Case study:Achates Recruits: Opera North

Opera North approached Achates Philanthropy for this search as we were keen to benefit from their specific expertise fundraising within our sector, from shaping candidate brief through to search and shortlisting. Thanks to Achates support we were able to attract a wide range of strong candidates from within and beyond the creative industries.

David Collins, Executive Director and Deputy CEO

Rigoletto with Sir Willard White as Count Monterone (photo credit Clive Barda)


Achates Recruits supported Opera North to recruit a Director of Development in 2022. This new role came about following the restructure of Opera North’s External Relations team, building on the successful work of the previous Head of Development. Our search and advertising strategy sought to attract a strong and diverse field of candidates and took a pan-regional approach, looking across the North of England to candidates nationally who had indicated their interest in relocating. The candidate brief also sought to attract as wide a field as possible, with a number of strong candidates applying to the role from mainstream charity and academia.