Enriching Britain - through our creativity and heritage: Vikki Heywood CBE, Chairman, The Royal Society of Arts

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Date: 05 October 2016
Venue: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Venue Location: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/visit/getting-here
Time: Reception: 18:00 - Lecture: 18:30 - Networking: 19:30

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Enriching Britain - through our creativity and heritage

Building on her Chairmanship of the Warwick Commission 2015 “Enriching Britain: Culture Creativity and Growth” RSA Chairman, Vikki Heywood will examine the strengths of our creative nation in the new world order post Brexit.

Pre event Leading Edge Thinking Workshop 17:00-18:00

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  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking


Vikki Heywood was appointed for a second three year term as RSA Chairman at the AGM in October 2015, the fist time ever that the Chairman has been invited to remain. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), a position from which she stepped down in 2013. Since leaving the RSC she has taken on the Chairmanship of The RSA, The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value which published January 2015, Mountview Drama Academy and the five year First World War Centenary Arts Commissioning Programme, “14-18 Now”.

Prior to her appointment at the RSC, Vikki was Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre, the country's foremost theatre for the development of new writing. At both the RSC and the Royal Court she was responsible for their two multiple million pound capital projects which transformed two iconic theatre buildings in London and Stratford Upon Avon.

Previously she has been a board member of the Society of London Theatre, The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a member of Warwick University Council as well as a number of theatre boards.

She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham, becoming a Doctor of Letters in December 2009 and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012 for services to theatre.

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