Non-Executive Directors, Creative Access

A day when Britain’s creative industries truly reflect our society

Help all under-represented individuals to thrive in the creative industries

Creative Access (CA) is looking for up to two Non-Executive Directors to join the Board and support the organisation as it embarks on an ambitious period of growth and development.

CA is a not-for-profit social enterprise, unrivalled in diverse recruitment and inclusion, which aims to tackle the under-representation of many communities in the creative industries. All profits go back into growing, training and supporting their community.

Employer partners span the creative economy and are located throughout the UK; ranging from global brands, to tiny start-ups. A full list of partners is can be found via: All partners are asked to commit to the More Than Words pledge which involves a commitment to making a change in three areas:

1. Hiring diverse candidates at all levels;
2. Investing in staff from under-represented groups to progress to senior positions;
3. Creating an inclusive workplace so new and existing diverse staff feel valued and able to flourish.

CA works across three areas:

1. Recruitment – including recruiting for paid-internships run as affirmative action schemes, supporting job recruitment and hosting a jobs board;
2. Support and outreach – helping young people to access creative careers via extensive access events, plus supporting staff from under-represented communities to progress their careers via Entry-Support and Development programmes;
3. Employer support – providing allyship and other diversity training to help organisations become more inclusive, from leadership sessions with Boards and senior management teams, to whole-company training.

  • Activities
    • CA has placed 2,000 trainees with more than 500 employer partners across Advertising, Marketing & PR; Television; Book, Newspaper & Magazine Publishing; Radio; Music; Talent; Theatre; Film; Campaigning and Museums & Galleries;
    • Over 90% of CA trainees have secured jobs (permanent or freelance) after completing their internships;
    • CA has provided employability skills support to over 30,000 individuals, including support with CVs and interview preparation;
    • Trainees are supported via the Recruitment team prior to securing a role. Once appointed, they all participate in CA’s Entry Support programme which includes attending induction training and monthly masterclasses, being connected with a buddy (a former CA intern) and have access to the team for support via regular intern clinics;
    • Alumni are supported via a Development Programme sponsored by the Financial Times;
    • Employers are located throughout the UK and range from global brands such as Apple, ITV, Tate, Hachette and the National Theatre through to touring theatre companies, independent art galleries, PR and marketing agencies, academic publishers and digital start-ups. A full list of partners can be found here.
    • CA is supported via some charitable trusts, but income is primarily generated via charging employer partners for services.
  • The Creative Access Board
    The role of the Board is to support the strategic vision and leadership of CA and to ensure that the organisation fulfils its mission. Non-Executive Directors are key ambassadors of CA, promoting its work and helping to ensure best practice. Current Board members are listed below:

    • Jemima Coleman, Non-Executive Board Member of the Legal Services Board and Employment Lawyer, Simmons & Simmons LLP;
    • Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive, Creative Access;
    • Ajoy Roy-Chowdhury, Agency Lead, Facebook;
    • Stephen Page, Chief Executive, Faber & Faber (Chair).

    The Board is also supported by Ambassadors and the Advisory Board.

    For the next stage of CA’s journey, the organisation would like to recruit Non-Executive Directors to join the Board to, amongst other things, oversee the development and delivery of its vision, act in an ambassadorial role and contribute to the good governance of the organisation.

    CA are particularly interested in hearing from individuals with expertise in the following areas:

    • Organisational development and business growth;
    • Financial management and accounting;
    • Entrepreneurship;
    • Experience of the Arts and wider creative industries;
    • Diversity and Inclusion;
    • Recruitment and Training;
    • Fundraising;
    • IT and Technology.

    The role of Non-Executive Director is a voluntary, unpaid one. CA are happy to pay travel expenses for those travelling from outside London and are committed to making meeting accessible for all trustees.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required of Non-Executive Directors
    • Senior strategic-level experience within a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation;
    • Experience of developing an organisation;
    • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives;
    • A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision-making;
    • A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences;
    • A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity;
    • Commitment to the organisation;
    • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort;
    • A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis;
    • Good, independent judgement and strategic vision;
    • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
    • A willingness to open networks to Creative Access;
    • An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive.
  • Benefits of Being a Creative Access Non-Executive Director
    • Being part of a thriving diversity organisation and helping CA continue to flourish;
    • Invitations to the organisation’s masterclasses and events;
    • Training and networking opportunities;
    • Professional development in leadership and strategic planning.
  • Term and Application Process

    The Board meets approximately six times a year in London or via Zoom/MS Teams. Board members are elected for an initial term of one year. After one year, they can be re-elected for a further two years with the opportunity to stand for re-election to serve a further three years. Directors who have completed these two periods are required to stand down but will be able to stand for re-election after a gap of one year.

    CA welcomes applications from individuals with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

    CA would encourage anyone interested in joining the CA Board to first have a conversation with Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG). To arrange this, please email [email protected] or call 0207 222 1166.

    To submit a formal application, please submit the below – either via the Apply Now button above, or via [email protected]:

    • A letter of interest setting out why you wish to join the Board, and the skills and experience you are able to provide (no more than two pages);
    • An up-to-date CV;
    • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – downloadable below.

    The deadline for applications is midnight, Wednesday 12 August 2020.

    Candidate interviews will take place week commencing Monday 24 August 2020. 

    The successful candidates will take up the position in September 2020.

    WIG Creative Access Non-Executive Director Recruitment Pack July 2020.pdf


    Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.docx