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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. 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.

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 May 2015

Open Up project update May 2015

29 May 2015

Ahead of work starting at the Royal Opera House this autumn, we’re keen to hear your thoughts and questions.

Royal Opera House Open Up project gets planning approval

Royal Opera House Open Up project gets planning approval

18 March 2015

Changes to our building will deliver spaces fit for the 21st century.

New UK law offers more protection to ticket buyers

New UK law offers more protection to ticket buyers

17 March 2015

The Consumer Rights Bill has been passed, with the aim of combating ticket touts.

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