Our first keynote of the day is from Vikki Heywood followed by a Q&A session. More information coming soon...
Vikki Heywood is a seasoned pro when it comes to her experience in the arts. After her time as Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vikki has taken on the Chairmanship of the RSA, The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, Mountview Drama Academy and the five-year First World War Centenary Arts Commissioning Programme, “14-18 Now”. If that wasn’t enough, Vikki was also appointed for a second three-year term as RSA Chair at the AGM in October, the first time ever that the Chair has been invited to remain in the position.
Before her time at the RSC, Vikki was Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre, one the country’s foremost theatres for the development of new writing. At both the RSC and Royal Court, Vikki was responsible for their two multi-million pound capital projects, which transformed two iconic theatre buildings in London and Stratford Upon Avon.
Previously, Vikki has also been a board member of the Society of London Theatre, The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and served as a member of Warwick University Council and several other theatre boards.
In December 2009, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham, becoming a Doctor of Letters and in 2012 she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in for services to theatre.