Job Ad - Freelance Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Create Sheffield

At Create Sheffield we believe that effective leadership and good decision-making are enabled through a culture of listening to, and acting on, diverse perspectives and having behaviours that embody respect, openness and constructive challenge. Create Sheffield is working towards having a diverse trustee and employee makeup and governance. We are committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce and our partners. Our aim is for the people we work and collaborate with to be truly representative of all sections of society and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. We actively encourage people from underrepresented communities and diverse backgrounds to apply. 

If you have any questions or need further support with your application please get in touch with Sophie Hunter, Creative Producer at or call her on 07803 611631.


Create Sheffield is seeking professional support from a freelance equality, diversity and inclusion consultant who can offer guidance for our equality, diversity and inclusion consultant (EDI) programme running in 2023. This person will provide expert advice in order to ensure that our suggested approach is appropriate, and will help the staff team and Trustees to shape the EDI programme of work to ensure greatest success.

The consultancy outputs

Create Sheffield is seeking a consultant who can:

  • Use their knowledge of and connections in Sheffield to support Create Sheffield to engage with and be guided by a more diverse group of partners, and to better understand the cultural landscape in the city.
  • Bring their knowledge and experience of equality, diversity and inclusion to the programme, asking appropriate questions of both Create Sheffield and our partners, and offering guidance as the programme is developed.
  • Support Create Sheffield as they consider how to embed excellent EDI practices into both the company and the wider partnership.
  • Assist Create Sheffield with the recruitment of two short term researcher roles - one focused on racial diversity and inclusion, the other on equality and inclusion, and potentially the recruitment of a fundraiser who specialises in EDI work.

Fee: £1400 (around 4 days work)

Timescale: mid/end Feb - end April 2023


Please submit the following:

  1. a short expression of interest indicating your expertise in this area, and what you feel you would bring to the role
  2. Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form
  3. a CV 
  4. two references 

Send by email to Sophie Hunter, Create Sheffield Creative Producer at, and please also copy in 

Deadline 8am, Monday 23rd January

Interviews will be held online – Tuesday 31st January or Wednesday 1st February 

About the programme

Create Sheffield is delighted to have received continuation funding from IVE, Sheffield City Council and the Virtual School for Children Looked After, to support the development of a new strand of work for the arts and culture sector in Sheffield that will run from November 2022 – December 2023.

To sustain the strength of our cultural education partnership, the next step for Create Sheffield is to offer both support and opportunities to tackle city-wide strategic issues within the arts and culture sector for children and young people. 

The first focus will be equality, diversity & inclusion within the arts and cultural education sector in Sheffield - a topic that has already been identified by the partnership. By the end of the funding period, we aim to have a co-produced and co-owned city-wide strategy that all partners have a stake in.

Support and development from Create Sheffield will be offered in three ways: 

  1. Through the development of a new cultural education partnership Forum, steering group, and work streams, which will ensure that the wider partnership is expanded and will move into active delivery on behalf of the city.
  2. Through offering research, development, training and support linked to the topic.
  3. Through offering topic-focused fundraising on behalf of the partnership. 

The work will be guided by baseline surveys, needs analysis report, exploratory meetings, input from steering group and work stream members. Based on previous conversations, we imagine the work might focus on looking at ways to expand the diversity of the arts and cultural education partner pool, and careers pathways and support for global majority artists who work with children and young people.

We know that addressing equality, diversity and inclusion needs to be tackled sensitively, with leadership and long-term strategy. 

The role of the consultant on this project is integral in ensuring that our suggested approach is appropriate, and will help the team to shape the EDI programme of work to ensure greatest success.

Outline of the programme 2022-23

About Create Sheffield

Create Sheffield is Sheffield’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). Formed in 2017, Create Sheffield is one of 15 LCEPs established in Yorkshire and Humber by IVE, the Arts Council’s Bridge Organisation for the region, in response to the Cultural Education Challenge. Further information can be found here.

Create Sheffield aims to engage all children and young people across Sheffield with the arts and cultural industries, working to remove barriers to engagement where they exist.

We work strategically with various organisations operating in sectors ranging from theatre and dance to circus, coding and computer games. We’re here to facilitate and celebrate young peoples’ participation in arts and culture. 

From introducing young people to creative careers to collaborating with local artists, our adventures, stories and events make the quality and vibrancy of Sheffield available to all who want to get involved.

Questions or comments 

If you have any questions or comments about this role, please get in touch with Sophie Hunter, Creative Producer at or call her on 07803 611631.