English National Opera (ENO) is pleased to announce that Jessica Pulay is joining the ENO Board of Trustees with immediate effect.

Jessica Pulay has been Co-Head of Policy and Markets, and an executive member of the Managing Board, of the UK Debt Management Office since 2015. She has responsibility for the UK government’s debt issuance and cash management, as well as leading the policy, research and business operations areas.   

Jessica has more than 30 years’ finance experience in both the public and private sectors, specialising in government and supranational financing. Prior to her current role, she spent 16 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London where she was Deputy Head of Funding, responsible for the EBRD’s financing programme. Before joining the EBRD, Jessica spent a number of years working in investment banking, including as an executive director at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, and a managing director at Deutsche Bank.

Jessica’s commitment to the arts and education includes eight years as a Trustee of the Wallace Collection, as well as serving on the board of the Arts Foundation and the committee of the Cliveden Literary Festival. For many years she served as Vice Chairman of the governing council of a London school. Following her experience in the 2004 Asian tsunami, Jessica helped establish the Rewatha Orphanage in Sri Lanka. She is also a Board member of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). 

Commenting on the appointment, ENO Chair, Dr Harry Brunjes says, ‘All at ENO are looking forward to Jessica Pulay joining the Board. Jessica’s impressive career in the finance sector will be invaluable, let alone her experience as a trustee in the arts sector for eight years. Equally important is Jessica’s great enthusiasm for opera and, indeed, she is a long-standing supporter of ENO.’ 

Jessica Pulay commented, ‘I am delighted, and feel immensely privileged, to be joining the ENO Board, not least given the ENO’s mission to make this great art form more accessible to a wider audience.’