Eastside Educational Trust

Eastside Educational Trust

Founded in 1994, Eastside exists to help young people develop their creative thinking, so that they can become the problem-solvers of tomorrow.

They achieve this by engaging children and young people through direct participation in the arts, enabling them to work with professional artists and creative practitioners, both in and outside school, with a particular focus on areas in London where their help is needed most.

Among their many awards and achievements are two official Guinness World Records for literature, two quality assurance marks (‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ and ‘Investing in Volunteers’), the ‘European Award for Languages’ and the ‘European Language Label’, and ‘The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’, the equivalent of an MBE for community based organisations.

By 2018, they will have further developed their position as a leading organisation in the provision of arts education in London, with strong national and international links, and an enviable reputation for innovative, imaginative and artistically-excellent projects.

CEO / Artistic Director

Following the announcement that their Founding Directors were to step down in early 2017, they sought another inspiring individual, capable of building on their firm foundations, who could quickly assess where they were today. More importantly, they needed to work with trustees, staff and volunteers to lead the organisation through the next stage of its development.

They were looking for a new CEO, who shares their passion and commitment to developing creative thinking, who would bring their commercial acumen, honed in a similar arts or education-based environment, to develop new income streams to sustain and grow the organisation.

Oxford HR was successful in appointing Matt Lane, who at the time held the post of Head of Royal Opera House Thurrock & Thames Gateway.

This is an initiative which works closely with the ROH Board and the CEO, to design and deliver a world-class programme of engagement activities including creative and artistic programming, festival curation, and community participation and learning activities.