Ric Green, Opera North Operations & Technical Director, has been with Opera North for 25 years following ten years with the National Theatre in London. He led on the successful Transformation Project to renovate the Grand Theatre and Build a new purpose built Opera Centre in Leeds. Ric has a positive influence on skills development in the live arts, through his participation at board level across several major organisations including the Creative and Cultural National Skills Academy and the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Skills Council. He is a founder Board member of both CIDA (Creative Industries Development Agency) and Skillscene and is also the Chairman of CIDA. Ric is also a Principal Consultant with Theatresearch, a theatre consultancy service providing advice and expertise on buildings, management and operations for theatre, specialising in the renovation of historic theatres. He is a Trustee of the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax.