Royal Academy of Dance reveals next chief executive

Tim Arthur will succeed Luke Rittner, who is retiring after 23 years in the role

Tim Arthur

The Royal Academy of Dance has appointed Tim Arthur as its next chief executive.

Arthur has held a variety of roles, including creative director at Virgin Money, global chief executive of Time Out magazine, and chief executive of Cardboard Citizens, a charity that creates theatre with homeless people.

He will join the dance education and training charity in March and succeeds Luke Rittner, who will retire at the end of April after 23 years in post.

Arthur, who started his career as a drama teacher with his own drama school in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is a former chief executive of Trinity Theatre in the same town and has been a presenter for BBC Radio London.

He said: “Over the last 100 years, the RAD has helped to change tens of thousands of lives around the world by introducing them to the transformative power and sheer joy of dance. The RAD has been a beacon of excellence, creativity, passion and inclusivity and my aim is to ensure that this continues long into the future.”

Guy Perricone, chair of the RAD, said: “Finding a successor to Luke Rittner was always going to be very difficult, given his huge contribution to the RAD.

“But, after conducting a long and thorough search, we saw that Tim’s unique blend of experience, his deep personal appreciation of the arts coupled with his strong financial and commercial acumen made him a standout candidate.”

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