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Advisory Board

Susannah Simons

Project Executive, BBC 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Portrait of Susannah Simons

Susannah Simons is Project Executive BBC 2012 Cultural Olympiad responsible for the BBC’s engagement with all the agencies developing UK wide cultural projects in the run up to the London games. She is also leading the development of the 2012 music strand for the BBC. Prior to taking on this role she was head of Public affairs and Outreach for BBC Radio and Music and in this capacity she was responsible for policy issues affecting BBC Radio and Music as well as the education and audience development work of all of the BBC’s Performing Groups. She is also been responsible for developing the new public value partnership between the BBC and Arts Council England.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she began her career as a studio manager in BBC radio in before becoming a presenter. She presented the Radio 4 PM programme for ten years, before leaving in 1987 to present Channel 4’s Business Daily. In 1992 she became the presenter of Answering Back on Channel 4 and at the same time became one of the founder members of the team that set up Classic FM. Whilst at Classic FM she presented Masters of their Art, as well as initiating the Music Teacher of the Year competition, Classic FM Families and the Yamaha Classic FM Music School, all initiatives designed to increase and broaden the audience for classical music. She was also Director of Communications of Classic FM’s parent company GWR until December 2002 when she returned to the BBC.

Susannah is on the board of Youth Dance England, the board of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and is a trustee of Beat – the eating disorders association. She is also an advisor to Artis, bringing performing artists into Primary Schools on along term basis. She has previously served as Chairman of the National Youth Dance Company, as a Governor of More House School and was on the advisory board of the Royal Ballet between 1998 and 2000.

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