Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Merton

Mr Chris Cotton DL


Appointed Rep DL: 2020

Chris a practicing Architect for over 30 years has had a lifelong interest in music and the Royal Albert Hall. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Hall in 2009 retiring in 2017. This was a period of major growth for the charity and development of a significant outreach programme supporting the wider community. He is currently Chair of Jerwood Space, part of the Jerwood Foundation family of organisations committed to supporting and nurturing excellence in the arts; a Trustee of the Foundling museum, a Trustee of Julie’s Bicycle assisting the creative community to embed environmental sustainability into their operations, creative work and business practice. Retaining his interest in live performance he is a Director of Cadogan Hall, one of London’s more intimate venues offering a rich and varied programme of live events. Chris and his wife Mel have 5 grandchildren. CC

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British Empire Medal Presentation

Mr Chris Cotton presented the British Empire Medal to Ms Catherine Cooke at a socially distanced event in October 2020. Ms Cooke was awarded the BEM for services to Libraries.

Little Forest Folk Queens award for Enterprise in Innovation