Sir John Tusa is Chairman of the Court of Governors at University of the Arts London. After a career in broadcasting on politics and international relations for BBC radio and television, he became presenter of BBC 2′s Newsnight between 1979 and 1986. From 1986 to 2002 he was Managing Director of the BBC World Service. After returning to daily television journalism, he became managing director of the Barbican Centre from 1995 until August 2007.
He wrote books jointly with his wife Ann Tusa such as, The Nuremberg Trailand The Berlin Blockade as well as several titles solo including Art Matters: Reflecting on Culture and Engaged with the Arts: Writings from the Frontline.