The primary focus of the Development Director is to help A&B Cymru achieve a self-sustaining model of operation, increasing profile, credibility and customer base across Wales.

Working closely with the Chief Executive, the Director will be responsible for achieving a high level income target from a variety of private and public sector sources. 

The Director will initiate and develop relationships with trusts and foundations, individuals, business leaders and other key stakeholders, securing a new income base which will allow A&B Cymru to operate effectively across Wales. Income will be raised for both existing and new A&B Cymru programmes and services.

The role requires highly developed influencing skills, an instinctive approach to problem solving and a proven track record in income generation. The successful candidate will also be creative, dynamic, proactive and highly efficient. 

The Development Director is based primarily in Cardiff. Regular travel and attendance at evening events are necessary for this position.


  • To work closely with the Chief Executive to develop the profile and credibility of A&B Cymru across Wales through advocacy and high level networking.

  • To promote the work of A&B Cymru to key individuals and organisations.

  • To take a lead role in identifying and securing new income for A&B Cymru from a variety of public and private sector sources, working towards an agreed annual target to create a self-sustaining model of operation.  This will be achieved by:

    • Identifying relevant trust funders and securing investment from them;

    • Working with the team to deepen relationships with existing supporting trusts & foundations;

    • Identifying relevant philanthropists and securing support from them;

    • Identifying relevant public funders and securing investment from them;

    • Working with the team to deepen relationships with existing business and arts members;

    • Working with the team to recruit new business and arts members;

    • Working with the team to recruit new sponsors.

  • To oversee and co-ordinate the delivery of the Creative Internships Programme, including servicing current funders and recruiting new supporters.

  • To maintain the highest professional standards of ethics and practices upheld by A&B Cymru.

To assist and support the Chief Executive in any other work which might be reasonably required.

Person specification

Essential skills and knowledge

  • Ability to think laterally, see creative solutions to business challenges and implement them.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • Proven ability in strategic planning.

  • Good organisational and time management skills.

  • Negotiation, sales and fundraising skills.

  • Presentational skills.

  • Entrepreneurial skills.

  • Good general knowledge of the Arts & Cultural sector.

Essential experience 

  • A minimum of five years’ experience working as a professional fundraiser with a proven track record in income generation.

  • Proven track record of dealing with Senior Management of organisations.

  • Marketing of ideas, services and products.

  • Partnership development or collaborative working.

Essential personal attributes and attitude 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and credibility with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • Open, positive and engaging team player with the drive to work independently.

  • Discreet and able to deal with confidential, sensitive information.

  • Diplomatic and calm under pressure.

  • Flexibility and willingness to travel as required and to attend events.

  • Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the work of A&B Cymru and knowledge of the arts in Wales.

  • Commitment to quality.

  • Commitment to Wales and a knowledge of the country’s politics and governance.

Desirable skills and experience 

  • A high level of written and spoken Welsh.

  • Management experience in a business or arts environment in Wales.

  • Maintaining effective, mutually beneficial business / arts partnerships.

  • Full driving licence.

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