Simon Robey, chairman of the Royal Opera House, has put his bank on notice that he’s taking early retirement in January. Robey, 52, is co-chair of mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley. It has been reported that he is starting his own firm.
But might he not be tempted by the sudden chief executive vacancy at ROH? He has worked closely with the departing Tony Hall, knows the place inside out and fits the profile for an aggressive fund-raising boss with political connections, which is one of the top requirements. Robey is said to be best mates with the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood. So much so that he has co-opted Lady Heywood onto the ROH board.