English National Opera's interim CEO Cressida Pollock appointed for three years

Harry Brünjes also confirmed as chair at the troubled charity as it seeks readmission to Arts Council England's national portfolio of funded organisations

The ENO's home in St Martin's Lane, London
The ENO's home in St Martin's Lane, London

The English National Opera has announced that its interim chief executive and acting chair have been given the positions on a long-term basis.

The ENO said that it had given a three-year fixed term contract to Cressida Pollock, who has been interim chief executive of the charity since March, and confirmed the appointment of Harry Brünjes as chair.

Pollock replaced Henriette Gotz after she stood down in February after nine months in the role.

Pollock has been tasked with making changes at the charity that would enable it to be readmitted to the Arts Council England’s national portfolio of funded organisations.

ACE said in February that the ENO would be removed from its national portfolio funding programme for the next three years and instead placed under special funding arrangements because of serious concerns about the ENO’s governance and business model.

Brünjes, who has been on the ENO board for five years, replaced Martyn Rose on an interim basis after he stood down after less than two years in the role, also in February.

Pollock said: "During my time at ENO so far, I have been genuinely overwhelmed by the talent, dedication and commitment that is demonstrated by everyone in the company. As we enter this new era, I recognise that we face significant challenges – not least to reduce our reliance on public subsidy.

"However, I am convinced we can succeed and that, with our world-class team, we can continue to produce brilliant opera for audience members in London and around the UK."

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