The Sleeping Beauty. Garland waltz, Act I. The Royal Ballet. 2011. ©ROH/Johan Persson
The Sleeping Beauty. Garland waltz, Act I. The Royal Ballet. 2011. ©ROH/Johan Persson

Governors of the Royal Ballet Companies

In 1956 Queen Elizabeth II granted the then Sadler’s Wells Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet and Sadler’s Wells School a Royal Charter, and they became respectively The Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School. Under the Charter a body of Governors was set up whose ultimate duty it is to safeguard the future of the Company (now The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet) and School and to be the custodians of the traditions established by Dame Ninette de Valois in the formation of the Company and School in 1931.

Chair

Dame Sue Owen DCB

Vice-Chair

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE

  • Sir Matthew Bourne OBE
  • Anne Bulford OBE
  • Hilary S Carty BMA CCMI
  • Lady Deighton
  • Lady Heywood
  • Stephen Jefferies
  • Jeanetta Laurence OBE
  • Iain Mackay
  • Sir David Normington GCB
  • Derek Purnell
  • Luke Rittner CBE
  • Christopher Rodrigues CBE
  • Lindsay Tomlinson OBE

Honorary Secretary

Peter Wilson