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The executive board is our strategic and executive decision-making body. It provides the executive link between our national and area offices.

It is responsible for developing the long-term strategy for the Arts Council and for ensuring delivery of our plan. The role of the executive board is to:

  • oversee the development and implementation of corporate strategy
  • undertake high-level monitoring to ensure delivery of the Arts Council plan
  • make major recommendations to Council within delegated powers, and to approve further delegations as appropriate

Executive board is chaired by the Chief Executive, Alan Davey, and comprises the Deputy Chief Executive, the executive directors for arts and culture, national strategy and our five areas, with directors for advocacy and communications and finance.  

Althea Efunshile : Acting Chief Executive

Althea Efunshile

In December 2014 we appointed Darren Henley as our new Chief Executive. Until Darren joins us later in 2015, Althea will remain Acting Chief Executive of Arts Council England. 

Althea was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Arts Council in 2012, after joining in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. Althea has responsibility for operational delivery and corporate planning across the organisation, as well as for developing and implementing the national Arts Council Investment Strategy.

Althea spent six years as a senior civil servant in various director level roles in the Department for Education and Skills. The greater part of Althea's career has been in local government.

From 1996 to 2001 she was a chief officer with the London Borough of Lewisham, first as Director of Education and Community Services, and then as Executive Director for Education and Culture. She had previously worked in London Borough of Merton, London Borough of Harrow, and Buckinghamshire County Council. She has also worked in the voluntary sector as the head of a Community Education Centre in Westminster.

She started her career as a secondary school teacher in the London Borough of Brent.

Executive board expenses

In line with our policy of being open and transparent, we have undertaken to publish information regarding our executive board's expenses periodically.

Browse executive board expenses on our transparency pages.

Board members