Dame Vikki Heywood DBE, Lady Jones was the Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Since stepping down in 2013 she has served two terms as Chairman of The RSA (the first ever to have done so), overseen the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value – a seminal report on the Creative Industries published January 2015, and led the five year First World War Centenary Arts Commissioning Programme, “14-18 Now”. She is the Chairman of Mountview Drama Academy, on the Board of the National Theatre and Chairman of Festival UK 2022.
Prior to her appointment at the RSC, Vikki was Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre amongst other theatres companies, a board member of the Society of London Theatre, The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a member of Warwick University Council as well as a number of other theatre boards.
She has been awarded two honorary doctorates from Ohio State University and the University of Birmingham – becoming a Doctor of Letters in December 2009. In 2012 she was awarded a CBE, for services to theatre and subsequently made a DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020, for services to the arts.