We are delighted to announce that members of the Dragon community have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list 2022. The list recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. Those honoured in this year’s list ranged from medical heroes to James Bond.
Recognised for their services to Arts and Culture in the New Year Honours list for 2022 are ODs …
John Arthur Cooke MBE (OD 1956)
The ENO congratulated Cooke on his award, stating that his service in his various roles with the company has been exceptional, especially considering they have been voluntary. The company commented on his discretion and unrelenting eye for detail, saying he has proven to be a valuable adviser at all times. ENO Chair Harry Brunjes stated: “This award is fully deserved and much appreciated. In the case of John Cooke, MBE means ‘Magnificent Benevolence to ENO’. After 25 years John is no longer an unsung hero.”
We contacted John to congratulate him on his honour. He commented;
“It’s a great honour to be given an award for my role at English National Opera. Like all other aspects of my connection with ENO, it’s also a huge pleasure, as my time with the company has been, and continues to be, nothing but a source of inspiration, working with wonderful colleagues.”
Charles Edward Alexander CBE (OD 1966)
Charles Alexander formerly served as President of GE Capital Europe and was a director and Deputy Chairman of English National Opera. He has been Chairman of Opera Rara since 2012.
Charles’ career spanned 25 years at NM Rothschild & Sons and then at General Electric, where he was President GE Capital Europe. He was a director and Deputy Chairman of English National Opera, a period which included the company’s purchase of the London Coliseum in 1992 and its final restoration in the first years of the Millennium. Charles has served on boards of companies listed in London, Paris, New York, Istanbul and Santiago.
Header Image: John Arthur Cook MBE pictured, front centre. Credit: ENO.