Alistair Spalding has been the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler's Wells since 2004. He has been responsible for programming at the theatre since February 2000 (when he joined as Director of Programming).
Alistair's first job in arts management was at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, where he was a programmer from 1988-1994. Over six years between 1994 and 2000, Alistair was the Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre in London.
Alistair was also appointed as a national member of the Arts Council of England Board in January 2009. He was a member of the Arts Council England Dance Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2003. He was awarded Le Chevalier des Artes et Lettres by the French Embassy in October 2005. In June 2012 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, for services to dance.