Chief Executive

Wac Arts
Belsize Park, London

Wac Arts’ mission is to support young people expand their life opportunities and aspirations through the arts. The ability of the arts to empower and change lives has been proven, yet there is a decline in its provision in state schools. Wac Arts exists to fill this void by offering young people the opportunity to explore their creativity and fulfil their potential. At Wac Arts, we strongly believe that access to the arts is a right not a privilege and that learning in the performing and creative arts provides invaluable tools for life: it builds confidence, improves self-esteem and empowers people to overcome great difficulties. With priority access to its programmes for marginalised young people, Wac Arts has a reputation for championing diversity and inclusion. Our innovative approach to learning and participation is admired for its impact, resulting in an environment where young people can flourish.


We’re positioning Wac Arts to fill the gaps in arts provision nationwide. In preparation, we have just completed a change management process focused on becoming a more efficient and effective organisation with a more relevant programme, greater financial sustainability, enhanced governance and improved Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies. 

Now with a bold vision and a talented team, we’re looking for an entrepreneurial and collaborative Chief Executive who can take the charity through this ambitious growth phase to vastly increase our impact by helping over 50,000 young people a year by 2030. We have built a successful model based on providing an arts programme covering performing and creative arts, and this is the blueprint we’re using to expand in the UK through outreach. 

When I talk to our beneficiaries, it is abundantly clear that Wac Arts is essential – the arts matter. With our vision, many thousands more young people across the country will enjoy the prospect of fulfilling their potential and flourishing in their communities because of the arts. 

If the opportunity to build a meaningful nationwide arts provision that will change young people’s lives appeals to you, we’d love to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.