Arts Council England deputy chief executive, Althea Efunshile, will step down from her role in October 2016.
She has left to pursue "a new life" with a "portfolio career with projects and non-executive board positions that will challenge my intellect but take up a bit less of my time".
Efunshile was appointed deputy chief executive of ACE in 2012, after joining in 2007 as executive director of arts planning and investment. She currently holds responsibility for strategic planning across the organisation, as well as the Arts Council’s national investment strategy. She also leads on the Arts Council’s work for children and young people.
Recently, Efunshile held a central role in negotiations with the department for culture, media and sport (DCMS) and the treasury to secure the latest spending review settlement that saw the Arts Council’s income protected.
Darren Henley, chief executive of ACE, said: "Althea’s contribution to the Arts Council has been enormous. Her strategic shaping of our work has helped us secure the confidence of government and the arts and culture sector.
"We shall miss her enormously but she leaves an organisation that is in very good shape, with really strong processes and people – many of whom, she has recruited. She has kindly given us almost a year in order to make sure we can plan for her departure."
Efunshile said: "I feel I can look back with great affection and satisfaction on my time at the Arts Council. The organisation is in fine shape and next autumn is a good time for me to depart. I am looking forward to a new life in which I can have a portfolio career with projects and non-executive board positions that will challenge my intellect but take up a bit less of my time."
ACE’s next investment process will cover the period 2018/19 to 2020/21. Efunshile will lead the planning of that process which will be completed by the time she departs next autumn.