Kevin McGrath, former QPR chairman who co-founded a series of prison restaurants staffed by inmates, has been appointed as Chairman of the ArtsEd schools.

Kevin, who was awarded an OBE for his work as one of the founder trustees of The Clink Charity, which has dramatically cut re-offending rates at the prisons where it operates, including Brixton and Sutton.

He is known as one of the country’s leading philanthropists. In a long list of trusteeships the banker and asset manager has been a Trustee of the Old Vic Theatre and Honourary Vice President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir.

ArtsEd’s Principal, Chris Hocking said: “We are immensely proud of having Kevin joint the Board at ArtsEd. Kevin’s leadership across the Board will be integral in maintaining our reputation as the highest-ranking performing arts school in the United Kingdom – and consistently sitting in the top five schools and colleges for creative education in the UK.”

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