Jude Kelly, who was awarded an honorary degree from Goldsmiths in 2013, is artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution.
She was on the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Board, which oversaw a programme of over 500 cultural events to celebrate the Olympic year. She founded Battersea Arts Centre and Solent People’s Theatre, and was founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for services to theatre. She has directed more than 100 productions, and has been described as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK.