Caroline Thomson appointed as Executive Director / Farooq Chaudhry joins as Producer

We are delighted to announce today that Caroline Thomson has been appointed as Executive Director of English National Ballet. Caroline, who has been acting as interim Executive Director since May, takes on her new responsibilities with immediate effect.

Speaking of her new role, Caroline said: “Under the Artistic Direction of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has started an exciting journey of transformation and I am delighted to be able to play a part in leading it to success.”

Caroline Thomson, a former journalist and programme maker, has held a series of senior roles in broadcasting. She was Deputy Director-General of the BBC until September 2012.

Justin Bickle, Chair of English National Ballet’s Board, welcomed her appointment: “I am delighted that Caroline has agreed to join English National Ballet in a permanent capacity. She has had a long and distinguished career running creative organisations and will bring a wealth of experience to the role of Executive Director. I know that she will prove to be an inspiring leader.”

Caroline’s first act in her new role was to announce that Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of Akram Khan Dance Company, will be joining English National Ballet as Producer. In this new role Farooq will support the creative vision of Artistic Director Tamara Rojo and the Company and will develop the commercial potential of the Company’s productions both in the UK and overseas.

Farooq, who joins immediately, said: “English National Ballet has an energy and vision which excites me and reminds me of how Akram Khan and I started out. It offers me an opportunity to flex my producer muscles in new and different ways. When Tamara Rojo tells me with utmost conviction she wants to change the way ballet companies are run, I believe her. She is a visionary who sees things others don’t and I am thrilled by the challenge of working with this remarkable woman and her team and helping to make English National Ballet a ballet company for today and the future.”

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, said: “This is excellent news. In Caroline we welcome a leader of the highest credentials, in Farooq one of the most creative figures in the world of arts management.”

For further information about Caroline and Farooq, interview requests and images please read the full press release.