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David Ruebain

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama appoints David Ruebain as new Chief Executive

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is delighted to announce the appointment of David Ruebain as its new Chief Executive Officer.

David takes up the post of Chief Executive in October 2018. Until April 2018 he was Chief Executive of Equality Challenge Unit, a policy and research agency funded to advance equality & diversity in universities in the UK and colleges in Scotland (until it merged with LHFE and HEA to form Advance HE).  David practiced as a solicitor for 21 years; latterly as Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain and before that as a Partner at and founder of the department of Education, Equality and Disability Law at Levenes Solicitors.  David has been the Equality Adviser to the English FA Premier League, a Trustee of ADD (Action on Disability and Development), a member of the Rights & Justice Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust and a Fellow of the British American Project.

The Conservatoire’s Chair James Smith said of the appointment: “I’m delighted David is joining us. This is a time of great opportunity and change in higher education in the performing arts. David’s experience and ideas together with his approach to leadership will be of great benefit to us.

I’d like to thank Dr Nick Holland and the Shared Services team together with senior leadership in the Schools for the outstanding job they have done in the interim in providing leadership continuity.”

David Ruebain said: “The Conservatoire Schools are renowned for their specialist excellence in performing arts education and training. I’m delighted to be joining the Conservatoire at an exciting time in its development and look forward to working with colleagues across the organisation and sector.”



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