Althea Efunshile was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Arts Council in 2012, after joining the Arts Council in January 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. Althea has responsibility for operational delivery and corporate planning & governance across the organisation, as well as for developing and implementing the national Arts Council Investment Strategy. She also holds the Arts Council brief for children and young people. Althea spent six years from 2000 to 2006 as a senior civil servant in various director level roles in the Department for Education and Skills. Prior to this, the greater part of Althea’s career was in local government. 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. She had previously worked in London Borough of Merton as Assistant Director for Education, in London Borough of Harrow as Education Officer (Youth Services), and in Buckinghamshire County Council as an Area Youth Officer. She has also worked in the voluntary sector as the head of a Community Education Centre in Westminster. Althea started her career as a secondary school teacher in the London Borough of Brent.