A project initiated by

Deborah Bull

Assistant Principal (London)
King's College London


Deborah Bull joined King’s College London in 2012 following a long and successful career in the arts, first as performer and, more recently, as creative leader and cultural commentator.

Deborah danced with The Royal Ballet from 1981 until 2001, performing leading roles throughout the classical and contemporary repertoire. In 2001, she joined the Royal Opera House Executive to devise and implement strategies for developing new art, new artists and new audiences, becoming Creative Director in 2008 and taking the lead on the organisation’s Olympic programming.

Over the last fifteen years, her work for television and radio includes the award winning The Dancer’s Body and Travels with my Tutu (BBC2) and, for BBC Radio 3 and 4, programmes on topics as diverse as dance, the law and ageing. She is the author of four books, with the most recent, The Everyday Dancer, published by Faber in 2011. Following her appearance at the Oxford Union in 1996 and a subsequent invitation to deliver the Annual Arts Council Lecture the same year, she has written and spoken on the arts across a wide range of media and in 1998 she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts. She has served on Arts Council England, as a Governor of the BBC, as a judge for the 2010 Booker Prize and is currently a member of the governing body of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

As Assistant Principal (London), Deborah leads on the development of the university’s external engagement profile within London, maximising the potential of King’s location in the heart of the city to create opportunities for King’s and the communities around them, benefitting the economy, reinforcing reputational brand and positioning the university as integral to London. She has overall responsibility for strategic interactions with London’s institutions, agencies and organisations, working across all areas of King’s, and specific responsibility for leading on the university’s collaborative activities and partnerships with the cultural sector.

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