ACE chief executive Alan Davey

ACE consults unions and staff on restructure plans

Patrick Steel and Geraldine Kendall, 18.07.2012
Proposed model would see 150 posts made redundant
After informal talks with the arts and cultural sector, Arts Council England (ACE) has launched a formal consultation with staff and unions on its new operational model.

The arts council needs to cut its administrative costs by 50% by 2015 and is proposing to make 150 posts redundant by July next year.

The organisation also plans to replace its nine regional offices with five hubs and a number of satellite offices, create a smaller national hub distributed across three locations and cut its executive board from nine to five members.

ACE has not made public what changes, if any, it has made to these proposals following the earlier informal consultation with the sector.

A spokesman from the organisation said staff and unions would now have an opportunity to make amendments and suggestions and emphasised that the structure could change considerably between now and the end of the consultation in November.

He said: “The model – which is still subject to change – is based on the principle of our being a national organisation with local presence, preserving relationship management and specialist and artform expertise.

“It sets out how the arts council will continue to deliver its goals, operating as an intelligent and collaborative funder, leading growth and ambition in the sector and being accountable for public money.

“The final new operating model for ACE will be announced in November 2012 and implemented in July 2013.”