Former intellectual property lawyer and City law firm partner Hilary Newiss is the newest addition to English National Opera’s (ENO) board of trustees, the London-based company has announced.

Newiss was formerly a partner and head of intellectual property in the law firm Denton Hall, now SNR Denton. Since stepping down from the company, she has served on several public and charity boards involved in innovation, science, health, ethics, arts and culture.

She brings to the ENO board many years of legal expertise, governance and strategy knowledge. She is also a long-time opera lover and supporter of the ENO, as well as an amateur pianist and singer.

“I am incredibly pleased to join the ENO board, an organisation I have long admired for its commitment to creating accessible art,” Newiss commented.

“With my experience in culture, innovation and health, I look forward to joining the ENO, which has in recent years been at the forefront of pioneering the extensive benefits of combining arts and health through its award-winning ENO Breathe programme. I look forward to playing a part in helping the ENO continue to deliver its mission to make opera for everyone.”

Newiss replaces Jessica Pulay, who is leaving the ENO board to chair the board of The Wallace Collection.

Newiss has served on an impressive list of boards, including the Human Genetics Commission, the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care, Biobank Ethics and Governance Board, the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information and the Francis Crick Institute, as well as Natural History Museum and Charleston House.

She is currently chair of the British Science Association, on the board of the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and the Steering Board of the Intellectual Property Office. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and recently retired as Chair of National Voices, the umbrella group of charities advocating for care to revolve around patients.

Commenting on the appointment, ENO chair Dr Harry Bunjes said: “All at the ENO are delighted to welcome Hilary Newiss to the ENO board of trustees. Bringing with her a wealth of experience across strategy, law, culture, health and public engagement, her expertise is equalled only by her passion for opera and the ENO.”

Newiss can be found on Twitter as Hilary Newiss. You can find out more about all the ENO board members on the organisation’s website.



Former IP lawyer and opera lover Hilary Newiss has been appointed to English National Opera’s board of trustees.