Sourcing leaders who enrich and enhance our prestigious arts, culture and heritage sector.

Arts, Culture & Heritage

The requirement for diverse, dynamic senior talent has never been greater across the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector. From the need to ensure long-term financial sustainability and income growth to the diversification of audiences and the need to harness the power of new technology to inform, our executive search can help you find the emerging and diverse leaders who can meet these challenges.

We are proud to work with many of the UK’s leading arts, cultural and heritage organisations and leaders and we firmly believe in their power to enrich our lives and aid transformation and development in society.

How we can help you find the right candidate

For almost two decades we have been sourcing and placing talent that has helped drive the arts, cultural and heritage sector forward. We take great pride in uncovering people who help to transform our clients’ organisations from a creative, financial, and reputational point of view. This has contributed to us becoming one of the leading arts executive recruitment firms in the UK.

We’ll work collaboratively and closely with you, providing a fully tailored approach to your  search. We have extensive experience working across the arts culture and heritage landscape, from museums and galleries to theatres and performing arts organisations.

Organisations we work with
  • Museums
  • Galleries 
  • Heritage Organisations 
  • Theatres 
  • Ballet Companies 
  • Opera Companies  
  • Dance Companies 
  • Zoo’s 
  • Venues 
  • Arts Centres 
Roles we assist with
  • Chief Executives 
  • Chief Operating Officers 
  • Chief Finance Officers 
  • Commerical Director 
  • Director of Finance 
  • Director of Fundraising 
  • Director of Marketing 
  • Director of Operations 
  • Director of HR 
  • Artistic Director 

Making I&D a reality

We partner with our clients to help define their leadership diversity challenges and develop appropriate recruitment solutions across both our process and theirs. We are passionate about the significant role we play in enabling and delivery diversity, and pride ourselves on doing so in an authentic way.


The support provided by Sandra and the team has been excellent throughout our recent search and recruitment for a new Chief Executive. Sandra provided appropriate levels of support, sound advice and a thoroughly professional service. We greatly valued her support, advice and management of the process, which meant that we were able to concentrate on the candidates. We are very pleased with the successful outcome and feel that we have located the right candidate.   

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Chair of Trustees

Tom was great right through the process. He took the time to understand the industry and organisation, he helped guide the search and spoke the truth in an agreeable way and helped us narrow in on what we should be looking for. Was realistic and supportive throughout. Very happy to recommend Tom.

Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, CEO

I wanted to take this opportunity of thanking you for the most professional and efficient way in which you have handled this appointment for us. You laid everything out for us from the start of the process and when we reached the shortlist your supporting advice was given in a most positive and helpful format. We greatly appreciated your assessment going through the process and we have obtained a highly suitable person to lead the Hospice in the Clinical Services. Hopefully, we won’t be looking to replace any of our Senior Team for a while but it would be my wish that the Hospice should use Berwick Partners for any future appointments. I would also be more than happy to recommend Berwick Partners to any of our colleagues around the Region.

Chair of Trustees, Prince of Wales Hospice

I highly recommend the service offered by Sandra and her team from my experience of working with Berwick Partners as both a recruiting manager and as a candidate. As a candidate, I felt well-briefed, supported and clear on what was happening – the process felt slick and well-managed and reflected well on the recruiting organisation. I have subsequently turned to Berwick Partners to support my searches for two executive roles. Each time Sandra has delivered a seamless service, bringing a range of high calibre candidates to choose from, all meeting the brief. I am very grateful for the two fantastic people she has found for my team.

Emily Carter – CEO, Royal Trinity Hospice

Berwick Partners worked with Hospice UK in our search for a new CEO.  Sandra and her colleagues were helpful, supportive and entirely professional throughout the process: from refining the Job Description and Person Specification, through longlisting and shortlisting and in the final selection element of the process.  There were some difficult decisions and issues along the way and I was personally very grateful to Sandra for her wisdom, experience, advice and support.   I would be very happy to recommend Berwick Partners to any organisation in our sector.

Paul Jennings - Chair, Hospice UK

Working with Sandra and the team was a really positive experience. They were hugely professional and delivered the brief to a high standard and within the plan we agreed at the outset. We were regularly kept up to date and didn’t have to chase anything. Her support was greatly appreciated from building the brief to finalising the appointment.

Chief Corporate Services & People Officer, Community Integrated Care

When the former CEO of the Smallpeice Trust resigned earlier this year after 10 years in post, the Trust faced the challenge of finding an appropriate successor. The post is a complicated mix of requirements needing a range of skills. From start to finish, Will provided us with a very competent and professional service. He interviewed key Trustees and the Chair of the Trust at length and teased out the details of the role. He drafted the job specification and checked this with us, always providing good insight into the optimum approach. The response to the search and advertising was impressive. We had some 125 applications. He screened these for us developing a long list of 14 candidates for our consideration. He talked through the candidates with the Trustees responsible for the recruitment and narrowed down to 12 whom he interviewed. This took us to a short list, and together we agreed the 5 we should interview. One pulled out the day before the interview, but the remaining 4 were outstanding. The interview panel all agreed that any of these final 4 would be excellent for the job. We unanimously chose our preferred candidate who starts in January. The Trust very appreciative of Will’s hard work and commitment.

Chairman, Smallpeice Trust

Berwick Partners have done an excellent job supporting The Goldsmiths’ Company with recruiting for our Director of Operations vacancy earlier this year and our Clerk and Chief Executive Officer vacancy this summer. Will Pringle and his team provided valuable and sensible recruitment advice, delivered a professional and efficient service to us and prospective candidates, and really “got” the commission. Berwick Partners have also helped us attract a wide range of talented and diverse applicants, which has led to the appointment of two women senior leaders, including our first-ever female CEO in the Company’s history. I highly recommend Berwick Partners to potential customers seeking an executive search firm that delivers excellent results.

Head of HR, The Goldsmiths’ Company

It was a pleasure working with Will and his team in the recruitment for the position of Director of The Tank Museum.  In all we had 120 applicants with an excellent long list and extremely competitive shortlist from which we were able to select a candidate who was an excellent fit for our organisation.  We were well briefed at each stage of the recruitment and benefitted from Will’s knowledge and experience of the market, the potential candidates and the best way to position the Museum.

Director, The Tank Museum

We recently worked with Will Pringle on a role that we had struggled to gain an external perspective on the candidate market for previously, and had been through a couple of unsuccessful attempts at recruiting. Will was recommended and from the start gave us confidence that there were candidates out there and was knowledgeable about the type of candidates and sectors that he would approach. The longlist and shortlist process was super-efficient and professional and out of a strong shortlist with true variety and diversity we selected a fantastic candidate. The whole process was stress free from a client perspective and I have no doubt we will partner with Berwick Partners and Will again. Thank you!

Group People Director, Devonshire Group