John Worne Appointed Chief Operating Officer of the RCA

The Royal College of Art today announced the appointment of John Worne, as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Worne is currently Chief Operating Officer (Arts and Sciences) at King’s College London, and will be joining the RCA 1 September 2019.

John will play an integral role in overseeing the operations of the College bringing extensive expertise in strategy, governance, stakeholder relations and communications across higher education, the cultural sector, government and international business.

John joins the RCA from King’s College London where he has been COO for Arts and Sciences since 2015. In this role, he oversaw a major £100 million transformation of the iconic Bush House complex and significant redevelopment of the main King’s Strand Campus, as well as leading day-to-day operations and the professional services teams.

Prior to working at King’s, Worne was Director of Strategy & Corporate HQ for the British Council, where he was responsible for strategy, governance and the core Government funding of the UK’s international cultural organisation. He has also held significant roles at the UK Government Cabinet Office and Department of Health.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Paul Thompson, RCA Vice-Chancellor, said: ‘I’m excited to welcome John to our senior management team where his expertise will be a huge asset to the College.’

‘John’s significant experience at leading educational and cultural organisations will be a great advantage as we move forward with our ambitious plans to expand our estate, expertise and technical provision as a STEAM-led art and design university.’

John Worne commented: ‘To play my part at the RCA in the stewardship and ongoing success of a truly great institution will be both a joy and a privilege.’

Jocelyn Prudence will continue as interim COO and work closely with Mr Worne during a handover period.