News: Tony Hall joins the House of Lords

Monday 15 February 2010

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, will be joining the House of Lords as one of four new non party political peers. He has been at the Royal Opera House since 2001 and was previously Director and then Chief Executive of BBC News and Current Affairs from 1989-2001. In July 2009 he was asked by the Government and Mayor of London to set up and chair a board to direct the Cultural Olympiad and has also joined the Board of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

Tony Hall said “I am hugely honoured to be offered this new role. It’s a real privilege and I’m delighted not only for myself but for the extraordinary team of colleagues I have at the Royal Opera House who work so hard day in, day out, to produce the very best opera and ballet in the world. I remain fully committed to them and to ensuring that our work continues to be seen by as many people, of all ages and backgrounds, as possible.” “My keen interest in all facets of the creative industries, something that Britain does so brilliantly, increases all the time. Working for over thirty years in broadcasting and the arts has shown me what a massive impact artistic endeavour can have, how it can change lives, and provide unique and fantastic ways to help learning in the broadest sense. I feel strongly that we need to find new ways of developing skills and nurturing the undoubted talents in young people so that they can reach their full potential in these fields. The creative industries are a vital part of our national identity and I plan to do my best to ensure that they continue to flourish in the future.”

In a statement following the announcement by the House of Lords Appointments Committee Simon Robey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Opera House, said that Hall “is passionate about arts, culture and all aspects of broadcasting and the media, and his enthusiasm has been a vital ingredient in reshaping the Royal Opera House for the 21st century and I know that the House of Lords will benefit enormously from his great wisdom and vision.”

The other new non party political peers are:
Sir Michael Bichard, Chair of the Design Council and Director of the Institute for Government
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain’s most successful Paralympian
Professor Ajay Kakkar, Surgeon and Medical Researcher with a special interest in thrombosis
They will sit on the crossbenches.

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