Tony Hales CBE, Chair of the Greenwich Foundation and a board member of the Welsh National Opera, has been appointed Chair of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), taking over the role when Dame Colette Bowe ends her term in September 2018.
Speaking about the appointment, Michael Elliott, ABRSM Chief Executive said:
‘Tony is a champion of music and the arts with considerable commercial and non-executive experience. In his former role of Chair of the Canals and Rivers Trust, he led the organisation through its most transformative period yet. I’m thrilled that ABRSM will now benefit from his insight and guidance. Our excitement at Tony’s arrival is only tempered by sadness at Colette’s departure next year. We owe her a great debt of gratitude for her truly outstanding leadership and her intelligent championing of music education, the Royal Schools of Music and our ambitious change and good governance programmes.’
Tony Hales said:
‘I am delighted to have been appointed to succeed Dame Colette Bowe as Chair of ABRSM. This is an enormous honour, given the 128 year history of the organisation, its success in recent years and the crucial role that it plays in supporting musical progression and music education around the world.’
Over the next 12 months, Tony will work with Colette and the ABRSM board of trustees ahead of taking up the position in September 2018.