Luke Rittner took up his appointment as Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance on 1 September 1999.  Previously he was Secretary General of the Arts Council of Great Britain (1983–1990), Communications Director for Sotheby’s Europe (1992–1998) and in previous years has run the Bath Festival. He was also Founder-Director of the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts (now Arts & Business).

Luke has served on many arts boards, including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Council.  He was a non-executive Director of Carlton Television until 1993 and was Chairman of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) from 1993-2017.  He is currently a Governor of the Royal Ballet.

Luke was awarded a CBE for services to the arts in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List and holds an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of Bath and an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Durham.