Michael Eakin has been Chief Executive of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic since 2008.
Michael joined Liverpool Philharmonic from Arts Council England, with whom he had been Executive Director North West since 2001. In that position he led a growth in Arts Council investment across the North West, and worked closely with the Liverpool European Capital of Culture bid, planning, and delivery processes.
Previously, he was Director of Arts and Leisure for Reading from 1997, with a portfolio including the arts and theatre services as well as libraries, museums and archives, sport and leisure, and tourism.
His initial career was in theatre and concert hall management, including several years as Director of the regional presenting theatre and concert hall, The Hexagon, Reading. Here he programmed across several artforms including a significant orchestral concert series. Between 1990 and 2001 he also led the establishment in Reading of the UK's major annual world music festival, the WOMAD Festival, in partnership with the WOMAD organisation.
He was Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) between 2011 and 2014, and is a former Vice President of the Theatrical Management Association (now UK Theatre).