Former Lord Mayor of the City of London Sir David Wootton has been officially named as the new Northern Ballet chairman. Born in Bradford, Wootton has been for his long term support of community, cultural, and charitable activities. He served as Lord Mayor from November 2011 to November 2012 and will certainly help bring a new direction to the ballet.
Per his role as the chairman Sir David will also become the senior ambassador of the Northern Ballet and will be responsible for overseeing the company’s strategic direction in the future as well as the company’s policy.
Mark Skipper, the chief executive for Northern Ballet, stated that he is delighted that they have been able to find someone as great as Sir David throughout their search for a chair especially given the fact that this is such a critical time for the arts in general. He added that Sir David has many exceptional qualities that they are happy he will bring to the role now that he has accepted.
Skipper added that they are very happy to work with him as they make sure together that Northern Ballet continues to be a great powerhouse where inventive dance is encouraged.
The company is scheduled to create two full length ballets over the course of 2013. In March the company will be hard at work on The Great Gatsby and in December the company will be working on Cinderella. In addition, they are also going to offer a mixed programme of short ballets that will be performed at their Leeds centre for dance.
Sir David stated that he is ecstatic to have been appointed chair of Northern Ballet and he is looking forward to helping develop the ballet troupe at a regional, national, and international level throughout his time working with them. He is also a Music Patron of St. Paul’s Cathedral, chair of the Trustees at the Charles Dickens Museum, and governor of several educational institutions.