Chief Executive celebrates 30 years at Northern Ballet

Press release date 
Thu 16 Nov 2017

Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive, Mark Skipper DL, has just marked his 30th anniversary at the Leeds-based company. The longest serving Chief Executive of any British ballet company, Skipper has served alongside three Artistic Directors to guide Northern Ballet to become the internationally renowned and successful company it is today.

Brighton-born Mark Skipper originally joined Northern Ballet on 16 November 1987 after previously working in the financial industry for Barclays. An interest in amateur theatre led Skipper to become involved with several local theatres including the King’s Theatre in Southsea where he first came across Northern Ballet who had a vacancy for a Deputy Stage Manager. Skipper successfully applied for the position and has since held several roles at the Company including Stage Manager, Company Manager and Head of Planning before becoming permanent Executive Director (later Chief Executive) in the summer of 1996.

Over the course of his career to date, Skipper has seen the Company stage over 70 new productions from A Simple Man by Gillian Lynne, starring Christopher Gable and Lynn Seymour; to the Company’s most recent new work David Nixon OBE’s The Little Mermaid.

  • Mark Skipper (right) with late Artistic Director Christopher Gable (centre)
  • Mark Skipper (left) meets Princess Margaret
  • Mark Skipper at Northern Ballet's former home in West Park, Leeds
  • Mark Skipper welcomes Northern Ballet Patron HRH The Earl of Wessex
  • Mark Skipper chats to Sir Ian McKellen at a Northern Ballet performance in London
  • Mark Skipper with Northern Ballet Board member, BBC star Anita Rani
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