D6: Culture in Transit are delighted to welcome Ros Rigby, OBE, as the new Chair of the board.
D6: Culture in Transit are delighted to welcome Ros Rigby, OBE, as the new Chair of the board of directors. For 27 years D6 has been working with visual artists from around the world to capture and reveal the stories that unite us, through commissions, residencies and consultancy and we look forward to the wealth of knowledge Ros will bring to the team.
With the political landscape so uncertain, and the UK’s relationship with the rest of the world still unknown we shall continue, with Ros’s extensive experience, to draw on our network of friends and colleagues to safeguard and build our future: to promote the value of culture at political levels, and to amplify our voices so that our sector can be heard.
Ros has many years experience across the cultural sector both at home and abroad. She was the founding director, with musician Alistair Anderson, of Folkworks, for whose trailblazing work as producers, presenters and educators in folk and traditional music she was awarded the OBE. Folkworks, with Northern Sinfonia, was a founding partner of the music venue Sage Gateshead, where in 2001 Ros was appointed Performance Programme Director.
Ros joined the Board of the North-East Culture Partnership at its formation in 2013 going on to chair the Steering Group for the development of the Case for Culture for the North East of England, formally launched in July 2015. She was re-elected to the Board in 2017.
Ros was elected to the Board of Europe Jazz Network in 2011, a EU funded network of 140 festivals, clubs and national organisations working across 35 countries across Europe. She was elected as President in 2014 and re-elected for a second term in 2016. She joined the Board of the Jazz Promotion Network (for the UK and Ireland) in June 2018.
Closer to home in the North East, Ros is a board member of The Land of Oak and Iron raising the profile of the history and natural resources of the Derwent Valley, where she has lived for over 30 years.
Ros comments: “I am excited to be joining the Board of D6 at a key time for UK culture, when relationships across Europe and beyond are more important than ever. This company has always seen international work as very important alongside its commitment to the North East region and I hope I, with the rest of the Board, can help support the energetic D6 staff team to fulfil their ambitions in the coming years.”
Ros takes over from Stella Hall whose energy and ambition has guided D6 throughout her mandate, and to whom we express our heartfelt thanks.