Sir John Sorrell has announced his decision to retire as Chair of University of the Arts London, as from 31 July 2018.

During his five year term of office, UAL has become a globally recognised leader in creative arts education and embarked on an ambitious programme of academic and estates renewal. It has also incubated the Creative Industries Federation, the independent voice for the UK’s creative industries.

Sir John Sorrell said:

It has been a privilege to serve as chair of UAL for the last five years.   My own career began at art school and I am proud to have been part of the brilliant team at this great university, working with wonderful students who will be future leaders of the creative industries.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, said:

Sir John is a passionate advocate of the British art and design school. His compelling vision for creative education has influenced successive governments at home and worldwide. It has been a privilege to work with him at UAL.

Sir John Sorrell is one of the world’s leading advocates for the creative industries, is UK business ambassador for the creative industries, founder of the Creative Industries Federation, the London Design Festival and London Design Biennale. He co-founded the Sorrell Foundation with his wife Lady Frances, starting the National Art & Design Saturday Club through which young people study art and design at their local university or college for free.

UAL now seeks a new chair of the Court of Governors and the search is led by Odgers.