Arts Council England's new structure came into operation on 1 July 2013.

The changes were made as a result of the Government's requirement that we reduce our administrative costs, as applied to our grant in aid for the arts by the end of March 2015 as part of our settlement for 2011-15.

Making savings on this scale has required a major restructure and a substantial reduction in staff numbers, and will call for new ways of working. In shaping this new structure we were guided by the principle of remaining one national organisation with local presence, able to continue to deliver our 10-year strategy Achieving great art for everyone and Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone.

Executive Board

  • Darren Henley - Chief Executive
  • Althea Efunshile - Deputy Chief Executive
  • Simon Mellor - Executive Director, Arts & Culture (Job share) 
  • Mark Ball - Executive Director, Arts and Culture (Job share) 
  • Laura Dyer - Executive Director North, Midlands and the South West
  • Liz Bushell - Director, Finance & Corporate Services 
  • Mags Patten - National Director, Advocacy and Communications

Click here for more information about our Executive Board, including board member profiles.

Area Directors

  • Sarah Maxfield - Area Director, North
  • Peter Knott - Area Director, Midlands 
  • Phil Gibby - Area Director, South West 
  • Joyce Wilson - Area Director, London 
  • Hedley Swain - Area Director, South East

Directors in our Areas

  • Alison Clark - Director, Combined Arts and Manchester
  • Jane Tarr - Director, Organisational Resilience, Environmental Sustainability and Newcastle
  • Peter Heslip - Director, Visual Arts and London
  • Neil Darlison - Director, Theatre and London
  • Helen Sprott - Director, Music and London
  • Nick McDowell - Director, International and London
  • Antonia Byatt - Director, Literature and Cambridge
  • Cate Canniffe - Director, Dance and Brighton 
  • Dawn Ashman - Director, Creative Industries and Birmingham
  • Brian Ashley - Director, Libraries and Nottingham
  • Michelle Dickson - Director, Touring and Dewsbury
  • John Orna-Ornstein - Director, Museums and Bristol
  • Clare Titley - Director, Philanthropy and Bristol

National office directors 

  • Francis Runacres - Director, Investment
  • Kal Kay - Director, Finance
  • Ruth Alaile - Director, Governance and Planning
  • Richard Russell - Director, Policy and Research
  • Laura Gander-Howe - Director, Children, Young People and Learning
  • Gill Johnson - Director, Creative Media
  • Nigel Bacon - Director, IT
  • Paul Bristow - Director, Strategic Partnerships
  • Phil Cave - Director, Engagement and Audiences
  • Scott Furlong - Director, Collections and Cultural Property
  • Cassie Chadderton - Director, Media and Stakeholder Relations
  • Ella White - Director, Marketing and Digital Communications
  • Ian Matthews - Director, HR

The key changes include:

  • An overall reduction in staff numbers across the organisation of 21 per cent from 559.5 full time posts to 442 
  • Four Executive Directors, reducing from eight, accountable for delivering the Arts Council's overall strategy, with the Chief Executive
  • Leadership of artform and cultural policy expertise distributed geographically across the organisation - everyone will have a local and national focus
  • Property costs will come down by 50 per cent through reductions in the size of offices
  • Major offices are now located in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol, plus some smaller local offices to keep the Arts Council close to the arts and cultural sector, and to local government
  • Five areas covering London, the South East, the South West, the Midlands and the North have replaced the Arts Council's current regions and areas

The Arts Council's new operating model includes further development of the shared working with the sector that has become evident over the last two years - from collective working towards shared goals, to the awarding of commissioned grants to deliver particular programmes of work.

We have now completed the new area boundary changes and the new organisation is in place. However, there will still be some changes to office arrangements and locations in the coming months.

Download the organisational review published october 2012