Area Executive Director, Midlands and South West
Laura Dyer was appointed as Chief Executive of East Midlands Arts Board in 2000. After the merger of the Arts Council of England and the 10 Regional Art Boards she held the post of Executive Director, East Midlands and in 2010 was appointed to her current post as Executive Director Midlands and South West.
During her time in the East Midlands Laura led a capital development programme which transformed the region’s cultural landscape. Over £130 million has been invested in the creation of six new arts and cultural facilities. As a member of the Executive Board she has also taken on a number of national roles, including acting as lead for human resources for four years.
After postgraduate studies at Essex University Laura started her career in the arts in a number of theatre and community arts companies before moving into large outdoor events programming at the Garden Festival Wales. She went on to work for local authorities, firstly as an Arts Development Officer in Norfolk where she led the redevelopment of King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, one of the first Lottery funded buildings in the East. Later, as Head of Arts in Croydon, she managed the Croydon Clocktower and established the Croydon Summer Festival.