Matthew Taylor to step down as chief executive of the RSA

He will focus on his writing and broadcasting projects, but will retain an advisory role at the charity

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the arts and science charity the RSA, is to step down after 15 years in the role. 

He said in a statement today that he would leave the charity next June to focus on other projects, including writing and broadcasting, but would retain an advisory role with the RSA. 

The charity said that during Taylors tenure it had become a more global institution, had shifted to more focused programmatic working, and had developed a new brand identity. 

Tim Eyles, the charity’s chair, said: “We are all incredibly grateful to Matthew for his 15 years of extraordinary service to the RSA. 

“He leaves having transformed the organisation, and with the highest profile and influence since its founding in 1754. 

“Matthew leaves huge shoes to fill, but his departure also comes at an exciting time in the RSA’s history, with our recently relaunched brand and shift away from projects to more focused, longer-term programmatic working, which aims to increase our impact in the world.”

Taylor, who was appointed CBE in 2019, said that being chief executive of the charity had been an incredible privilege. 

“Back in 2006, I never thought I would do the job for over 15 years – but as the RSA has grown and developed, my role has been constantly challenging, exciting and rewarding,” he said. 

“I am incredibly grateful to the colleagues and fellows who have put up with and supported me over the years.”

The RSA will begin the process of appointing its next chief executive in the new year.

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