CEO Stories: Royal ballet boss on taking risks, Black Sabbath and recruiting a global superstar

05 June 2023

Birmingham Royal Ballet chief executive Caroline Miller is the latest guest on CEO Stories - the podcast hosted by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Henrietta Brealey.

The episode is available to listen to now on all major listening apps such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Caroline’s passion for her profession is loud and clear as she talks Henrietta through the fascinating and varied career path that led to her becoming chief executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

It is a career that has taken her from the box office to the boardroom – driven by a lifelong love of dance and a determination to become a leading arts administrator.

Having overcome some personal setbacks, Caroline took the reins of Birmingham Royal Ballet – initially as interim CEO – in 2018 and was instrumental in the recruitment of global dance superstar Carlos Acosta to become the organisation’s director and creative driving force.

Caroline tells Henrietta how, like Cuban phenomenon Acosta, she believes in taking risks – a mantra that paid off as the Birmingham Royal Ballet navigated through the Covid-19 pandemic with some innovative productions.

We also hear about some of BRB’s exciting future plans – including a forthcoming tour of the United States and the release of the highly-anticipated Black Sabbath – The Ballet.

CEO Stories is a monthly podcast hosted by Henrietta Brealey, who in 2021 became the youngest chief executive in the Chamber’s history.

A new episode is published on the first Monday of every month.

Throughout the series, Henrietta is joined by a variety of well-known and emerging business leaders, who will reveal what makes them tick, who inspired them and the advice they would give to aspiring CEOs.

Season One of the podcast featured a variety of guests include NEC Group chief executive Paul Thandi, Chamber president and Forensic Pathways founder Deb Leary, McDonald’s franchisee Doug Wright and TV chef Liam Dillon.

You can listen and subscribe to CEO Stories now on the following listening platforms:

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