Sue Robertson became principal of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, in 2008, following five years as dean of the School of Arts at City University, London.
In her role at City, Sue was professor of Professional Arts and Education and foundation dean of a newly-created school bringing together the University’s renowned departments of cultural policy and management; journalism and publishing; music and education and lifelong learning along with the Centre for Language Studies.
She has extensive professional experience in arts policy and management as chief executive of London Arts, the arts funding and development agency (1996 – 2001) and executive director of Southern Arts (1993 – 1996).
She is currently vice chair of SohoTheatre, a member of the board of the Barbican, and a member of the council of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. She has also been a member of the board of Theatre Centre, and served on the Olivier Awards judging panel in 2003 and 2008.
From 1986 Sue was director of Education Programmes and a member of the senior management team at the South Bank Centre where she set up and managed a ground-breaking education programme involving some of the world’s greatest artists and performers as well as young, talented and creative individuals from London and throughout the country. From 1980 to 1986, she worked at the (then) Arts Council of Great Britain where, as senior education officer, she was responsible for drawing up and implementing the Council’s first education policy and strategy.
Sue started her professional life as a teacher of English and drama at a comprehensive school in Bracknell in Berkshire where she was also founding director of the youth theatre at South Hill Park Arts Centre. She has an Honours Degree in English and related literature from the University of York; a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of Nottingham, and a diploma in arts administration from City University. In 2003 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.