Birmingham Royal Ballet is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Michael Clarke CBE DL, former vice principal of Birmingham University, as its chairman designate.
The appointment follows the retirement of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s current chair, Tessa King-Farlow who will step down in March 2009.
Professor Michael Clarke retired as vice principal of the university of Birmingham at the end of September 2008, a post which he has held since January 2003 and was previously pro-vice chancellor with responsibility for the university’s external relations (a portfolio he kept until his retirement).
Christopher Barron, chief executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Clarke as chair designate of the Birmingham Royal Ballet to succeed Tessa King-Farlow.
Professor Clarke’s senior role at Birmingham University and his knowledge of the West Midlands in general are first class credentials for the position of chair of a company which recognises the importance of the community it is based in and the international context in which it works.”
Professor Clarke said: “It is a tremendous honour and privilege to be appointed the chair of Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the most creative and industrious ballet companies in the country.
“I look forward to watching the company continue to provide world class entertainment to audiences and forging partnerships and promoting excellence within arts communities and beyond.”