Julian Bird has been Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and Theatrical Management Association since November 2010. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer for Tate leading the day-to-day operations of the Tate group. Before moving to work in the arts, Julian spent 9 years at the Financial Services Authority, joining upon its inception. Before the FSA, Julian worked at the Bank of England, and also worked in various arts and entertainment companies.
Julian is involved in several other arts-related charities. He is one of the trustees of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, and the Southwold & Aldeburgh Theatre Trust. He is also a trustee of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea. He will sit as an independent commissioner on the upcoming West End Commission.
In his role, Julian acts as executive producer for the annual Olivier Awards, held each April, to celebrate the past year’s theatre in London.