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RAD appoints a new National Director, Australia

18/03/2019

RAD appoints a new National Director, Australia
Rebecca Taylor succeeds Bronwyn Watkins who retires after 29 years this year.

We are pleased to introduce Rebecca Taylor who has been appointed as the new National Director for RAD Australia.

Taylor, who is currently Head of Strategy and Projects, Performing Arts at Sydney Opera House, will take up the new post on Monday17 June. She brings over 15 years’ experience in the performing arts, government and tertiary sectors where she has honed a wide range of strategic, business planning and leadership skills, as well as more hands-on project and event management roles.

Succeeding Bronwyn Watkins who is retiring this year after 29 years in the role as National Director of RAD Australia, Taylor will be responsible for the management and development of the RAD in Australia, ensuring the impact of its diverse work is felt across the national dance sector. This appointment comes at a key time for the RAD as we approach our centenary year in 2020, with celebrations triggered in here Australia by a January conference in Melbourne.

 Luke Rittner, Chief Executive said:

 “I am delighted that Rebecca Taylor has accepted our invitation to become National Director of RAD Australia.  Her extensive experience as a leading arts administrator in Australia makes her an ideal choice to lead the Royal Academy of Dance at an important time in our 100 year history.”

Taylor’s professional experience in dance started as a ballet and contemporary dancer in Australia, London and the USA, accompanied by experience of RAD teaching in Australia. In addition to her management roles at Sydney Opera House, Taylor is currently the Chair of Ausdance New South Wales.

Off her new appointment Rebecca Taylor said: "As one of the world’s leaders in dance education and training, the Royal Academy of Dance is synonymous with quality and excellence. Throughout my career, I have been committed to building engagement and participation with dance as an integral and valuable part of our culture, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join an organisation that represents the best in dance education. I look forward to working with the RAD staff, members and stakeholders and contribute towards the RAD’s continued development and growth in Australia."

We look forward to welcoming Rebecca in June.

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