The chair of Landsec, the FTSE-100 business property group, is on a shortlist of contenders to take the helm on the Royal Opera Home, certainly one of Britain’s most necessary cultural sector jobs.
Sky Information has learnt that Cressida Hogg, who’s getting ready to step down from the Landsec put up, is amongst a small variety of candidates being thought of to exchange David Ross, who stop final 12 months.
Ms Hogg is known to be vying with rivals together with Sir Lloyd Dorfman, the Travelex founder, who already sits on the ROH’s board of trustees.
The ROH kicked off a proper seek for its new chair in February, though Mr Ross, who additionally chairs the Nationwide Portrait Gallery, resigned from the Covent Backyard-based organisation practically 9 months previous to that.
Since Mr Ross’s departure, Sir Simon Robey, a Metropolis banker who beforehand chaired the ROH, has stepped again in as interim chairman.
Its trustees embrace outstanding figures comparable to Lord Browne, the previous BP chief government, and Girl Heywood, widow of the previous Cupboard secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood.
The pandemic compelled the ROH to hunt an emergency mortgage from the federal government’s Arts Restoration Fund to stay afloat.
It’s funded by an annual grant from Arts Council England in addition to from ticket gross sales and personal donations – an space the place Mr Ross and different board members have had observe information as prolific fundraisers.
In November 2020, Mr Ross stepped in to shore up the Opera Home’s funds by buying David Hockney’s portrait of the late Sir David Webster, the establishment’s former chief government.
Mr Ross paid a reported £12.8m, together with charges, for the portray, which he instantly loaned again to the ROH to proceed hanging there.
The ROH has been contacted for remark.