Job alert: Dunard Centre-Chief Executive

The Dunard Centre is a bold new initiative to build a world-class performance venue in the heart of historic Edinburgh, attracting celebrated artists to the city and offering rewarding cultural and creative opportunities to the wider community year-round.

Designed by globally renowned architectural practice, David Chipperfield Architects, and acoustic consultants, Nagata Acoustics, the concert hall will deliver an extraordinary acoustic experience for classical music and is also able to adapt to the requirements of the broadest range of music genres and performances.

Operated by International Music and Performing Arts (IMPACT) Charitable Trust, the Dunard Centre is supported by an ambitious partnership including Dunard Fund, Royal Bank of Scotland and Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Region Deal. Construction is due to begin in Autumn 2023, with the opening planned for 2027. 

Trustees now wish to recruit the Dunard Centre’s first Chief Executive to lead the delivery of the building and to create and implement the vision for its long-term future as a 21st century arts centre, offering transformative opportunities to the broadest range of partners and stakeholders, locally, nationally and internationally.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive will be responsible for overseeing the successful capital development and opening of the Dunard Centre; setting the artistic vision, programming strategy and business plan; building the management team; generating income; and developing and maintaining excellent stakeholder and partner relationships, including with the Centre’s resident, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Edinburgh International Festival, for whom the hall will be a principal venue.

The ideal candidate will be a senior leader in the arts or cultural sector, with experience of delivering large, complex projects, managing sizeable budgets, and building consensus across diverse stakeholder groups. The Trustees are looking for an inspiring, enterprising, confident and experienced leader, with the vision, commitment, people skills and outlook to galvanise support for Scotland’s newest concert hall, lead the building project to its completion, and to reframe the city’s 21st century cultural proposition to its multiple constituencies and the world.

For further information about the role and how to apply, please download an information pack from

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 6th March

IMPACT Scotland values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. It is committed to promoting equal opportunities in all its employment practices and aims to ensure that no applicant or member of staff is disadvantaged or discriminated against either directly or indirectly.