Dame Sue Street Appointed as Rambert’s New Chair
Rambert, the UK’s leading contemporary dance company, has appointed Dame Sue Street as Chair of its Board following the announcement in October that Sir Howard Panter would be standing down.
Dame Sue Street has extensive experience in the leadership and governance of major public, private and not for profit organisations. As Permanent Secretary for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) she was instrumental in securing support for the winning bid for the London 2012 Olympic Games. She led DCMS through a momentous period including the renewal of the BBC charter, the rebuilding of Wembley stadium, and major events such as the Golden Jubilee and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She has served as a Board member of organisations ranging from HMRC and the Ministry of Justice to the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet Governors and as a strategic advisor to Deloitte.
Dame Sue Street:
‘I am honoured and delighted to be appointed Chair of Rambert, building on Sir Howard’s legacy. I bring to my new role a lifelong passion for access to excellence in the arts. With my fellow Board members, we look forward to supporting the talented executive and artistic leadership, and the dancers themselves, to forge Rambert‘s future at the leading edge of contemporary dance.’
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England:
‘Sue has a passion for dance, and an experience and understanding of the arts and its audiences. She is the perfect choice as Rambert moves onto its next chapter’
Sir Howard Panter:
‘I’m very proud of the exceptional period of growth that other stakeholders and I have been involved with during my period as Chair of Rambert. The building of Rambert’s new award-winning home on the South Bank will continue to provide the very best facilities for Rambert’s choreographers, dancers and other artists to create innovative world class dance. The evolution of the new leadership with Helen Shute as Chief Executive and Executive Producer and Benoit Swan Pouffer as Artistic Director, heralds an exciting new era, with much happening already that speaks to their vision. I’m delighted Dame Sue Street is taking over as Chair, she is an exceptional person, very accomplished, and I believe she will achieve great things for Rambert and I wish her a fruitful and happy time.’
Rambert Chief Executive / Executive Producer Helen Shute and Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer:
‘Sue has been at the forefront of some the most important cultural moments of our generation, and her leadership and experience will be invaluable to Rambert in this exciting new period for the company.’
Dame Sue takes up her position as Chair from 1st March and has appointed current Rambert trustee Christopher Barron OBE to the role of Deputy Chair. Christopher Barron’s extensive career in theatre and dance has seen him at the helm of major cultural institutions, as Chief Executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet (2005-2015) and Scottish Ballet (2000-2005) and in 2015 was awarded an OBE for Services to Arts Administration. This completes a new leadership team at Rambert following Benoit Swan Pouffer being appointed Rambert’s Artistic Director in December 2018 and Helen Shute as Chief Executive / Executive Producer in December 2016.
Forthcoming projects for Rambert include partnerships and collaborations with Manchester International Festival and the Royal Opera House as well as international partners including Brisbane Festival and Théâtre de la Ville – Paris. Rambert can be seen at Sadler’s Wells in May premiering a new creation by Marion Motin alongside the first major UK revivals of Wayne Mcgregor’s PreSentient and Hofesh Shechter’s In your rooms. This follows a two-week run in Paris presenting the Olivier Award-nominated Goat by Ben Duke. Rambert’s new ensemble Rambert2 continues its UK tour with its acclaimed triple bill of dance by Benoit Swan Pouffer, Sharon Eyal and Rafael Bonachela, as well as touring schools and other non-theatre spaces with Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyot.