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 here. 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 Opera North to recruit for their new role of Director of Development and supporting Rifco Theatre Company in their search for a new Executive Director. Please see below 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,

Opera North


Director of Development

Opera North has created the new post of Director of Development, to play a central role in facilitating their renewed commitment to making music with people across the North of England and beyond. The shape of the Company’s fundraising has changed through the course of the pandemic, with new areas such as online giving, supported by online events and activity, coming to the fore alongside traditional individual donor management, support from trusts and foundations and partnership working with the private sector.

Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and a leading European arts organisation.

This new role is an opportunity for the right person to build on the success of Music Works, leading a dynamic and committed team to energise and grow an existing individual and major donor base, whilst evolving and diversifying income from other areas to support Opera North’s purpose of creating extraordinary experiences every day. 

In our new home the Howard Opera Centre and Howard Assembly Room, we have a world class facility for rehearsal, production, learning and performance, providing a springboard for the company to emerge from the pandemic. It has been made possible by a major fundraising campaign that has energised an existing and new donor base, presenting an opportunity to build future philanthropy. 

The Senior Management Team has been restructured to include the role of Director of Development, recognising that as the company plans and responds to a post pandemic landscape and Arts Council England’s new investment principles we will need to continue to build our contributed income. 

This is an opportunity to join the senior leadership team of a complex and ambitious arts organisation, to lead strategic planning and delivery of fundraising to support the creation of performances and participatory activity that impact on people’s lives every day. 

More information on each role can be found at the client’s site below

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