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Lloyd Dorfman appointed Royal Opera House Chair

Sir Lloyd will lead the Board as the Royal Opera House navigates the after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the UK’s creative industries

Taking up his new role as Chair of the Royal Opera House in July, Sir Lloyd Dorfman will help to ensure future funding and to maintain the ROH’s central position at the heart of the UK’s cultural landscape.

He will continue to drive forward the Royal Opera House’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and staging world-class performances and will ensure that children and young people across the country have access to our programmes for free.

Sir Lloyd has been Chairman of Doddle since 2014, and in addition is Chairman of Dorfman Media Holdings, Trustee of BAFTA and Trustee of the Royal Academy Trust, Deputy Chairman of the Community Security Trust, and Trustee of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. He founded the Travelex Group, the world’s largest retailer of foreign exchange, in 1976 and sold the company in 2015. He was Chair of Prince’s Trust International from 2015 to 2021, and of the Prince’s Trust from 2015 to 2018.

He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2022 Birthday Honours for chairing Prince’s Trust International.

Sir Lloyd Dorfman said, ‘I am delighted to accept this position as Chair of one of the world’s best-loved and most-visited theatres in the heart of London’s West End.

‘As a passionate and long-standing supporter of the arts, I look forward to continuing the fantastic work of my predecessors, ensuring that the Royal Opera House continues to engage with new and diverse audiences in its beautiful Covent Garden home, in cinemas up and down the UK, through new digital channels, or through any one of its dedicated learning and participation programmes that have seen dance and singing embedded in schools the length and breadth of the country.’

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said: ‘Lloyd is a true champion of the arts, with an outstanding commitment to the public good, not least through his work with the Prince’s Trust. I very much look forward to continuing our work together as he leads the Board, helping us to navigate the challenges ahead and unlock the many opportunities of the future.’