right, Copyright Licensing and Artimage and through Payback.

In 2018, a record 58,000 artists and artists’ estates were paid more than £18 million in royalties distributed by DACS.

Credit: Multigraph 009 (Caroline Catz), 2018, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard © Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2019.

Artist’s Resale Right

The Artist’s Resale Right is a royalty that provides fair and essential income for artists when their work is resold through an art market professional.

Since 2006, DACS has distributed over £76 million in Resale Right royalties. In 2018 alone, artists and heirs received over £10 million in royalties, which is the highest amount of Resale Right royalties DACS has paid to date. Resale Right royalties help keep artists making art. This drives demand for artworks and supports our thriving art market, which is worth £10 billion a year. The notion that creators are entitled to royalties as their works continue to exist – and be enjoyed – is not unusual in music, literature or television. The case for Artist’s Resale Right is just as clear.

Credit: Mark Titchner © Brian Benson 2019.


For many working artists, Payback is the first DACS service they encounter. We’re always delighted to follow the joy of an artist’s early publication in books or magazines with a well-deserved royalty payment. It’s a milestone that follows artists throughout their career, as many Payback claimants have been claiming every year since 1999.

Payback is an annual collective licensing scheme which pays artists for the reuse of artworks that have been published in UK books, magazines and shown on television. In 2018, tens of thousands of artists and their representatives claimed a share of over £5 million in Payback royalties.

Credit: Pogus Caesar © Chris Waggott 2019.

Copyright Licensing and Artimage

DACS manages the rights of thousands of contemporary and modern images, which are artist approved and straight from the studio. We offer a licence agreement service for our members’ works, which allows them to generate income through commercial partnerships. Our Artimage platform offers bespoke art consultancy to commercial clients, that is supported by the provision of high-quality image files.

Clients we’ve worked with in 2018 include: Art Fund, BBC, BP, Christies, Christopher Kane, Deutsche Bank, Faber & Faber, Harper’s Bazaar, Netflix, Off-White x Nike, Polydor Records, Royal Opera House, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sky Arts, Sony Music, Tate, Shakespeare’s Globe, National Portrait Gallery and Wales Bonner.

A record £2.2 million in licence fees were paid to over 1,400 artists and estates from DACS across Copyright Licensing and Artimage in 2018.

Credit: Tate Modern shop, The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy. Photo: © Tate 2019.

Our values

Artist-focused, The interests of artists are at the heart of everything DACS does.

Collaborative, DACS works collaboratively and in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders unless this conflicts with our primary role in safeguarding the interests of artists.

Flexible, DACS is an agile and flexible organisation, responding positively and innovatively to a rapidly changing external environment.

Entrepreneurial, DACS takes creative risks within a framework of ethical values and financial propriety.

World leader, DACS is a world leader in representing and safeguarding the rights of British and international artists within a global network of sister societies.

More information:

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Credit: Chila Kumari Singh Burman © Chris Scott 2019.

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Closing date for Non-Executive Director: 9am, Monday 4th November 2019
Interviews: Friday 22nd and Tuesday 26th November

Closing date for Chair: 9am, Monday 16th December 2019
Interviews: January 2020 (TBC)

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