Ruth Mackenzie is the Director of the Cultural Olympiad, London 2012.
Ruth joined the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic games in January 2010, following a spell as an expert adviser on broadcasting and cultural policy for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. She was seconded to the Department by the Manchester International Festival where she was appointed the first General Director in 2006.
Ruth was previously Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre from 2002-06, General Director, Scottish Opera 1997-99 and Executive Director, Nottingham Playhouse 1990-97. She has also worked on a consultancy basis for the Barbican Centre, Tate, BBC, London Symphony Orchestra and Young Vic and she was Head of Strategic Planning for the Southbank Centre 1986-90. She was special adviser to two Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith and Tessa Jowell 1999-2002. She has advised the Vienna Festival as a consultant dramaturg since 2007 and she is Visiting Professor for Cultural Leadership at the City University.
Ruth's career in theatre began in 1980, when she set up and directed Moving Parts Theatre Company and she was awarded an OBE for her services to the theatre in 1995.