Art Council's new head
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Wednesday 20 April 1994
Her appointment comes at a time when the Arts Council has suffered considerable criticism for its handling of many funding issues, most notably the future of the London orchestras and grant levels to bodies such as the Royal Opera House.
She brings an high level of first-hand experience of the performing arts as she was a West End actress before running the Watermans Arts Centre in west London. She said yesterday: 'I have seen the Arts Council from the outside and know what it needs to make it strong.'
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