Arts Council England new chief executive named

Darren Henley, Arts Council England new chief executive

Darren Henley, who has been head of Classic FM for the last 15 years, has been named as the new chief executive of Arts Council England (ACE), The Guardian reports. He will replace Alan Davey, who left the post, after 7 years, to become controller of BBC Radio and who steered the organisation through difficult times, including the implementation of a 50% cut in administration costs and the loss of at third of ACE's government funding.

Henley is reported as saying, “Alan Davey leaves quite a legacy. He made sure that the Arts Council enabled great work to happen. I want to build on that by working with our national chair and the chairs of our area councils to champion the importance of art and culture in so many aspects of our lives – personal, social and economic."

17 December 2014