Alex Beard CBE is Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House. He was appointed to the position in March 2013, taking up the role in September that year. His immediate previous position had been Deputy Director for Tate.
Beard was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Westminster School and King's College London. He worked for a year at KPMG before joining Arts Council of Great Britain in 1986. In 1995 he became Director of Finance and Administration of Tate, becoming Director of Business there in 1999 and Deputy Director in 2002. During Beard's time with Tate he worked closely with Director Nicholas Serota in the creation of Tate Modern, the development programme for Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate St Ives and the launch of The Tanks at Tate Modern in summer 2012, while also overseeing the business operations of the Tate galleries. At the end of 2012 he was appointed a CBE for his services to the arts.
Beard has a life-long love of opera and more recently a passionate enthusiasm for ballet. He was on the Board of Directors of Glyndebourne Productions Ltd 2008–13 and is currently on the board of 14–18 NOW (the First World War Cultural Programme) and on the philanthropy board of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Past external board memberships include with the RMN-Grand Palais Conseil d'Orientation Stratégique, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Finance Fund Panel and Global Giving UK. He is a keen cyclist, cricketer and cook.
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