We’re looking for a new Chair of the Board of Trustees

Following six successful years as Chair of Akademi’s Board of Trustees, including overseeing the transition from a long-standing director to a new leadership team, Paul Parashar will be standing down at the end of 2021.

This is a pivotal and exciting time to join Akademi’s Board as Akademi reflects on past successes and maps a way forward, continuing to build a vital, modern and relevant cultural organisation.

We’re looking for a natural advocate with a collaborative approach and outstanding communication skills. The Chair of the Board supports the strategic direction of the organisation, leads the trustees and line manages the Artistic and Executive directors who are joint Chief Executives.

The Chair ensures that Akademi is able to deliver its ambitious programme and to create memorable experiences for audiences and participants throughout the UK. They ensure that Akademi remains focused on its charitable aims, is well governed and maintains its prominent position as a producer of work by artists practicing in South Asian dance forms and a leader in arts education and arts in health settings.

How to express interest in this opportunity

  • Please send us your CV and a cover letter – on no more than 2 sides of A4 – outlining your interest in Akademi, why you would like to take on a charitable trustee leadership role at this time and how you meet the person specification.
  • Please also download, complete and send the confidential equal opportunities monitoring form (see below). Please note the equal opportunities form will be separated before your application is reviewed by the board recruitment team.

Akademi is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and recognises the importance and advantages of diverse workplaces and communities. Any candidate who self-identifies as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, as a person of colour, and/or as genderqueer, and who meets the person specification, is guaranteed an interview. If you feel that this applies to you, please indicate in your application email.

Should you need this information in another format, or require reasonable adjustment, please let us know.

  • Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd August 2021 – 5pm

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Akademi’s Administrative Manager Keisha Bhamra on who will arrange for an informal chat about the role with the Chair or Executive Team.

Please download the Chair Recruitment Pack for more information about the role.