Rebecca Matthews, currently CEO of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture Foundation, takes up the post of Director, Goodenough College in London from 1 October 2018.
Goodenough College is an independent educational charity and residential centre in London for post-graduate students and researchers from all over the world. Matthews will take responsibility for leading the prestigious College into an ambitious future and ensuring development of the College’s extra-curricular programme serving a community of Members and senior scholars from 90 countries.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead this truly unique institution into the next exciting phase in its history,” said Rebecca Matthews. “I look forward to working with everyone at Goodenough, including staff, governors, trustees, fellows, alumni and, of course, the College members, who will be among the next generation of leaders and innovators around the world.”
Today’s 700-strong cohort at Goodenough College share the experience of living in a dedicated and stimulating social, cultural, and intellectual environment during post-graduate studies at any London university or college.
Goodenough alumni include notable political, business, and cultural leaders, such as former South African President F.W. de Klerk, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, and Oscar-nominated Indian filmmaker Ashvin Kumar.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Patron of Goodenough College, and is a regular visitor who takes an active interest in College affairs.
Matthews will also take responsibility for The Burn, a charitable trust in one of Scotland’s most scenic glens, enhancing education by providing a unique study and short-break centre to student groups from all parts of the world.
Prior to joining the Aarhus 2017 Foundation, Rebecca Matthews held a range of high-profile international roles in arts and culture. She leaves Aarhus after more than five years overseeing the creation and delivery of a spectacular and highly successful year-long celebration of arts and culture.
Highlighting Rebecca Matthews’ outstanding track record, Eric Tracey, Goodenough College Trustee Board Chairman, said, “Her experience of executive management, her international outlook and contacts within art and culture are second to none. I believe that Rebecca is someone who embraces change, is entrepreneurial in outlook but also with a strong sense of values and public service. We are delighted to have her on board.”
Aarhus Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard added, “European Capital of Culture has left us with a stronger identity as Danes and Europeans, improved economic growth, and enhanced social capital. We owe Rebecca Matthews a debt of gratitude, and wish her every success in her new role.”
Goodenough College was founded in 1930, when prominent London banker Frederick Craufurd Goodenough wanted to establish a residence for male scholars from the Commonwealth. After merging with a ‘sister’ fund in 1965 it became the London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates, before taking the title Goodenough College in 2001. The College is located in a quiet garden square in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s main university district, a stone’s throw from both the City financial district and the cultural and entertainment centres of the West End. Rebecca Matthews will be the first female Director of Goodenough College.