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 Talawa in their search for a Development Manager and Vice Chair, National Museums Liverpool in their search for a Development Manager and the Royal Academy of Dance who are seeking a Director of Development.  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,


Join the Achates team!

Achates is seeking a Development Manager to join our Development Division, to support a range of clients across the cultural spectrum with their strategic development and fundraising activities. A full Job Description can be found here.

This is a home-based, flexible role available 3-5 days a week and we are open to applications from across the country, with one day of co-working in London per month (with travel at employees’ own expense). Benefits include a generous pension, an employee wellbeing support programme as well as guidance from leading fundraising practitioners with regular opportunities to reflect creatively on sector developments and funding trends to establish and lead a best practice approach.

To apply, please complete the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion form here and send your CV (redacting the names of any educational establishments) and a cover letter outlining why you’d like to join our team to: Victoria Hibbs, General Manager by 12pm Wednesday 7 September. If you would like to discuss the role, please contact in the first instance.

Candidates who identify as global majority and/or as D/deaf or D/disabled and can demonstrate substantiative experience in arts/culture bid writing will be guaranteed an interview.


Talawa is the UK’s outstanding Black British Touring Theatre Company.  For 36 years, they have been breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for Black artists throughout the UK. They create work that shines a spotlight on the best and most exciting emerging and established Black artists, and with them making theatre that speaks to everyone, regardless of background. Talawa’s purpose is to champion Black Excellence in theatre; to nurture talent in emerging and established artists of African or Caribbean heritage and to tell inspirational and passionate stories, reflecting Black experiences through art.

This is an exciting time for Talawa as they embark on a step-change in the scale and scope of what they do, building on their role as the UK’s outstanding Black British Touring Theatre Company to grow their local, London-wide and national presence, and reflect Black experiences to growing audiences.

Development Manager

The Development Manager role is a unique opportunity to effect change across Talawa’s activity and the audiences they engage with, and in doing so effect positive societal change. At the heart of the role is the relationships you will develop with individuals who want to support their work and engage with their artists. In doing so you will in turn have the support of Talawa’s Joint CEO’s, trustees, and wider staff team, as part of an organisation where everyone takes responsibility for fundraising across all their programmes from community engagement to the creation of new work.

What Talawa are looking for in this position is someone who enjoys and has had success in building and nurturing individual relationships, connecting people to artists and stories. These stories may reflect your own lived experience, or you may be from a different background but are looking for a role where you can play a pro-active role in effecting positive change through art.

You will be someone who wants to develop their ambitions in individual philanthropy and bring an innovative approach to developing new wealth networks. You will also be passionate about making the case for the arts and inclusion, and the evaluation framework and methodology, and wider communication resources needed to do so.

While individual philanthropy is central to the position, they are also interested in hearing from candidates who have or want to develop skills in other areas of fundraising. They want the post-holder to be able to develop in the role , and in time look towards taking on a departmental lead role which encompasses a more strategic position within the organisation, with appropriate salary increases that reflect growing responsibility.

For full details on the role see the  recruitment pack here and you can access the Job description and application form here.

Closing date for applications 5pm, Monday 22nd August 2022
Interviews in early September 2022.


Vice Chair

Talawa’s Vice-Chair will play a crucial role in the step-change of the organisation, alongside their growing body of trustees, the creative and executive team that they jointly lead, and the incredible body of artists that they nurture and engage with. While Talawa encourage interest from anyone who wants to play a pro-active role in effecting positive social change through art, they are particularly keen to hear  from those whose own lived experience reflects the inspirational and passionate stories they tell.

The Vice-Chair position is key to their succession planning as they embark on this period of change. They are looking for an individual who reflects or understands the lived experiences of the stories they tell and can grow into a supportive and collegiate leadership role at an organisation of national cultural significance. Your experience will demonstrate a capacity to understand how a cultural organisation operates, thrives and delivers social impact, and your ability to contribute to that. You will be able to grow into someone who can provide support for and  nurture colleagues across the organisation. And while Talawa do not expect the Vice Chair to come with funding and culture sector networks in place already, you will have an interpersonal approach that allows you to be an ambassador for Talawa with partners and funders, amplifying the work their executive team deliver.

