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Our departing Chief Executive Alan Davey blogs for us for the last time.

Swallows and Amazons - Bristol Old Vic. Credit: Simon Annand

I’m told I have a last opportunity to say anything I want, to get it off my chest. To say the words I want to leave ringing in the air as I leave the Arts Council. 

Alan Davey on 19 Dec 2014

It is a generally accepted view among business leaders that cities and regions are drivers of economic growth more than nations and governments.

As Nigel Wilson, chief executive of Legal & General has observed: ‘The US doesn’t just have New York – San Francisco, LA, Boston and others are also premier league cities. In Germany, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich thrive alongside Berlin. We need the same in the UK.’

Alan Davey on 9 Oct 2014

It’s now been a week or so since we announced our decisions on National portfolio organisations and Major partner museums. We’ve had many reactions, as you’d imagine.

When you are making these kinds of announcements a press conference or in a blog, you have to think very quickly.

Reflecting on the process, and talking to people who’ve been on the receiving end of these decisions, I find myself wanting to share one or two thoughts I was unable to dwell on at the time. 

Alan Davey on 11 Jul 2014