We are delighted to announce that Andrea Stark FRSA has been appointed as the Director of Foundation for FutureLondon.

Andrea has an outstanding track record in the arts, cultural and regeneration sectors. As Chief Executive of High House Production Park, she led efforts to convert a fourteen acre derelict site on the Thames Estuary into a centre of excellence for creative industries and education. Previously, Andrea held senior roles in the sector, which include Executive Director at Arts Council England, Chief Executive of East England Arts and Chief Officer of Arts and Culture, Dundee City Council.

Andrea Stark said: “I am thrilled to join Foundation for FutureLondon. I look forward to working with east London’s thriving arts and culture community and the outstanding group of institutions locating to Olympicopolis. I’ve no doubt that together we will bring this dream to life.”

Sir William Castell, Chairman, Foundation for FutureLondon, said: “I am delighted that Andrea is joining Foundation for FutureLondon at such an exciting time. She comes with huge experience and influence, which will be crucial in taking forward our work on Olympicopolis, east London’s new cultural and education district, for the benefit of all east Londoners.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “Olympicopolis is a flagship project and an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people living around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through cultural activity, access to education facilities and job opportunities. It is a key part of the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and there’s no doubt Andrea Stark has the breadth of experience to drive the vision forward.”

Alex Beard, CEO, Royal Opera House and Chair of High House Production Park, said: “Andrea has led the most remarkable transformation at High House Production Park, creating a world-leading centre for the creative industries in what was one of the most deprived areas of the UK in the Thames Gateway at Purfleet. Her vision, drive and determination have been instrumental in forging a wonderful partnership between Thurrock Borough Council, the Royal Opera House, Creative and Cultural Skills and Acme Studios. She will be greatly missed, but leaves a strong and growing legacy for her successor to build upon.”

Andrea will take up her new role from June 2016.