Trinity Laban today announces Alan Davey CBE, Controller of BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms and BBC Orchestras and Choirs, as its new Chair of Governors. Davey replaces Dr Geoffrey Copland CBE, who has been Chair since the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP stepped down in September 2019.
Prior to his position at the BBC, where he is also champion for socio-economic diversity, Davey spent seven years as Chief Executive Officer of Arts Council England. His public positions include being former chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFAACA). He was awarded a CBE for services to the Arts in the 2015 New Year Honours.
Taking up this voluntary post, Alan Davey comments:
"I am thrilled to be taking the position of Chair of Governors at Trinity Laban, London's creative conservatoire. I have long admired the innovation and creativity I have seen from Trinity Laban, its students and alumni: it is a place that creates opportunity for students from all backgrounds and across the globe and works with them to shape the future of music and dance. Arts and higher education have never been more important and I am looking forward to working with Trinity Laban to build on our success as a truly diverse, inclusive and excellent institution where great work can be done."
Welcoming Davey as Chair, Trinity Laban Principal Professor Anthony Bowne comments:
"It is a privilege for Trinity Laban to have Alan Davey as our new Chair and we welcome his support and strong track record in cultural and creative leadership. Alan's role as Chair will be to offer scrutiny and strategy, helping us to achieve our strategic ambitions and realise our commitments to ensuring Trinity Laban is a place where students can have their voices heard. Like us, Alan believes that culture can change the world for good. At this time of renewal and change, I know that Alan will contribute a great deal to our world-class Trinity Laban community.
We are immensely grateful to Dr Copland for his long service to Trinity Laban in governance roles and most recently of course as a most effective and respected Chair of Governors. I am pleased that he will continue to serve on the Board of Governors as Vice-Chair."