Kenneth Baird is the founding Managing Director of the Liverpool-based European Opera Centre. He was a Member of the North West Arts Board from 1998-2002, chairing the Resources Committee and representing the Board on Banking on Culture – a European Union funded project to stimulate investment and employment growth in the cultural sector across Europe. Other Board memberships have included the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He is currently Deputy Chair of Sonic Arts Network, having chaired the organisation for the last two years.