The University of the Arts London has appointed international lawyer Nigel Carrington as its new Rector.
He will succeed Sir Michael Bichard, the Design Council’s new chairman, who leaves the university in August after seven years.
Carrington, whose appointment will come as a surprise to some given his background, will work alongside the university’s chairman, Sir John Tusa, to lead the next phase of its estate development plans.
These include the relocation of Central St Martins College of Art and Design to a new £165m site at King’s Cross, increasing partnerships with the creative industries, and strengthening the university’s international standing.
Tusa says, ‘[Carrington’s] strategic skills, multicultural perspective and personal commitment to the arts will be especially valued as we take on the great opportunities facing the University.’
Carrington has previously held legal roles within US lawyer Baker & McKenzie – as managing partner of its London office, and as chairman of its European and Middle East regional council.
He joined the McLaren Group as managing director in 2000, and was subsequently deputy chairman between 2005 and 2007.
He currently holds positions in the public, private and charitable sectors, including chairman of The English Concert and trustee of Independent Opera.
He is also a non-executive director of UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and of Hornby.
Carrington studied law at St John’s College, Oxford, and has recently completed a graduate diploma in history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.