Act for Change has appointed its first permanent member of staff, as it looks to expand its efforts to achieve greater diversity in the arts.
The charity was set up in 2014 tackle the under-representation of minority groups in theatre and on screen. Earlier this year, the volunteer-led charity warned that it could collapse without more financial support, and began raising funds to employ a member of staff as part of a wider restructure.
It has now appointed Alexander Mushore as a part-time administrator, who will oversee the running of the campaign and work on yet-to-be-announced major projects that will take place in 2019.
Mushore, who is an actor and also is company manager for African and Caribbean theatre company Tangle, will manage communications for Act for Change, as well as working on fundraising and delivering large-scale projects.
He said: “We are going through a period of transition as an organisation, which is about streamlining and really fine-tuning everything we do because we’re ready to go bigger and try and expand the work we have done so far with some new projects next year.”
He joins as Act for Change undergoes an organisational restructure, with co-founder Stephanie Street taking over as chair from Ayesha Casely-Hayford, and Nadia Albina assuming the role of vice chair after Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
Street said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have someone with as much energy and clarity of thinking join us to help with this period of restructuring. Alexander has a really openhearted approach to the campaign, coupled with a real intelligence and a clear eye on the strategic element of things.”