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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.  

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.

Alan Davey : Chief Executive

Alan Davey

Alan Davey was appointed Chief Executive of the Arts Council in November 2007.

Alan was Director for Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 2003 until December 2006, having previously worked in the department as Head of the Arts Division since 2001. In an earlier stint at the then Department of National Heritage he was responsible for designing the National Lottery.

Alan has also worked at the Department of Health, where he led the Modernising Division and held the post of Secretary to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care. He has been a visiting Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholar at the University of Maryland and has degrees from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and London.

Alan is well known for his passionate interest in, and advocacy of, the arts, as well as for his unrivalled knowledge of public policy in this area.

Board members