Hay Festival has appointed Caroline Michel, c.e.o. of literary and talent agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop, as its new board chair. She succeeds Revel Guest.
Michel will take on her new role at October’s board meeting when Lord Terence Burns, chair of Santander, Channel 4 and The Royal Academy of Music, becomes vice-chair of the festival.
Michel said: “Under the astute and brilliant direction of chair Revel Guest and director Peter Florence, Hay Festival has become one of the pre-eminent Arts Festivals in the world. Terence Burns and I are delighted and excited to be building on the innovative work and ambition for Hay Festival established so successfully over the last 28 years.
“Hay has developed an extraordinary capacity for introducing the breaking stars of the book world and academia to a wider readership and we will continue to build on our key book trade partnerships to leverage Hay’s impact in the UK even more. We are working with writers to develop new ways of deepening the relationship with readers and reimagining the festival experience. We want to strengthen these capabilities, while pursuing new adventures and ambitions.”
Stephen Fry will continue in the role of Hay Festival President.