Executive Director North, Midlands and South West
Laura Dyer was appointed Executive Director for national strategy and the North, the Midlands and the South West in the recent organisation review. She joined the Arts Council in 2000 as part of the merger of the ten regional arts boards in her role as Chief Executive of East Midlands Arts Board. Until 2010 when she became Executive Director Midlands and South West she held the post of Executive Director, East Midlands.
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.