Former Evening Standard editor wins London arts chair

Posted on: June 11, 2010

In Thursday’s (6/10) Guardian (London), Vanessa Thorpe reports, “Boris Johnson has announced that Veronica Wadley is to be the next London chair at Arts Council England. The appointment has been approved by the new secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport at the end of one of the most hotly contested arts administration tussles in recent times. Johnson, the mayor of London, said: ‘Veronica Wadley is a hugely accomplished woman who has a proven passion for London and its unrivalled arts and culture. She will bring energy, drive and ambition to this vital sector. I am delighted that she has agreed to accept the challenge.’ … Wadley, the former editor of London’s Evening Standard, initially applied for the job two years ago but was denied when former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw refused to rubber-stamp her selection due to allegations the appointment process had not complied with Nolan rules on transparency.”

Posted June 11, 2010