Gavin Douglas Henderson CBE (born 3 February 1948) is an English arts administrator, conductor and trumpeter. Between 2007 and 2020 he was principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London.
He resigned on 12 June 2020 over the schools failure to tackle racism and comments he made in 2018, admitting that they were racist.
Gavin Henderson was educated at Brighton College, where his father was a member of the teaching staff, Brighton College of Art, Kingston Art College, University College London and the Slade School of Fine Art. From 1985 to 2010 he was the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School. From 1983 to 1994 he was the Artistic Director of Brighton International Festival. From 1994 to 2005 he was principal of Trinity College of Music (TCM), where he was responsible for moving TCM to its new premises in the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich and for its merger with Laban (a nearby school of contemporary dance) to form Trinity Laban.
He has also been Chairman of the National Foundation for Youth Music, Chairman of the Arts Council of England's Music Panel, Vice President of the British Arts Festivals Association and the European Festivals Association, Governor of Chetham's School, Manchester and Chairman of Arts Worldwide/World Circuit Arts. He is currently Honorary President of the National Piers Society.
He was appointed CBE in the 2004 Birthday Honours.
- "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 39, 3 February 2014
- Who's Who
- Volpe, Sam. "Black Lives Matter: Principal of Central School of Speech and Drama resigns and admits racist comments after students and alumni slammed 'overt racism'". Hamhigh.co.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
- "Central School principal: 'Quotas would reduce the quality of our student intake'". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
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