Jim Tough appointed as an Area Executive Director, North

Arts Council England has announced the appointment of Jim Tough as Area Executive Director, North. The appointment is the final one to its new Executive Board – the streamlined national leadership team that will lead the re-structured organisation from April 2010.

Jim is currently Chief Executive of the Scottish Arts Council (SAC), where he has made a significant contribution to the change management programme that will result in the formation of Creative Scotland – the new body that will take over the functions of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen.

Jim has more than 25 years experience in the public and voluntary sectors, in community education and youth work and the arts. During his time at SAC, his strategic review of funding relationships resulted in a £7M uplift in SAC’s government grant.