Althea Efunshile CBE (Chair)

Independent Public Policy Professional

Althea has had a 35 year career spent in local & central government and an NDPB. She was second in command at Arts Council England for just under a decade responsible for operational delivery, cultural education, and investment strategies for the deployment of £700m per annum into arts & culture. Previously she held various Director level senior civil servant roles at the Department for Education, all concerned with improving outcomes for socially excluded and disadvantaged children & young people. She was Executive Director for Education & Culture in the London Borough of Lewisham, having previously worked in education and Youth Services in the London Boroughs of Merton, Harrow and Westminster, and in Buckinghamshire County Council. Althea started her career as a secondary school teacher. As well as being Chair of the National College Creative Industries, she is a Non-Executive Director of University College London (NHS) Foundation Trust; Goldsmiths College, University of London; and Ballet Black.