Just in: Covent Garden media chief quits

Just in: Covent Garden media chief quits


norman lebrecht

November 07, 2016

Chris Millard is leaving after 16 years, and a certain amount of internal executive reshuffling. Monday’s always the best day to submit one’s resignation. Gets the week off to the right start.

Here’s his farewell note:


Dear Colleagues

I am in the unusual position of having to make an announcement about myself for once.  I am delighted to have been offered a new position at the Royal College of Art as their first ever Director of Marketing and Communications. The RCA has ambitious plans for both a physical and academic expansion over the next five years and, operating  in the challenging international environment all of us in the creative and cultural  industries find ourselves, they were searching for somebody to assist them in realising these plans, and I am delighted to say they found me.

I start at the RCA in mid-January, and  will finish here after the opening of Der Rosenkavalier on Saturday 17 December.

A big thank you to all  for making the sixteen years here a truly rewarding  experience, and special thanks to the press & communications team here, especially Elizabeth Bell, Hywel David, Ann Richards and Ashley Woodfield who await your calls, emails and texts as normal.

I hope very much our paths will continue to cross in the future.


All best wishes



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  • Geoff says:

    So, nothing to do with the recent ROH appointment of Lucy Sinclair then?

  • Una says:

    Nice man, wish him well in a new job after 16 years. Not many stay anywhere for 5 years these days, never mind about 16, not even Trump or Clinton!!