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Opera North welcomes three new board members


Opera North Chair Paul Lee has announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees, Henrietta Jowitt, Liza Kellett, and Rosie Millard OBE. They bring expertise from the arts, corporate and charity sectors to the Company as it looks to continue its innovative work on stage and in the wider community.

Paul Lee, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Opera North, comments:

I am delighted to welcome three such experienced and successful people to the Board of Opera North; their willingness to join us is a great encouragement and a huge endorsement of the work of the Company, which goes from strength to strength.

Henrietta Jowitt is Deputy Director General at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), where she is responsible for leading the commercial growth of the business. She has held a number of senior executive roles in business strategy, marketing, business development and investor relations within international blue-chip firms, including Schroders plc and Advent International.

Henrietta has an MA in Natural Sciences from Oxford University. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an FCA approved Non-Executive Director. She is a Non-Executive Director of Newton Investment Management. She has four children, lives in Yorkshire and London, and has always been passionate about music.

Henrietta Jowitt comments:

It is a huge privilege to have been invited to join the Opera North Board. I am really looking forward to supporting the team to help them develop their strategy and continue to deliver fantastic and innovative work, but also to develop further their valuable musical outreach programme within their local communities.

Liza Kellett is a charity director with a background in the arts and charity sectors. She was the first Chief Executive of Emmaus Leeds, and led fundraising to set up the social enterprise, which provides a home and support to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. She is former Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales, and she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Cardiff Metropolitan University for her work in promoting philanthropy. 

Following a degree in languages at the University of Leeds and jobs in the media and public relations, Liza spent almost six years as Head of Development at West Yorkshire Playhouse. She is an experienced trustee, and has served on the boards of three arts organisations.

Liza Kellett comments:

I’m thrilled to be joining the Board of Opera North, a company whose commitment to sharing its excellence is felt at so many levels, from its immediate community to the global stage.

Rosie Millard OBE is Deputy Chief Executive of The Creative Industries Federation, the national organisation representing the UK’s creative industries, cultural education and arts, and Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Rosie is a journalist, author and a former BBC arts correspondent, she has written non-fiction books as well as a couple of novels. She is a graduate of the University of Hull, London College of Communication and the Courtauld Institute and has been a trustee of the Carnegie (UK) Foundation, Home Live Art and Modern Art Oxford. She is a mother-of-four and likes running marathons.

Rosie Millard comments:

I am delighted to join the Board of Trustees at Opera North, whose sparkling productions across the UK and inspired work in the Yorkshire community I have witnessed and enjoyed enormously. Opera is for everyone and very importantly, Opera North practises what it tunefully preaches.

Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North, comments:

There could no better time than now to welcome three new Trustees to Opera North Board which plays a vital role in the life and governance of the opera company. Speaking on behalf of the executive team I can say how important our Trustees are in terms of check and challenge, advocacy and support of our work. 

We are the largest arts organisation permanently based outside of London, and we are committed to creating extraordinary experiences every day, inspired by opera and music, for people of all ages and backgrounds across the north and beyond. We are in strong artistic and financial shape and face continuing challenges with optimism. Henrietta, Liza and Rosie will undoubtedly bring fresh vitality, new perspectives and inspiration to Opera North.


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