Rosie Millard announced as the new Chief Executive of Children & the Arts

The Board of Children & the Arts today announced the appointment of journalist and broadcaster Rosie Millard as Chief Executive. She will take up her new role on 8 May 2018.

Rosie Millard OBE is a broadcast journalist, feature writer, columnist and author. She was the Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and a high-profile champion of the city. Her new appointment leads directly from her deep knowledge and expertise in delivering excellence in the arts and her in-depth understanding of the power of the arts in inspiring and changing the lives of young people. Rosie, as Chair of BBC Children in Need, a role which she assumed in March this year, has a strong commitment to work with disadvantaged children and young people.  

Rosie Millard was the BBC's Arts Correspondent for a decade and became a familiar face reporting on arts, culture and showbiz across the network on radio and television. She still works for the BBC and appears on Radio Four, Five Live, Newsnight and other BBC News programmes, as well as Sky News, as an expert on culture and lifestyle. She is a Brownie leader, marathon runner and mother to four children.

Rosie Millard said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be taking on this role, Children & the Arts is an incredible organisation. The arts across the UK are a treasured and vital asset to the nation and it is critical that all children and young people have access to them. Access and diversity in audiences are precious qualities and it will be my ambition for Children & the Arts to help achieve both. Great art inspires, illuminates and strengthens lives and experiencing it ought to be part of every child's world. I cannot wait to start working with the Children & the Arts team.”

Chairman of the Trustees, Hussam Otaibi, said: “I am delighted about on the appointment of Rosie Millard who brings such a wealth of experience as a result of her impressive career and broadcasting background with the BBC and more recently with  Hull, UK City of Culture. Rosie will build on the past achievements of the charity and bring a new perspective to the organisation. She will lead a dynamic team to foster, develop and encourage young children from all backgrounds to find ways of expressing themselves through the arts. CATA staff and Trustees are all very much looking forward to working with her and we are thrilled to have made the appointment.”  

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