For full details on the role see the  recruitment pack here and you can access the Job description and application form here.

Closing date for applications 5pm, Monday 29 August 2022


National Museums Liverpool

Development Manager (Waterfront Transformation Project)

National Museums Liverpool comprises several museums and art galleries in and around Liverpool. With seven extraordinary museums and galleries housing and caring for 4m+ objects of international importance, exciting exhibitions, exquisite events, and imagination-inspiring learning we’re certainly never dull. We hold in trust and safeguard some of the world’s greatest museum collections, which are universal in their range – everything from archaeology and ethnology, natural and physical sciences, fine and decorative arts, maritime, social, and industrial history.

The Waterfront Transformation Project is our most important transformation in over a decade. It will link storytelling, heritage, community and hospitality to create a rich visitor experience and will be a catalyst for social and environmental improvements in the area. NML has ambitious capital plans for our waterfront sites, including the redevelopment of the International Slavery Museum (ISM) and Canning Docks, through our Waterfront Transformation Project which will be guided by people and communities at every step.

Liverpool’s waterfront is historically significant site, filled with many stories and histories including its pivotal role in the transatlantic slave trade. There has never been greater public demand or a more pertinent need to understand this heritage and discuss its legacies.

The Development Manager (Waterfront Transformation Project) will play a central role in ensuring good stakeholder communications and the project management across this campaign. They will enable the Head of Development, Development Team, the wider Waterfront Transformation Project team and the Development Committee to drive fundraising forward, ensuring and implemented a coordinated approach across the implementation of capital elements of the Combined Fundraising Strategy.

This role provides an opportunity to play an instrumental role in a project of local, national and international significance, the legacies of which will have a positive impact for people and places for generations to come.

We are looking for an individual who is excited about our ambitions for the Waterfront Transformation Project and the positive changes it will create. You may be someone with extensive experience in heritage of cultural fundraising, but we are equally open to applications from other not-for-profit sectors, higher education and government, where the stakeholder relationships and project management skills required are similar. What is important is your ability to work across a range of teams and representing NML to key funders and stakeholders to deliver the fundraising aspects of a project of this scale.

You will also be someone who wants to engage with the stories that the International Slavery Museum (ISM) tells, whatever your background and heritage, with a particular emphasis on understanding the needs of communities most affected by the outcomes of the project.

Deadlines for applications are midday on Thursday 18 August 2022

For more information on the role see the recruitment pack here and you can apply via the online portal here.




Royal Academy of Dance

Director of Development 

The Royal Academy of Dance is a global leader in dance education and training. In 2020 they celebrated their centenary and are making important plans for their future, having successfully funded (through an innovative partnership with a developer and a Capital Campaign) a new global headquarters in London. This landmark and ground-breaking project has doubled the size of their building and created state of the art facilities and studios making RAD fit for purpose in the 21st century.

RAD are looking for someone with a passion for dance and its ability to transform lives and build communities from our new home. Following their successful capital campaign, which raised over £3m, this is an opportunity for someone with ambitions to lead a team to create transformational growth year on year for RAD’s revenue fundraising capacity. You will be a key member of our Executive Board and will have close working relationships with the RAD’s Chief Executive, all Directors of individual departments and trustees and Vice Presidents, reflecting the central importance of development to our ongoing success.

For more information see the recruitment pack here 

To apply for the position of Director of Development at the RAD, please send a CV and short covering letter in word or PDF format to

Your CV can include academic qualifications, but not the institutions where they were gained. Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages and should demonstrate why you have the capacity to take on a role at this level. Please state if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made with regards to an interview on the email with your cover letter and CV

Deadlines for applications are 10am on Friday 29th July 2022



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