That Mary Allen, our chief executive since September, should be so vilified in today's select committee report scorns the efforts and achievements of the entire organisation during this difficult period of transition. Under Ms Allen's leadership, we are facing up to our problems, restructuring management and financial systems, and developing economically viable artistic plan that will enable us to return to Covent Garden with a programme that does justice to our redeveloped theatre.
That our development continues on time and on budget, while our fundraising has been more successful than any other comparable capital campaign, demonstrates the commitment of very many people to achieving our goals. We will do this best through our own endeavours, by strong management and leadership. We could have no better champion of our cause than Ms Allen, who has our unreserved support.
Sir ANTHONY DOWELL
Director of the Royal Ballet
Director of Sales and Marketing
Director of Finance
Director of Personnel
Director of the Royal Opera
Director of the Friends of Covent Garden
Administrative Director of the Royal Ballet
MALCOLM WARNE HOLLAND
Royal Opera House