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Ruth Mackenzie named chair of Arts Council England’s London area council

Ruth Mackenzie. Photo: Michel Porro Ruth Mackenzie. Photo: Michel Porro
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Former Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director Ruth Mackenzie has been appointed the new chair of Arts Council England’s London area council.

Mackenzie replaces current chair Veronica Wadley, who will be leaving the role on June 30 after eight years.

London mayor Sadiq Khan announced the appointment, which has been approved by the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, on March 26 following an open recruitment process.

Mackenzie is currently artistic director at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and for the Holland Festival in Amsterdam – roles that she will continue alongside her Arts Council position. She has previously held positions with Scottish Opera and was director of the London 2012 Festival.

In her new role, she will lead on the Arts Council’s work in London, join the body’s National Council and help to shape the future of culture and the creative industries in the capital.

Mackenzie said: “I am honoured to be given the chance to work for Sadiq Khan and [deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries] Justine Simons to create the best opportunities for the artists, creative industries, cultural institutions and, above all, the communities of London.”

Khan added: “Culture in London is the thread that joins us all together and Ruth’s wealth of experience in engaging people of all backgrounds in culture will be invaluable in this role.”