The Banff Centre
Russell Willis Taylor was President and CEO of NAS in the United States from January 2001 to January 2015, before coming to Banff Centre. She has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning, and all areas of operational management. Educated in England and America, she served as director of development for the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art before returning to England in 1984 at the invitation of the English National Opera (ENO) to establish the Company’s first fund-raising department. During this time, she also lectured extensively at graduate programs of nonprofit management and arts and business management throughout Britain. From 1997 to 2001, she rejoined the ENO as executive director. Mrs. Willis Taylor currently serves on the advisory boards of the Salzburg Global Seminar, the British Council’s Arts & Creative Economy Advisory Group, The Charlottesville Community Foundation, Fractured Atlas and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013, Mrs. Willis Taylor was honored with the International Citation of Merit by the International Society for the Performing Arts, presented in recognition of her lifetime achievement and her distinguished service to the performing arts. She has written a number of articles on nonprofits and cultural management and on policy issues in arts and culture.
Faculty for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy