Penguin Random House UK chair Gail Rebuck is to be the new chair and pro-provost of Council at the Royal College of Art, it was announced today (Wednesday 8th October).
Rebuck, who was appointed for a term of four years, will succeed current Chair Sir Neil Cossons, who will retire at the end of February 2015. Her appointment is effective March, 2015.
Dr Paul Thompson, rector of the Royal College of Art, said: “Gail is well known for her leadership skills and her belief in the transformative powers of education. She will be a formidable advocate for the RCA and all of its values.”
Sir James Dyson, provost of the Royal College of Art, added: “Gail is a champion for Britain’s creative industries. I’m sure her contribution will have a significant influence on the RCA and its students.”
Commenting on her appointment, Rebuck said: “Art and design education is a cornerstone of the creative industries, which is why I am really looking forward to my new role as chair of Council with the College I know and love. This is an exciting time for art and design in the UK, and the RCA both leads and inspires – at all levels.”
Rebuck was appointed as a Labour Peer to the House of Lords earlier this year.