Pauline Tambling has worked in the arts and cultural sector for over thirty years with a long track record of helping to support young people to engage with the arts and to find employment in the creative industries.


She set up the Royal Opera House’s Education Department in 1983 and ran a full annual programme including schools performances, teacher workshops and special projects for fifteen years including through collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the European network, RESEO.  In five senior roles at Arts Council England from 1998 to 2007 she led the Council’s work in education, research, audience development, social inclusion, diversity and capital investment in arts organisations. Notable projects created at the time include Artsmark, Arts Award and Creative Partnerships. Most recently Pauline was Chief Executive of Creative & Cultural Skills where she developed apprenticeships for the creative industries and supported young people from all backgrounds into careers in the sector working closely with the Further Education sector across the UK. In 2011 she built the Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Essex, a state-of-the-art training and rehearsal space for backstage technical skills as part of High House Production Park in Thurrock.

Pauline was Chair of Shape Arts, an arts and disability organisation, a governor of the University of the Creative Arts, and a trustee of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. She is currently a trustee of the Roundhouse in Camden and England Chair of Voluntary Arts.

Pauline was awarded a CBE for services to education and training in the cultural sector in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014.