Bath Festivals is delighted to announce the appointment of John Cullum as our new Chair. John takes over from Jane Drabble OBE who has stepped down after nearly 5 years.
John is involved with several other local charities and brings a strong business acumen as well as a wide range of contacts to Bath Festivals. He served as High Sheriff of Somerset 2011-12, is a trustee of the Quartet Social Community Foundation and is currently Chair of the Royal United Hospital‘s Forever Friends Appeal. John, who maintains several business interests including an involvement in his son Jamie Cullum’s music business, took early retirement after a successful career in the automotive industry to devote himself to the local voluntary and charity sector.
John Cullum says:
I feel very privileged to step into the role of Chairman of Bath Festivals with its long and prestigious history of delivering music and literature festivals. Despite a very challenging and uncertain funding environment for arts organisations, the team at Bath festivals has some exciting and innovative plans to build a wider popular artistic appeal and to secure financial sustainability. I look forward to supporting these plans and to building stronger and respected festivals worthy of our world heritage city.
Bath Festivals has also appointed two new Board members, to join its active and committed board:
David Bates is one of the most influential people in A & R in the music industry having engineered the success of artists as seminal, diverse and successful as Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, The Teardrop Explodes, Robert Plant, Was Not Was, Wet Wet Wet, Oleta Adams, Scott Walker, James and Texas. David moved to Bath a few years ago, and looks forward to bringing his knowledge and expertise to Bath Festivals.
Stephen Taylor has worked in organizational development and leadership for over thirty years. He has worked with organisations employing as few as one and as many as one million people – in public, private and voluntary sector and in twenty countries. He was Chief Executive of the Leadership Centre for Local Government, and has worked with the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office, Philips and Nestle among many others. Stephen lives in Bath and is an advisor to the Bath & NE Somerset Public Services Board.
Belinda Kidd, Chief Executive of Bath Festivals adds
I welcome John’s appointment and I am sure he will bring valuable skills and a new energy to our organization. He has been an immensely supportive board member since joining Bath Festivals in 2012 and we are delighted to welcome him as our new Chair. Stephen and David are also great additions to our board of trustees. Bath Festivals looks forward to working with them on the Bath International Music Festival, which will retain its core of excellent classical music, alongside jazz, folk, and popular music, and on both our high profile literature festivals. I would like to thank Jane for all that she has contributed to Bath Festivals, and wish her well for the future.