Michael Eakin became Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in October 2008.
Michael was Vice President of the Theatrical Management Association from 1994-1997. He negotiated the establishment of the UK's major world music festival, the WOMAD Festival in Reading, in 1990 and led the joint management team of the Festival through to 2001.
From 1997 he was Director of Arts and Leisure for Reading, with a portfolio including the arts and theatre services as well as libraries, museums and archives, sport and leisure, and tourism. He has also been a Board member of Southern Arts Board and Method and Madness Theatre Company. Michael became Regional Executive Director of North West Arts Board in March 2001.
Michael's initial career was in theatre management, in Hillingdon, West London, and then Reading. He worked for Reading Borough Council as Head of Arts and Theatres, where he ran and programmed the major regional presenting theatre and concert hall, The Hexagon. He was also responsible for 21 South Street Arts Centre, The Town Hall (a lottery-funded refurbishment of a 19th century concert hall, museum and art gallery) and the Council's arts development service.