Chineke! Foundation

Managing Director

Job Reference EAKAWB
Closing Date Monday 10 Jan 2022

After six successful years of growth, and to help build Chineke!’s organisational and operational capacity, the Chineke! Foundation is seeking to appoint a Managing Director. The Managing Director will be the day-to-day organisational and operational leader of Chineke!. They will work closely with the Founder and Artistic & Executive Director, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, to translate the vision into a strategic and operational plan and will be responsible for the smooth and healthy running of the organisation. Candidates will be exceptional leaders and administrators with strong stakeholder management skills; a proven record of sound financial, staff and facility management; strong interpersonal skills; good listeners and open communicators and will have an acute commitment to and track record of advocating for equality, diversity and inclusion,

 The Chineke! Foundation was founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE. It is a charity which provides career opportunities for Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s mission is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, increasing the representation of diverse musicians in British and European orchestras. The Chineke! Foundation fields two main ensembles: The Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first majority-Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, an Associate Orchestra of the Southbank Centre which received the first “Game Changer” award from the Royal Philharmonic Society in November 2019, and The Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra of majority Black and ethnically diverse players aged 11-22, is closely linked to the professional ensemble, with senior players acting as mentors, teachers and role models to the young musicians.

 Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Chineke! on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference EAKAWB. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 10th January 2022.


Chineke!’s mission is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’