Chief Executive Officer


After 16 successful years at the helm, our Chief Executive Carien Meijer is delighted to hand over to the next inspirational Drake Music leader.

Carien will be a hard act to follow, but she feels sure that we can find a passionate and dedicated individual to shape and drive Drake Music’s strategic role as a thought and practice leader at  the intersection of music, disability and technology.

We are looking for an exceptional Disabled leader to be our new CEO. We use the word Disabled as a pan-impairment term to include Deaf, Disabled, Neurodivergent, Visually Impaired people, people with long-term health conditions, and/or with mental health conditions.

We use the word ‘leader’ in the widest sense, valuing different styles, perspectives,
and approaches to leadership. Your leadership style and values will be driven by your passion for the arts and absolute commitment to breaking down disabling barriers to music. The Social Model of  Disability must underpin all that you do.

More about the Role Governance
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 4 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.

This is an opportunity for someone who: 
• 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

Our Commitment to Equality
Drake Music is an Equal Opportunities, Disability Confident and Living Wage Employer. We are a team of Disabled and non-disabled people working together to advocate for and achieve quality, equality, and meaningful inclusion in music-making.
We are committed to employing Disabled, Deaf, Neurodivergent and Visually Impaired people, and people with long-term physical health and/or mental health
conditions, and this means we:

• Actively look to attract, recruit, and retain Disabled people.
• Aim to provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process.
• Are flexible with access assessments, so everyone has the best possible
opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job.
• Put access at the heart of everything we do.
In addition, we are especially welcoming of other under-represented groups, including Black, Asian, and Ethnically Diverse people, and LGBTQ+ people.
We take an intersectional approach and aim to create an environment where people
can bring their whole self to their role, in a way which is comfortable and accessible to them.

To discuss this role in an informal way and for any questions please make initial
contact via email to,

Support and Access
Your access requirements will be met to support you in applying, interviewing, or carrying out the role. If the role is offered to you, we will work with you to complete
an Access to Work claim for your access provision.

The application pack is available in Word, PDF, Large Print, Easy Read, and Audio
format. BSL versions can be provided if requested.

If you have any queries regarding access or support, please email our administrator
Jenny Nash at
Job Description

Job title: Chief Executive Officer
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £55k (pro-rata)
Working pattern: 28 hours per week (part-time) this can be worked flexibly
Location: DM office & resource hub, at Rich Mix in East London.
Some remote working will be considered.
Job Share: This role is open to job share
Holiday entitlement: 28 days paid annual leave (pro rata) in addition to public bank holidays
Pension: 5% employee contribution with 3% employer contribution
Extras: Cycle to work scheme Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
Reporting To: Chairperson

Other Key Board members
Relationships: Senior Leadership Team, Finance Consultant, Comms & Fundraising Associates

Job Purpose
To lead and develop the work of Drake Music, fulfilling the purpose of the charity and securing a successful and sustainable future in the world of music, disability, and technology.

Key responsibilities
• Develop the strategic direction of Drake Music alongside the Board and lead the team to embed and deliver the strategy.
• Ensure that the charity is meeting its purpose and doing so within clear governance frameworks.
• Lead and develop the workforce through strong Performance
Management, Line Management, and effective delegation.
• Focus on wellbeing, creating a support infrastructure for the core team and wider DM community.
• Organisational and Programme Development & Planning
• Build key relationships with funders, partner organisations and other stakeholders
• Champion and embed the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Principles and Action Plan
• Review and strengthen the organisational structure and prepare the charity for growth.
• Develop and manage the financial security and governance and ensure rigour is applied to our finance and funding activity.
• Ensure access and inclusion are at the heart of all people management, planning, programmes & operational work.
• Represent Drake Music at internal and external events and projects advocating for access, inclusion and progression in music-making
• Create and lead on a Workforce Development Plan, aiming to build a cohesive workforce through strong central controls and inspiring internal communications.
• Manage the Senior Leadership team, taking a coaching approach and creating conditions for all team members to thrive and work effectively and efficiently through collaboration
• Foster open and clear communication at all levels of the organisation
• Work collaboratively (both face-to-face and online) as part of a diverse, creative team, with an open-minded and inclusive approach
• Lead on Compliance, Health & Safety, Safeguarding, GDPR and IT, working closely with the Head of Business Support Services and the Head of Inclusion and Wellbeing
• Any other duties or responsibilities that are relevant to this role and remit

Person Specification
This is a list of the skills, experience and knowledge we need from our new Chief Executive Officer. You need to show that you have these skills, experience, and knowledge in your written, audio or video application.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge:
• Lived experience of disability and a strong commitment to the Social Model of Disability
• Minimum of 3 years in a leadership role
• Foster an inclusive environment in which people can be at their best – demonstrating empathy, openness, and a collaborative way of working
• Experience of managing and developing people, including performance management, team development, coaching and/or mentoring
• High level of integrity and professionalism with the confidence and skills to demonstrate diplomacy, trust, and confidentiality.
• A dynamic personality with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to communicate at all levels in well informed and positive way. (Please note, communication can be achieved in many ways, for example via Sign
Language Interpreters).
• Passionate about arts and inclusion and the transformative power of music
• Evidence of commitment to your own development and growth.
• Experience of recruiting and managing people and a working knowledge of good, inclusive employment practice.
• Willingness to listen and adapt to different learning and communication styles, access requirements and experiences
• A strong track record of organisational development and experience of change management and project management.
• An ability to understand and promote the use of technology and applying its use to maximise innovation and effectiveness throughout the organisation.
• Experience of financial and budget management across an organisation.
• Experience of policy and procedure development and implementation.


Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form 

Application Pack  (PDF)

Application Pack  ( Word Doc )

Application Pack  ( Audio )

Application Pack in Large Print ( PDF )

Application Pack in Large Print ( Word Doc )

Application Pack ( Easy Read )