Andrea Stark

Andrea Stark joined the Board of Governors in March 2023. Andrea serves as the Chair of the Renumeration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

Andrea Stark has held senior roles in the creative industries sector, national funding bodies and local government in Scotland, English regions and London. She has led large-scale strategic partnerships between creative and cultural enterprises, educational institutions and governmental bodies to place creativity, skills and job creation at the heart of local regeneration.

Andrea devised a partnership that saw the Royal Opera House move its set building and costume-making workshops out of London, to form a new centre for education and vocational training in creative production, transforming a 14-acre derelict site in the Thames Gateway regeneration area. She initiated Arts Council England’s first national apprenticeship programme to open up progression routes into the cultural sector, and also established a new regional Creative Industries Business Leaders Network, which successfully shaped regional economic strategy, attracting investment to grow the creative economy in locations across East and South East England.

Andrea recently retired from her role as Director of Employment, Skills and Culture with the London Borough of Islington to focus on advisory and non-executive roles. She is a board member of Creative UK, Chair of The Culture Trust, Luton and Chair of Metal Culture.

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