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April 6th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

Southbank Centre Appoints new Chief Executive

Elaine Bedell, former Director of Entertainment and Comedy at ITV and Controller of Entertainment at the BBC, has been appointed Chief Executive of Southbank Centre.

Elaine’s appointment, alongside Susan Gilchrist as Chair and Jude Kelly as Artistic Director, means that Southbank Centre is unique among the UK’s leading cultural institutions in having an all-female leadership team.

Elaine will be the first woman Chief Executive of Europe’s largest arts centre in its 66-year history and will take up the post in May, succeeding Alan Bishop who announced his retirement from the role in November.

In her roles at ITV and the BBC, Elaine has commissioned and produced some of the UK’s most popular entertainment and comedy titles, becoming a BBC producer at the age of just 23. Elaine has made talk shows and documentaries for Radio 4 and eventually, a wide range of entertainment shows for television.

Having set up her own production company, Watchmaker, which she later sold to the Chrysalis Group, becoming Managing Director of the newly merged company, Elaine then set up the commercial arm of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before returning to the BBC.

Elaine has most recently been Director of Entertainment and Comedy at ITV where, over the past seven years, she commissioned and managed some of the most successful programmes on television. Elaine was Executive Chair of the Edinburgh International TV Festival for four years and was appointed a Trustee for the V&A Museum by the Prime Minister last year.

For more information on this exciting new appointment and what it means for the Southbank Centre, click here.