Anthony Sargent, CBE

After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University Anthony worked 13 years in production and presentation at BBC TV and Radio, then as Artistic Projects Director at London’s Southbank Centre.

In 1990 he moved to Birmingham as City Council Head of Arts, creating Birmingham’s first Arts Strategy and leading all the Council’s major arts projects and festivals, co-leading with Sir Simon Rattle Birmingham’s acclaimed 10-year festival of the 20th Century, Towards the Millennium. After rejoining the BBC in the nationwide management of the uniquely ambitious Millennium Music Live festival, he became founding General Director for 15 years of Sage Gateshead (Norman Foster’s award-winning international centre for music performance and education), achieving what was then the UK’s highest ever single charitable donation to the arts outside London. In 2015 he moved to Canada to lead Toronto’s international Luminato Festival, steering it through its admired 10th anniversary and launching Luminato’s second decade.