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New Chair for Leeds Cultural Education Partnership


Could You Be Our New Chair?

We are looking for an Independent Chair for the Leeds Cultural Education Partnership (Leeds CEP) – someone who can steer, advocate and really drive forward our work with children and young people at this exciting time.

Together with LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture, we have a unique opportunity to engage children and young people with high quality, transformative creative and cultural experiences.  LEEDS 2023 will be a transformational year – a ground-breaking, 12-month-long cultural celebration of our extraordinary city.  Children and young people are central to its vision and LeedsCEP is an important, strategic partner in realising its aims for children and young people and sustaining its impact and legacy far beyond 2023.

LeedsCEP’s goal is to ensure every child has access to high quality arts and cultural education, which responds to their needs. Established in September 2017, LeedsCEP brings together a diverse and growing membership of over 50 organisations from arts, cultural and education sectors which cover all geographical areas of Leeds. LeedsCEP provides a collective voice within the city. We aim to lead a path through co-creation of practices and policy, to develop sustainable, creative opportunities that address inequality in Leeds.

We are looking for an experienced leader who can take the LeedsCEP to the next level. The Chair will work with the Children & Young People’s Partnership Manager (LEEDS 2023/LeedsCEP), the steering group and key stakeholders to achieve the ambitious objectives we have set out in our action plan.

The successful candidate will be able to operate strategically and provide confident leadership to drive forward the partnership.  Either with experience of chairing or leading others, they will have strong relationship-building abilities and be an effective supporter of cross-sector collaboration.  The chair will also be an articulate and persuasive advocate on behalf of the LCEP.  Demonstrable commitment to cultural education is essential.  Experience of working in the education or cultural sector is desirable but not required.

This is a voluntary/pro bono role.  Minimum commitment of two years, commencing on 1st September 2021.

A full role description can be downloaded here: LeedsCEP Chair Role Description

Please send a current CV and a letter of application setting out the contribution you could make in the role of Chair to kathrynwelford@leeds2023.co.uk by 12 noon on Friday 25 June 2021.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sarah Beckett, Senior Cultural Education Manager, IVE at SarahB@weareive.org / 07718453248.

Interviews are provisionally planned for Tuesday 6th July 2021 (am) or Wednesday 7th July 2021 (pm)