Nigel Hinds OBE is an arts administrator with over 30 years’ senior experience, an expert in the contemporary performing arts with particular skills in festival, venue and company leadership, creating artistic programmes and developing organisations.
From 2013 to 2019 he was Executive Producer for 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official First World War Centenary cultural programme. Nigel was a senior member of the LOCOG Culture team from early 2011 until October 2012, responsible for the successful planning and delivery of the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad across half the UK.
From 2004 to 2007 Nigel was Executive Director of The Place in London, and was Arts Programming Director of Sadler’s Wells, London from 1993 to 2000, the artistic driver of the transition from the previous theatre to the current building. Between 1988 and 1993 Nigel was Director of Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester where he was responsible for the artistic, administrative and financial success of the organisation. He led the Leicester International Dance Festival 1991 and 1993 editions. Prior to this Nigel was Programme and Festival Co-ordinator at the Almeida Theatre, London and his early career was as a theatre director, performer and stage manager.
Since 2007 he has been an Associate Director of FEI through which he has undertaken a wide range of projects including launching the first Family Arts Festival, developing a new festivals policy for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, acting as Interim Executive Director in setting up ambitious new company Collective Act Limited, and reviewing the Riverside Theatre Coleraine for Ulster University.
Nigel has undertaken many voluntary roles in the past. He is currently a non-executive director of Collective Act Limited, an advisor to the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Drummond Fund, and a member of Historic England’s Historic Places Panel. He was awarded OBE in 2019 for services to the arts.