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Aug 16, 2011

Former president of Pearle Richard Pulford dies at the age of 67

Richard Pulford, who was President of Pearle* between 2004 and 2008, has died at the age of 67.
Richard Pulford was the Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and Theatrical Management Association (TMA) in the UK from 2001 to 2010, and in this capacity a member of the Executive Committee of Pearle*, the European trade federation for the live performance. He has been the President of Pearle* between 2005 and 2009.
An Oxford graduate, Pulford was a civil servant before becoming Deputy Secretary General of the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1979. He was general director (administration) at the South Bank Centre and an independent consultant on cultural policy and administration before taking on the joint role at SOLT and TMA.
Pulford retired at the end of last year but was hospitalised soon after announcing his intention to step down. He died on 7 August 2011 at his home in London following a long battle with illness.

The Director of Pearle* Anita Debaere said in a reaction to the news: "Richard has been an invaluable support for the organisation to which he was fully committed. It has been a pleasure and a great privilige to work with him. He will be missed enormously."
Recently appointed President of Pearle* Catherine Baumann added: "Richard did an enormous amount for the association and its members. He had a great capacity for understanding cultural policies in other countries and European policy. On behalf of all members of Pearle* across Europe we send our deepest regrets to his family."

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