Crafts Council

Chief Executive

Job Reference PABDGA
Closing Date Monday 06 Jun 2022

Crafts Council is the national charity and development agency for contemporary craft in the UK, supporting craft makers and businesses to help them grow, running education and learning programmes, hosting exhibitions, fairs and activities across the UK each year as well as holding the national Crafts Council Collection. Crafts Council believes craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals and can change our world for the better. Through its activities, Crafts Council inspires making, empowers learning and nurtures craft businesses by championing craft and its positive impact on society, increasing levels of craft education and participation, growing the market for craft, and building a sustainable and inclusive craft sector.

Diversity of all kinds enriches creative practice and Crafts Council recognises the moral, economic, and social reasons to make diversity, inclusion and equality central to its work. Crafts Council’s ambition is to achieve greater equality across its work with a focus on race, disability, and socio-economic background through testing new ways of working, building partnerships with new groups and individuals, and improved recruitment and training of its staff.

Having been through an exciting period of transformation and expansion, Crafts Council now seeks candidates for the role of Chief Executive. Against the backdrop of a new wider reach to connect with communities across the regions of the UK, the organisation is poised to take an exciting next step under new leadership. Ideal candidates will be senior leaders with strong strategic and business planning experience and will be an inspiring team leader and a compelling communicator. Exemplary stakeholder management and ambassadorial skills will also be required, as will a commitment to promoting equality and diversity and a sound understanding of the cultural sector, its challenges and opportunities.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Crafts Council on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference PABDGA. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 6 June 2022.

We inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses.