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Alan Davey CBE

Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors Alan Davey CBE


Alan Davey CBE is Controller, BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms and BBC Orchestras and Choirs and Social Mobility Champion for BBC. From 2008-2014, he was Chief Executive Officer at Arts Council England. This followed an extensive career in the Civil Service, where his roles included Head of Arts Division and Director of Arts and Culture at the DCMS, secretary of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, and Head of European Business at the Medicines Control Agency.

Public positions past and present include Vice Chair, English Folk Dance and Song Society (2017–); Board Member Hall for Cornwall (2018-); Council Member & member of Audit Committee, University of Birmingham (2014–); Chair RPS Awards Festivals and Concert Series Panel (2010–2014); Chair, International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) (2009 – 2014); Member, Cultural Olympiad Board (2010 – 2013); Member, Creative Industries Council (2011 – 2015); Member,  Access to Professions working group/ forum (2011 – 2014).

Davey has a BA (Hons) from the University of Birmingham, an M.Litt from Merton College Oxford and MA from Birkbeck College London. He was a 1998 Fulbright Fellow at the University of Maryland. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and the University of Teesside.

In the 2015 New Year Honours, Davey was awarded a CBE for services to the Arts.

Alan took the position of Chair of Governors at Trinity Laban on 2 July 2020.