Achates Recruits

Achates Recruits is a market disruptor model, designed as with all our services, to make quality support affordable to all. Focusing on senior appointments, including: Artistic Directors, Executive Directors, Development Directors, Communications Directors and Trustees; we approach recruitment as active experts, not just recruiters, and aim to support organisations in the diversification of senior management positions with a wrap-around programme of support.

Achates Recruits offers a series of options for recruitment support, based around a selection of tried and tested models. You can find out more about our recruitment model options in our Achates Recruits Summary

We know however, that each appointment is individual and are able to tailor our support to your needs. Please do get in touch with Matthew at for an initial chat to discuss your particular requirements.


Current Recruitment Opportunities

We are delighted to be working with Streetwise Opera in their search for a new Head of Development, Flatpack and  Hastings Contemporary in their search for new Trustees.  Please see below for more details.

We are also recruiting for a new Development Manager to join the Achates team. See here for more details

If you would like a confidential conversation about any of the roles Achates are recruiting for on behalf of our clients, or are looking to recruit and would value a conversation to learn more about our approach, please contact Matthew Swann,

Streetwise Opera

Head of Development

Streetwise Opera is seeking a new Head of Development with a passion for and the capacity to lead fundraising within an organisation that makes a real difference to the lives of people who have experienced homelessness through outstanding culture.

We are looking for an individual who shares our passion for social impact and outstanding performance who, with our small Development team, will play a central role in the ongoing development and success of our organisation.

While you do not currently have to be leading a team or have extensive management experience, what is important is that you have the leadership approach, communication skills, track record in securing major grants in either the performing arts, wider cultural not-for-profit or homelessness sector to lead our Development function. 

You will be a key member of our leadership team, working closely with our General Manager, Head of Marketing & Communications, Head of Programme and Artistic Director, reporting to our Chief Executive. You will lead your own department of two Development colleagues, with whom you will lead our relationships with major trust and foundation funders.

Streetwise Opera will be hosting an open webinar event about the role at 11:00am on Tuesday 24 May with their Chief Executive, General Manager and outgoing Head of Development, featuring a short discussion about the role, and the opportunity to ask questions (anonymously, via a written chat function).

To find out more about the role, webinar and how to apply see the Recruitment pack here.

To apply, please submit an application form online by 10:00am on Monday 30 May 2022. 



Flatpack is a mobile arts organisation which exists to show amazing work across all elements of film, bring people together and develop new ideas. We love film in all shapes and sizes, particularly where it bumps up against other artforms, and get a kick out of transforming spaces to create unforgettable events.

“We make great things happen by mixing film and other forms, by illuminating place and by bringing people together. We inspire others and help ideas to grow.

We want to hear from people who can bring new thinking and life experiences that reflect the West Midlands to help us continue this growth and inspiration as trustees.”

Our new trustees will be joining at an exciting time for Flatpack helping to define and shape our ambitious growth plans, including:

– Growing our commissioning plans at the festival through mixed art-form projects with film at their heart;
– Expanding our Colour Box family and young people programming strand beyond the festival;
– Expanding our community and outdoor film programming;
– Long-term, exploring the opportunities of developing a new venue for film programming and activity;

Flatpack’s current small group of trustees include people from film, entrepreneurs and from the legal world, who work with our small management team who programme and deliver our festivals and engage with communities across the West Midlands.

We are looking to expand this group of trustees to bring new thinking to Flatpack and help shape the organisation’s future direction – particularly from people who represent diverse audiences across the West Midlands.

To find out more about the role and how to apply see the Recruitment pack here. Applications should be submitted via the link here and the equal opportunities form at the link here and emailed to by Thursday 26th May 2022.



Hastings Contemporary


Hastings Contemporary is a national beacon for modern and contemporary art in the south east of England. They explore and celebrate the creative and social power of visual arts, with a particular focus on the immediate community they serve in Hastings. Their high-quality engagement work is informed by the artistic excellence of their exhibitions programme; they have a reputation for hosting world-class exhibitions and for showcasing emerging and overlooked artistic talent from the UK and around the world.

To help them achieve these strategic priorities, they are seeking to develop and grow their Board of Trustees across a range of skills and backgrounds from senior leadership across business and culture to community representation.

Recent trustee appointments have enabled the creation of a board that is more representative of today’s society and  the local Hastings community across ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background and local community representation, and their board is now majority female. Aside from the call from many of our funders to increase this representation, they believe that having voices on their board that combine key skills with diverse backgrounds will enable them to better serve all their audiences.
Their aim in recruiting a further two to three trustees is to further complement these skills, ensuring they have a plurality of voices across key areas of expertise and background.

Hastings Contemporary would be interested in hearing from candidates who bring insight across one or more of the following areas:

  • – Leadership experience, both in the business or financial world, or from a major cultural institution, including an awareness of the fiduciary and financial responsibilities of charity trustees.
  • – Entrepreneurial skills across business and culture, particularly individuals who could help us develop creative and innovative new earned income streams.
  • – Experience of creating and developing new models of support and philanthropic networks in the arts or not-for-profit sectors.
  • – Curatorial expertise and networks in the visual art world, in either commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
  • – Knowledge of current cultural policy at a national level, particularly as regards funding.
  • – A working understanding of the context in which Hastings Contemporary operates locally, and the needs and priorities of local communities, particularly around socio-economic issues, young people and recent migrant and refugee populations.
  • – Candidates who combine one of the above areas with human resources experience, if possible combined with legal expertise.


To find out more about the role and how to apply see the Recruitment pack here. Applications should be submitted to Matthew Swann at by Wednesday 16 March 2022 at 12 noon.

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