The Royal Opera House entrance on Bow Street © ROH 2012
The Royal Opera House entrance on Bow Street © ROH 2012

Boards and Committees

The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people’s lives through opera and ballet. Home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – we seek to be always accessible and engaging, to develop audiences across the UK and to break new ground in the presentation of lyric theatre.

Our main corporate entity is Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, a registered charitable company limited by guarantee (registered in England no.480523, registered Charity no.211775). Royal Opera House Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary (registered in England no.4112266), which carries on trading activities that fall outside the primary charitable purpose of the Royal Opera House.

The Board of Trustees of Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation is responsible for the governance of the Royal Opera House and is our ultimate decision-making body. Supported by the Executive Team, it is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Royal Opera House’s mission and aims. The members of the Board and of our other key committees are listed below.

Patron

HRH The Prince of Wales

Hon. Vice-President

Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG

Hon. Vice-President

Dame Vivien Duffield DBE

Chief Executive

Alex Beard CBE

Board of Trustees

Chair

Ian Taylor

Deputy Chair

Lady Heywood

Interim Company Secretary

Ivan Daffern

  • Tim Bunting
  • Kirsty Cooper
  • Dr Genevieve Davies
  • Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE
  • Dame Vivien Duffield
  • Susan Hoyle OBE
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir John Kingman
  • Julian Metherell
  • Munira Mirza
  • Paul Morrell OBE
  • Laura Wade-Gery
  • Roger Wright CBE
  • Danny Wyler
Finance and Operations Committee

Chair

Lady Heywood

  • Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir John Kingman
  • Julian Metherell
  • Paul Morrell OBE
  • Ian Taylor
  • Laura Wade-Gery
  • Danny Wyler
Audit and Risk Committee

Chair

Julian Metherell

  • Kirsty Cooper
  • Lady Heywood
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir John Kingman
  • Paul Morrell OBE
  • Ian Taylor
  • Laura Wade-Gery
  • Danny Wyler
Learning and Participation Committee

Chair

Munira Mirza

  • Helen Bruckdorfer
  • Hilary Carty
  • Dame Vivien Duffield
  • Jane Ellison
  • David Hall
  • Sue Hoyle
  • Anne McElvoy
  • Dame Theresa Sackler
  • Jonathan Sands
  • Ian Taylor
  • Bridget Whyte
Development Committee

Chair

Ian Taylor

  • Ian Andrews
  • Roger Barron
  • The Countess of Chichester
  • Nicola Davidson
  • Dr Genevieve Davies
  • Simon Holden
  • Martin Houston
  • Robert Kalff
  • Sophie Lecoq
  • Thomas Lynch
  • Julian Metherell
  • Sir Simon Robertson
  • Kristina Rogge
  • Dame Gail Ronson
  • John Singer
  • The Earl of Snowdon
  • Natasha Tsukanova
  • Andrew Walton
  • Danny Wyler
  • Lady Young of Graffham
People and Organization Committee

Chair

Ian Taylor

  • Dame Vivien Duffield
  • Lady Heywood
  • Julian Metherell
  • Munira Mirza
Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

Chair

Dame Vivien Duffield

Deputy Chair

Sir Simon Robey

  • Tim Bunting
  • Hamish Forsyth
  • Sir Simon Robertson
  • Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia
  • Peter Troughton CBE
Honorary Trustees
  • The Countess of Chichester
  • Dame Gail Ronson
Board of Honorary Directors

Chair

Ian Taylor

Honorary Vice Chair

The Countess of Chichester

Honorary Vice Chair

Dame Gail Ronson

  • Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten
  • Lady Ashcroft
  • Mikhail Bakhtiarov
  • Celia Blakey
  • BP International – Peter Mather
  • Tim and Sarah Bunting
  • Susan and John Burns
  • Ricki Gail Conway
  • Dr Genevieve Davies
  • Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis
  • Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE
  • Dame Vivien Duffield
  • Aline Foriel-Destezet
  • Hamish and Sophie Forsyth
  • Kenneth and Susan Green
  • Lady Hamlyn
  • Jane Hamlyn
  • Dr Catherine H.gel
  • Charles Holloway
  • Aud Jebsen
  • Doug and Ceri King
  • Frances Kirsh
  • Alfiya and Timur Kuanyshev
  • Lord and Lady Laidlaw
  • Rena and Sandro Lavery
  • Margarita Louis-Dreyfus and Phillipp Hildebrand
  • The Margulies Family
  • Bertrand and Elisabeth Meunier
  • Marit Mohn
  • OANDA Europe Limited – David Hodge
  • Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE
  • Stefan Sten Olsson
  • Jette and Alan Parker
  • Natalie Parker
  • Mrs Clarissa Pierburg
  • Melinda and Donald Quintin
  • Julia and Hans Rausing
  • Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber
  • Sir Simon and Lady Robertson
  • Rolex – Arnaud Boetsch
  • The Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation
  • Ruinart – Mr Bertrand Steip
  • Dame Theresa Sackler
  • Mrs Lily Safra
  • Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover
  • Kim Samuel
  • John Studzinski CBE
  • Ian and Tina Taylor
  • Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson
  • Van Cleef & Arpels – Geoffroy Medinger
  • Dr and Mrs Michael West
  • Anonymous (4)
ROH Pension Trustee Ltd

Chair

Richard Soper