Welsh National Opera has appointed Yvette Vaughan Jones as its new chair, alongside five new board members.
She is the first woman in the company’s 73-year history to hold the role.
Vaughan Jones, who takes up the role immediately, replaces Mark Molyneux. He left WNO in March and the role has been filled by Martyn Ryan on an interim basis since then.
Vaughan Jones will step down from her current role as chief executive of the London-based Visiting Arts in order to take up the chair position at WNO and will also leave her role as chair of NoFit State Circus in December.
She said: “I am thrilled at the opportunity to take on the chair of Welsh National Opera at this time and am acutely aware of the eminence of previous chairs who have done such a fine job.
“WNO has for many years been a beacon of quality and excellence in the opera and music world and now the challenge is to show how the light from that beacon not only shines in the smaller towns and villages across Wales but also how it illuminates the desires and interests, giving a voice, through opera to many more people.”
Other new appointments to the board include Lynne Berry, Manon Edwards Ahir, Aileen Richards, Chitra Bharucha and Nicola Emery.
Board member Andrew Miller, who oversaw the recruitment process, said: “I am delighted that all our appointments are women and that for the first time in our 73-year history, WNO will have a female chair in Yvette Vaughan Jones.”