Donald takes over from Carol Harvey-Barnes who has been acting Chair since the departure of Paul Latham in autumn 2018.

Donald is the current Head of Regeneration & Community at Tate Modern, bringing with him extensive experience in the management of new place-based cultural developments, regenerating business districts, markets and museums. Donald has been instrumental in the urban renewal programme that has helped transform London’s Bankside and South Bank into one of the most vibrant and visited cultural districts in the world. He is also founder and Chair of the M7 World Food Markets alliance.

Donald was a catalyst for positive change whilst Chair of Borough Market, helping develop it as a destination that now attracts 15 million visitors a year. Involved in the development of business improvement districts across the UK since their inception, and Chair of Better Bankside since 2004, Donald has also had success as a broadcaster, author, teacher, and cultural adviser.
Upon his appointment as CCSkills’ Chair, Donald said,

“I have joined CCSkills at a time when it has never been more important to help the cultural sector attain the skills it needs to support its reach, resilience and creative diversity. These skills will be increasingly required as we work through difficult and uncertain times. Much work will need to be done engaging with audiences and communities and ensuring our country’s cultural offer is accessible and open to all. Creative and Cultural Skills is ideally placed to support this, to help train new generations of talent and to work with employers in innovative forms of recruitment. I am very much looking forward to helping them build on this important work.”