Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has awarded Honorary Companionships to the Rt Hon Dame Joan Ruddock DBE MP and Michael Hildesley for their exceptional service to the institution, following their retirement from the Board earlier in 2014.
This prestigious award is the highest honour that Trinity Laban can bestow, and is only awarded on an occasional basis.
The Rt Hon Dame Joan Ruddock has served as a Governor of Laban, and then Trinity Laban, for over ten years. Drawing upon her political expertise and knowledge of the area as the local MP for Lewisham, and her profile as a figure of national prominence, Joan has been a powerful and sustained advocate for Trinity Laban. She was at the heart of the organisation's success in securing the Creekside site at Deptford and in achieving the £12m lottery bid for the construction of the RIBA Stirling Prize winning Laban Building, one of the largest purpose built dance schools in the UK.
In addition to serving as a Governor since 2001, Mike Hildesley played a pivotal role in the achievement of the merger of Trinity College of Music and Laban and in securing the World Heritage site in Greenwich. His financial and business expertise, as well as his understanding of governance, have been key to achieving success in a number of major strategic developments over the past decade. Working with our local communities, Mike has helped to bring new life to Blackheath Halls both as a board member and as Chair from 2007 to 2013.
Chair of the Trinity Laban Board of Governors, Lord Lipsey, said: "Joan and Mike have been two very remarkable governors. It is literally impossible to see how the flourishing Trinity Laban conservatoire of today would have happened without their devoted services."
Joan and Mike join Sir Walter Bodmer FRS, Matthew Bourne OBE, Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Sir Robert Scott and Paul Strang as Trinity Laban Honorary Companions. Presentation of the awards will take place later this year.