Sir Peter Bazalgette joins Royal College of Art

The arts and media titan succeeds Baroness Gail Rebuck, becoming pro-chancellor and chair of council

The Royal College of Art has appointed Sir Peter Bazalgette as its pro-chancellor and chair of council.

Sir Peter Bazalgette has held a number of high-profile roles in the UK arts and media sector: including chair of ITV since 2016, chair of Arts Council England, non-executive board member of UK Research and Innovation, non-executive director of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, president of the Royal Television Society and deputy chair of the graduate National Film and Television School.

In addition, Sir Peter led an independent review into the UK’s creative industries as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy in 2017, and was chairman of Endemol UK where he was responsible for worldwide hit shows such as Big Brother and Deal or No Deal.

“The RCA sits at the sweet spot for the creative industries: where art and design with flair meet cutting edge technologies,” said Sir Peter.

This is the sector which won’t just fuel growth and jobs, it’ll also improve and enrich lives – Sir Peter Bazalgette

“Pre-Covid, the creative industries sector was worth 6% of the UK’s economy and was growing three times as fast. This is the sector whose brilliant design ideas will help every other sector. And this is the sector which won’t just fuel growth and jobs, it’ll also improve and enrich lives.

“I look forward to helping the RCA maintain its world-leading status and to nurture the next generation of talented rainmakers.”

Dr Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor of RCA said: “Sir Peter has been a champion of the creative industries for decades, working tirelessly and eloquently to highlight the value of arts and culture to the UK’s cultural and economic fabric.

“There has never been a more important time for this, as the country plans its build back from the profound effects of the pandemic and as we support our students to tackle current and future global challenges.”

Sir Peter Bazalgette will succeed Baroness Gail Rebuck DBE, and joins the RCA Council in October 2021, before taking up the role of chair on 1 March 2022.

Royal College of Art vice-chancellor Dr Paul Thompson will be speaking at Talking Higher Ed, UB’s virtual event, on Wed 24 March. Register for free now.

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