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 Post subject: A Place on the Board
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2002 5:26 am 
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<B>Board games</B><BR>These days it's not enough to have a fast car and a country retreat - the ultimate celebrity accessory is a place on the board of one of our great arts institutions. Here's how to win one says Vanessa Thorpe for The Observer<P><BR>'Might I have a quiet word in your ear? I wondered if you might consider... ' This is usually how it starts; the tentative preliminaries before the door creaks open and you are invited to enter an incestuous world of gala dinners, air kisses and warm champagne. And, once you have taken up a seat on the board of one of Britain's major arts or heritage institutions, there is no telling where it might lead, although, in all likelihood, it will simply lead straight to another seat on a board of governors or trustees. <P>The list of grandees, fixers and money-men at the top of our major cultural establishments is loaded with inter-relationships. There are husbands and wives, ex-husbands and ex-wives, children and business partners, along with a sober-minded smattering of refugees from scandal. And yet few of the thousands who regularly visit our national galleries, theatres and museums have any idea who sits on these boards, or what they do. For, while an executive head occasionally makes the news if debts mount up or the wrong kind of stone is used for a portico, the board has generally remained in the background. <P><A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,754755,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2002 12:58 pm 
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Is this Portillo's swan song?
by Joe Murphy, Evening Standard

Now, however, Mr Portillo suddenly finds himself at a career crossroads, which is forcing him to decide once and for all whether to cut his remaining ties to the political world to pursue the chance of one of the most prestigious posts in the arts: the chairmanship of the Royal Opera House.

Reports last weekend claimed the MP, who was proposed for the job by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell and thus by implication Tony Blair, had been ruled out by board members on the grounds that he would be too controversial a choice. One reason for him being blackballed, it was mooted, was lingering enmity over arts funding cuts during the Eighties, when he was regarded as Margaret Thatcher's favourite son.

The account was inaccurate in one respect, according to Covent Garden insiders. Although the Wagner-loving Mr Portillo would undoubtedly relish the job and is being encouraged by ROH executive director Tony Hall, he has so far refused to send in an application and, as a result, his name has not been formally considered.

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