Althea Efunshile CBE has had a 35 year career working in the fields of education, children & young people, and the arts. She is Chair of the National College Creative Industries; Chair of Ballet Black; a Non-Executive Director of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; a Non-Executive Director of Channel 4; and a Council member of Goldsmiths College, University of London. Until October 2016 she was Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England where she was responsible for day to day operational delivery; led on the development and implementation of the Investment Strategy; and led on cultural education and work for children and young people. Prior to joining the Arts Council in 2007, Althea spent six years as a senior civil servant in the Department for Education and Skills working in various director level roles all concerned with improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. From 1996 to 2001, she was a chief officer with the London Borough of Lewisham, first as Director of Education and Community Services, and then as Executive Director for Education and Culture. Althea began her career as a secondary school teacher in the London Borough of Brent. She was awarded a CBE for services to arts and culture in June 2016.