The chair of Landsec, the FTSE-100 business assets workforce, is on a shortlist of contenders to take the helm on the Royal Opera Space, considered one of Britain’s maximum necessary cultural sector jobs.
Sky Information has learnt that Cressida Hogg, who’s making ready to step down from the Landsec publish, is amongst a small choice of applicants being thought to be to exchange David Ross, who surrender remaining 12 months.
Ms Hogg is known to be vying with opponents together with Sir Lloyd Dorfman, the Travelex founder, who already sits at the ROH’s board of trustees.
The ROH kicked off a proper seek for its new chair in February, despite the fact that Mr Ross, who additionally chairs the Nationwide Portrait Gallery, resigned from the Covent Lawn-based organisation just about 9 months previous to that.
Since Mr Ross’s departure, Sir Simon Robey, a Town banker who in the past chaired the ROH, has stepped again in as meantime chairman.
Its trustees come with distinguished figures reminiscent of Lord Browne, the previous BP leader govt, and Girl Heywood, widow of the previous Cupboard secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood.
The pandemic pressured the ROH to hunt an emergency mortgage from the federal government’s Arts Restoration Fund to stay afloat.
It’s funded by way of an annual grant from Arts Council England in addition to from price tag gross sales and personal donations – a space the place Mr Ross and different board participants have had observe information as prolific fundraisers.
In November 2020, Mr Ross stepped in to shore up the Opera Space’s funds by way of buying David Hockney’s portrait of the past due Sir David Webster, the establishment’s former leader govt.
Mr Ross paid a reported £12.8m, together with charges, for the portray, which he straight away loaned again to the ROH to proceed placing there.
The ROH has been contacted for remark.