Barbican boss for Uni of Arts

The University of the Arts London has appointed former BBC broadcaster and journalist Sir John Tusa as its chairman. He will take up the position in the autumn.

Tusa replaces former BBC Television managing director Will Wyatt, who is retiring after eight years in the role. Tusa will be responsible for governance and overseeing the management team, as well as acting as an ambassador for the institution.

‘Sir John comes with a track record of successes in the arts and communication, two areas that are at the heart of everything we do,’ says Michael Bichard, rector of the university.

Tusa is currently managing director of the Barbican in London. He was appointed to the role in 1995 and is credited with overhauling the venue’s visual and performing arts programme. He has also been a board member of the English National Opera and a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.

The University of the Arts London consists of six colleges, including the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and London College of Communication.

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