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Alex Beard

Biography

Alex Beard in action.
Alex Beard © ROH/Francesco Guidicini

Alex Beard CBE is Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, a post he has held since 2013.

Beard has a life-long love of opera and a passionate enthusiasm for ballet. He was on the Board of Directors of Glyndebourne Productions Ltd 2008–13 and is currently on the boards of 14–18 NOW (the First World War Cultural Programme), the West End Partnership and the philanthropy board of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and is Chairman of High House Production Park. Past external board memberships include with the RMN-Grand Palais Conseil d’Orientation Stratégique and Global Giving UK. He is a keen cyclist, cricketer and cook.

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 capital 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.

The office of the Chief Executive is generously supported by Bob and Tamar and Manoukian.

News and features

<em>Guillaume Tell</em>: A response to recent debate and discussion

Guillaume Tell: A response to recent debate and discussion

1 July 2015

Read a joint response from Alex Beard, Antonio Pappano and Kasper Holten.

First look at poem by the late Peter Porter, inspired by Die Frau ohne Schatten

First look at poem by the late Peter Porter, inspired by Die Frau ohne Schatten

20 March 2014

Picador will publish this poem in a collection to be released in 2015.

The Royal Opera House in review: A look back on 2013 from Alex Beard

The Royal Opera House in review: A look back on 2013 from Alex Beard

31 December 2013

The Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House picks out his highlights of the year. Do you agree?

Posts by Alex Beard

Open Up project update June 2016

Open Up project update June 2016

6 June 2016

The key changes in the Royal Opera House from 15 June which will impact your visit.

Open Up project update February 2016

Open Up project update February 2016

8 February 2016

Following the closure of the Linbury Studio Theatre, you will soon see changes in other front of house areas.

Applications open for Student Ambassadors 2015/16

Applications open for Student Ambassadors 2015/16

12 August 2015

Why you should help us to spread the word about ballet and opera across the UK.

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