ENO Chief Executive to step down in June 2018

English National Opera chief executive Cressida Pollock, is stepping down in June next year after three years in charge.

Cressida Pollock joined ENO in March 2015 as interim CEO, after the opera company lost its Arts Council funding a month before. Her task was to make the troubled ENO financially stable – a task which was completed in June this year when ENO was readmitted to ACE’s National Portfolio.

In a statement Pollock said, “This commitment of four years of ACE funding means that the company is now better placed to continue to bring world-class opera to the widest possible audience whilst also increasing investment in its ENO Baylis (ENO’s learning and participation programme) and talent development schemes.”

She added, “ I will be greatly saddened to leave this incredible institution, which it has been a privilege to lead. I am very proud of our achievements to date and am grateful to the extraordinary people I work alongside. When I arrived, the ENO was in crisis and the company's survival was in real doubt. I am delighted that we have brought stability and secured ENO's future. My successor will be able to focus on ensuring that the ENO continues to produce award-winning work at the heart of the UK opera scene.”

Dr Harry Brunjes, Chairman of ENO, paid tribute to the retiring chief executive, saying, “Cressida has turned around our fortunes to deliver financial security, while keeping us on a solid creative footing. Cressida has led the ENO back into the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and brought together a leadership team who the Board are confident can continue to help ENO thrive and develop. On behalf of the Board it has been a pleasure to observe her courage and positivity in the face of ENO's immense challenges. We will be sorry to lose her energy and determination to achieve success when she steps down next June.”

Prior to joining ENO, Pollock worked at McKinsey & Company. Her previous experience includes investment research and analysis at Somerset Capital Management, an emerging markets investment fund and had spells at Shelter, the housing NGO, and as an adviser at the Zambian Ministry of Health.

ENO will begin the process of appointing a new Chief Executive Officer later this month.

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