Michael Elliott was appointed Chair of the Board of
Governors in November 2009.
Michael was the Director of Culture at the Department of
Culture, Media and Sport from 2008 until 2011 and has recently
taken up the post of Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish National
As Director of Culture, he advised Ministers of the current and
the previous UK governments on cultural policy and developed
the Department's relations with the arts, heritage and cultural
From 2001 to 2008, Michael held the post of the Chief Executive
of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, including the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and led the
consortium of major arts organisations, which made a significant
contribution to the City's successful year as European Capital of
Culture and its legacy.
In 2006, he was seconded part-time from his post at the Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic to act as Associate Cultural Director of the
Liverpool Culture Company, and assist with the planning of the
cultural programme for 2008.
In the 1990s, Michael served as Chief Executive of the West
Midlands Arts Board and subsequently, of the Heart of England
Tourist Board, and led the chief officer groups of the regional
agencies in both sectors in their negotiations with national
government and agencies. He previously held a number of senior
management, policy and research roles in arts funding and
development, higher education and the European Parliament.
He is currently Chairman of the University of Wolverhampton
Governing Body and has previously held a variety of voluntary posts
in the arts and education, including Chairman of the Belgrade
Theatre (Coventry) Trust, Vice Chairman of the Sheffield Crucible
Theatre Trust, and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the
Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
In November 2011, Michael received an honorary Doctorate of the
University from Sheffield Hallam University for his contribution to
the arts, culture and public service.
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