Catherine Mallyon was appointed as Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012. She is a Governor of the Company and a member of its Board.

She is currently a Board member of the National Council, the non-executive Board for Arts Council England, and of the Society of London Theatres (SOLT).

Catherine was previously Deputy Chief Executive of Southbank Centre, the largest single-run arts centre in the world. She led all Southbank Centre operational activity from 2005 and her major projects in that time included reopening Royal Festival Hall after refurbishment in 2007 and the renewal of Hayward Gallery in 2010.

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Catherine Mallyon
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In her earlier career in arts management, Catherine was General Manager of Arts and Theatres at Reading Borough Council. There she managed all theatre and arts operations, programmed drama and classical music for the Hexagon and Concert Hall, and co-produced the WOMAD festival.

Prior to that, she was General Manager at Oxford Playhouse, including the Burton Taylor Studio Theatre.

Catherine trained in general arts administration on Arts Council England's bursary programme, after five years in the City as a trader and analyst.

From time to time Catherine plays violin with the Oxford Sinfonia.

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