Chief Executive

Drake Music team


We are a charitable organisation and work closely with our Board to maintain strong and effective governance. The Board is disabled-led and made up of people with relevant skills and backgrounds, along with a passion for what we do. This post will report directly to our chairperson.
Clarity of Strategy
You will review and develop our strategy along with the Board of Trustees, within your first year in the role, and work to create sound working relationships with our key funders, supporters, and partners, ensuring that all key stakeholders are inspired and confident in your leadership. Support will be available from the outgoing CEO for a limited period.
Organisational Development
You will lead Drake Music’s service and programme delivery with tenacity and determination and work with the Senior Leadership Team to build the organisation’s capacity in a safe and structured way. Drake Music has gone through some challenging times and earlier this year embarked upon an organisational development programme, which is ongoing. Our new CEO must be equally adept at developing our operational effectiveness, as well as our creative and sustainable future.
Financial Sustainability
Our major funders are extremely supportive of the creative and innovative approach to our work. Our careful and open management of funds, and our ability to deliver against clear organisational and programme outcomes, must be maintained. Reporting, budget management and financial governance standards are high and must remain so. Business development will be a major part of this role and understanding the fundraising requirements of the charity will be essential learning for our new CEO.
People Strategy
You will lead on the growth and development of the team, whilst embedding strong and creative performance management and measures. The workforce is made up of payroll staff and self-employed associates, due to the nature of the project-based programmes that Drake Music delivers.
The importance of creating cohesive, safe, and supportive working environments for all cannot be overestimated. Much of our working practice has changed since the onset of the pandemic and hybrid working is an added dimension to our organisational practice. This will need developing and managing operationally as part of the people strategy.
Inclusion and Wellbeing Strategy
Access to all and the removal of barriers for disabled people is fundamental to our organisation’s strategic and cultural commitment. You will lead the organisation in line with the Social Model of Disability and ensure that we not only meet expectations but exceed them in this area of work.


  • Is aligned to Drake Music’s values around social justice, equality, creativity, and inclusion
  • Driven, financially responsible and astute
  • Leads people by example, with a supportive and collaborative approach.
  • A strong track record in strategic and operational management, business support and development

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Drake Music

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology. **Our vision:** Non-disabled people can make music in many ways. We want the same for Disabled people. We want equal opportunities for everyone to make music. Our vision is a world where Disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where Disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals. **What we do:** We work with disabled musicians of all ages and abilities, from school children making music for the first time, to professional musicians developing their career and practice. We offer commission opportunities, deliver education projects and develop new accessible musical instruments. We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology for over 20 years. We are specialists in using technology to break down disabling barriers to making music. **Where we work:** Our Head Office is located in London, but we are a national organisation working with schools, arts organisations, music hubs and musicians across England. We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and we are a member of Youth Music's Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England.

Job Details

Posted on Nov 25

London, UK

Full time