News: New Chair for Arts Council England

Wednesday 17 December 2008

Dame Liz Forgan is to be the first woman to Chair the Arts Council since it was founded in 1946.She succeeds the current Chair, Sir Christopher Frayling, who leaves in February 2009.

Liz Forgan’s early career was in print journalism. One of her most prominent roles was as editor of the Guardian women’s pages. She moved to television when Channel Four started in the early 1980s and has since worked for the BBC – most recently as Head of Radio until 1998.

She is currently a board member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and was previously Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Announcing the appointment Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said:The next few years will be both an exciting and challenging time for the Arts world. It will have to deliver big initiatives, such as the Cultural Olympiad and free theatre tickets for under 26s, against an increasingly demanding financial background. I am sure that Liz Forgan’s experience working in the worlds of heritage and media, coupled with her interests in the arts, will serve her well in the role, and I look forward to working with her.”

Liz Forgan said: “This is a golden age of creativity and innovation in England, encouraged and supported over decades by the Arts Council. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to its future.”.

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