Case study:Achates Recruits: Royal Academy of Dance – Director of Development

The role of Director of Development is a crucial one for the Royal Academy of Dance so it was vital that the search we undertook was thorough, diverse and innovative. I wanted to make sure that we not only found the best possible candidate but that the way we ran the search was done in a way that reflected RAD’s values and ambitions. Achates were the perfect partners. They listened and really got to know our business before reaching out across their huge network to find a fantastic list of potential candidates. I was beyond impressed by their communication, expertise and enthusiasm.
Tim Arthur
Chief Executive Officer

In summer 2022, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) approached Achates Recruits to find their new Director of Development, a crucial appointment for realising their creative ambitions as they embed themselves in their new venue following a major capital campaign. The new Director would be responsible for leveraging the relationships RAD had built across the fundraising spectrum through their capital campaign, but particularly with high level patrons and statutory funders, ensuring that these income sources became a source of ongoing and growing revenue funding.
Through advertising and extensive search, Achates Recruits were able to provide a high quality longlist of Director level fundraisers from across the cultural sector, and a shortlist of outstanding candidates, all of whom had experience of converting capital donors to revenue supporters at major performing arts venues, leading to a successful appointment in August 2022.