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Information about our Midlands Area Council and its members.

Peter Phillips : Chair

Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips is Chairman of Arts Council England Midlands. He comes from a business background and currently works as an independent advisor to private industry and the not for profit sector on corporate strategy and restructuring, both in the West Midlands and the south east.

Peter has been active in music, the performing arts, and arts festivals in the West Midlands and Wales. He joined the board of the then City of Birmingham Touring Opera in 1994. In 1999 he became Chair of the successor organisation Birmingham Opera Company, supporting the founder and artistic director Graham Vick in establishing the ground-breaking programme of award-winning, site-specific opera productions. He has recently retired from this role.

Peter was previously a long-serving board member of Welsh National Opera and also chaired their commercial subsidiary Cardiff Theatrical Services, which produces sets for the major UK and international opera houses as well as for commercial theatre. He is a member of the British Film Institute.

Peter is also active in a non-executive capacity with community health (NED of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust) and with social housing (non-executive committee member of Southern Housing Group).

Council members