Lord Lipsey of Tooting Bec has been appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
A Labour peer for the last twelve years, Lord Lipsey is Chair of the All Party Classical Music Group in parliament, which arranges discussions with parliamentarians on matters of concern to musicians and the music industry. He has had a wide range of experience as a regulator, company director and chairman; was deputy editor of two national newspapers, and was special adviser to the Rt Hon Jim Callaghan during his time as prime minister.
Lord Lipsey said he was "delighted" at his appointment:
"I take on the chair of Trinity Laban not without trepidation but with great excitement. It is a conservatoire that is looking to the future, and from the moment you step through the doors, both of the dance and music faculties, you sense a hugely vibrant institution. Here are teachers and staff absolutely committed to developing students' talent to its limits. Here are students determined to learn and to progress and to have fun while doing so. Alumni maintain a close relationship with Trinity Laban and pursue successful careers in the arts. And the admirable outreach work Trinity Laban does in local deprived communities is bringing music and dance to many who would not otherwise experience it.
"One of the great strengths of Trinity Laban is that combination of dance and music. These are not after all art forms in silos but are intimately related, and putting them together has huge potential for synergy.
"I want to pay tribute to Sir Bob Scott, my predecessor, and the whole board for the not inconsiderable feat of successfully merging two institutions into one. My wife Margaret has a particular interest in contemporary dance, while my focus has been on music, so I am hoping for synergy in the Lipsey family too."
Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, said the organisation would continue to grow in stature with Lord Lipsey at the helm:
"David brings a wealth of experience as a political adviser, Labour peer and senior journalist, as well as a lifelong interest in music.
"Higher education institutions such as Trinity Laban are facing funding challenges and it is crucial that we have champions such as David Lipsey to help us demonstrate to public and political audiences the enormous value we bring to students, to the economy and to local communities."
Lord Lipsey officially takes up his new post as Chairman of
Trinity Laban's Board in October 2012.
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