Cultural Olympiad Board Members

Who is on the Cultural Olympiad Board?

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House and newly appointed Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board, announced the first members of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad board.

Jude Kelly is the first founding member, and is joined by Alan Davey, Vicky Heywood, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Munira Mirza, Mark Thomson and Sir Nicholas Serota. The appointment of the first board members is part of the restructure of the Cultural Olympiad’s leadership which will oversee the Cultural Olympiad programme. 

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Board members

Tony Hall, Chief Executive, the Royal Opera House (Chair)
Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England
Vikki Heywood, Executive Director, Royal Shakespeare Company
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, The Barbican
Munira Mirza, Advisor on arts and culture to the Mayor of London
Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate
Mark Thompson, Director General, BBC

The Cultural Olympiad is a national celebration of culture as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It will harness the power of the Games to inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially amongst young people and is designed to give everyone in the country a chance to be part of the Games and to leave a lasting legacy well beyond 2012.

The Cultural Olympiad has benefited from a National Lottery grant of £15.6 million from the Olympic Lottery Distributor which makes them the largest single funder of the 10 major projects.

Tony Hall said: 'I’m delighted that each board member brings such a wealth of experience and talent from so many different areas of the arts. Together we share the vision for the best Cultural Olympiad yet, one that will showcase the incredible arts and culture this country has to offer and engage people everywhere in the arts, whatever their background or taste. I very much look forward to working together with the team to make the vision for the Cultural Olympiad a reality.

The new Board and I are grateful to the Olympic Lottery Distributor for their investment, which will enable to Cultural Olympiad major projects to produce world class work.'

Seb Coe, Chairman of London 2012 said; 'The investment made by the Olympic Lottery Distributor this week, and the plans that are being developed by the cultural sector across the project will help us deliver a powerful cultural Olympiad.'