Southbank Centre's Chief Executive at Future Cities Forum


The Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, Elaine Bedell, will be speaking at Future Cities Forum's cultural regeneration event on 8th April at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.

Elaine was appointed in 2017 and is the first woman Chief Executive of Europe's largest arts centre in its 66 year history. Her appointment alongside Susan Gilchrist as Chair, means that the Southbank Centre is unique among the UK's leading cultural institutions in having an all female leadership team.

Southbank Centre is the UK's largest arts centre, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

Speaking last year at her appointment, Elaine remembered attending the Ernest Read concerts at the Royal Festival Hall as a schoolchild and later as an adu