ACE deputy CEO Althea Efunshile to be inaugural chair of national creative institution
Althea Efunshile has been announced as the first chair of the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries.
Arts Council England’s deputy chief executive will take on the role later this year as she steps down from ACE in October.
The college, which is due to open in September, is the first government-backed national institution for the creative and cultural industries and will be managed by Creative and Cultural Skills on behalf of industry employers including the Royal Opera House, the BBC and the National Theatre.
Based at High House Production Park in Thurrock – also home to the ROH’s set and scenery workshop and costume centre – the college will provide specialist training for technical skills needed in the creative industries.
Efunshile will leave her position at ACE after three years, before which she held positions including executive director for education and cultural in the London Borough of Lewisham and roles within the Department for Education.
She said: “I look forward to contributing to a much improved pipeline of young people, with the necessary talent and industry-focused skills, for the sustained buoyancy and increased diversity of the sector.”
The college has also announced its first board members, which include managing director of White Light Bryan Raven.
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