London, Greater London (On-site)
£47,000 per year
Permanent, Part-time, Flexible
Job description

Post Title:  Executive Director     

Accountable to: Chair and Trustees of London Arts in Health Forum

Salary: £47,000 pro-rata

Time commitment: Part-time, three days a week. 

Location: Hybrid working: a combination of office and team-working based (8, Botolph Alley, EC3R 8DR) with homeworking. The ability to travel for meetings and speaking engagements when necessary. 

Access and equality:    

London Arts and Health is committed to being an inclusive employer and contractor, welcoming staff and consultants from various backgrounds and all protected characteristics. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals currently underrepresented in arts and health, including disabled people and racially minoritised candidates. In compliance with the Equality Act, we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet all the essential criteria.


London Arts and Health (LAH) is a registered charity that creates and promotes opportunities for the arts to reach everyone in society – regardless of their health or personal circumstances. It has two primary focuses - creating opportunities for people experiencing health and care needs to engage with the arts and raising awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of engaging with high-quality creative activities.

We believe that participating in the arts and offering routes to using creativity makes a crucial difference to the health and wellbeing of individuals and society. LAH is a central pillar in the fast-emerging world of arts and health. LAH has been at the forefront of this work for many years and is widely respected for its support to individual artists, patients and service users, health professionals, and the wider public. The organisation works collaboratively in everything it does, partnering with a vast range of stakeholders to increase the impact the arts can have on the health of everyone in society. 

People with acknowledged health needs (mental and physical) are traditionally excluded from the arts. Yet, research increasingly indicates that engaging in creative activity has wide-ranging health and wellbeing benefits. LAH exists to challenge traditional inequalities by generating more and better arts experiences for everyone.

Over the past three years, the Charity has seen a complete overhaul with a new name, rebranding, several new websites, digital tools and a new temporary home in the middle of the City of London. We have also recruited nine temporary staff through the Kickstart scheme, significantly increasing the resource available to the Charity.

LAH is in a strong position with a solid fundraising plan and theory of change which the new Executive Director will deliver. The Charity is currently implementing many income generation plans, and a leader with an entrepreneurial outlook would fit well with the Charity. 

The Charity appointed a Head of Digital in 2020, which has improved and increased our digital presence with many high-profile platforms and tools being scaled up nationally, alongside our partner, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. We are currently implementing a new membership programme and offering our City Arts and Health Hub space for members to work, network and exhibit. The Director will oversee this rollout to ensure the opportunity is well marketed. 

The role:    

Our ambitions for LAH and the wider sector are high, including new projects networks and events, an expansion of Creativity and Wellbeing Week, and a specific focus on increasing the diversity of the field of culture and health practice.

Your role will be to lead the organisation and deliver this activity, managing staff and supporting the board in achieving its strategic vision for the organisation. You will be a passionate and compelling advocate for the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing. You will be highly experienced in the arts and/or health with a proven capacity to collaborate with diverse partners. You will be great at combining strategic vision with a willingness to deliver practical solutions, and you will have a track record of implementing and delivering change.

Over the next year, we want to deliver the new strategic vision and establish permanent staff contracts, alongside delivering our core business. You will demonstrate experience and understanding of running a small charity with a small staff team to best support our goals, with outstanding partnership working and a proven track record of effective fundraising and change management.

Key Responsibilities

To lead London Arts and Health delivering the key commitments in our business plan, including Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2022, our regular newsletter, our social media outputs and providing advice and support to the arts and health sector.

  1. To deliver on our agreements with Arts Council England and other funding partners.
  2. To oversee good governance and timely and complete reporting to the Charity Commission and Companies House.
  3. To support and manage the Head of Digital and other staff and volunteers.
  4. To lead on the Creativity and Wellbeing Festival. Including forging partnerships, seeking sponsorship and in-kind support and creating a programme of headline events.
  5. To build a close working relationship with the Trustees to ensure a robust strategic direction and delivery plan for the next five years.
  6. Deliver our fundraising plan to deliver new projects and ensure new income and grants.
  7. To manage and deliver on our new membership plan and launch of our new City Arts and Health Hub. Both of which are potentially significant income streams for the Charity. 
  8. To work with the Treasurer to ensure that appropriate monthly financial management and controls are maintained and that the Charity's financial health, including expenditure and income, is clearly reported to the Trustees. To take mitigating action as required.
  9. To lead on stakeholder relations, including co-chairing the London Action on Arts and Health Stakeholder Group, alongside Arts Council England and The GLA, representing LAH on the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, and other bodies and groups as appropriate.
  10. To act as an ambassador for the Charity and to speak publicly when needed.

To apply to this position please follow the link to the London Arts and Health website where you will be able to view the full job description and view the details required to submit your application.

Refreshed on: 20 January 2022
Closed date: 20 February 2022 at 23:30
Tags: Senior Management, Business Development