Alistair Spalding CBE has been awarded with an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in recognition of his contribution to the UK creative industries.
The theatre boss received his award in front of an audience of the University's graduating performing arts students.
Alistair Spalding is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. Under his leadership he has seen the theatre become the UK's leading venue for dance, hosting world class companies and performances. He has also transformed the theatre into a producing house as well as a presenting house, with many shows now commissioned and produced at the venue.
Alistair Spalding said: "It is a great honour to be offered this honorary doctorate from Middlesex University. I am particularly happy to accept it from an institution that has done so much to ensure that practicing artists are thoroughly involved in the day to day life of the university. I am particularly delighted that a person from the dance industry has been chosen to be honoured in this way."
Middlesex University Vice Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: "Nurturing the next generation of talent to boost our creative industries is a big priority for this University so I’m delighted to honour a man who has done so much to raise the profile of dance in the UK. His words to the performing arts students graduating alongside him are wonderful motivation as they set out at the start of their own careers."
Alistair was appointed as a national member of the Arts Council of England Board in 2009 and in June this year he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, for services to dance.
He collected his honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the University’s Hendon campus in north London on 20 July. The award was presented as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honours given to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or community.