Lucy Noble is leaving the Royal Albert Hall (RAH), having spent more than 20 years at the venue, to become AEG Presents’ first artistic director.

Noble began working as head of programming at RAH in 2001 and became its artistic director in November last year. A former chair of the National Arenas Association, she is currently an executive member of LIVE and chair of its venues sub-committee.

In her new role, AEG said Noble will assume responsibility for setting the artistic direction across the company’s live touring and events business, and drive expansion into new areas.

The promoting division of global event and venue giant AEG, and one of the UK’s leading festival operators, AEG Presents recently announced it will open the refurbished and re-named live music venue The Halls Wolverhampton in June. Its other venues include the 5,000-capacity Eventim Apollo and Indigo at The O2 (2,800).

AEG Presents UK CEO Steve Homer said the appointment of Noble is a huge win for the company: “I can’t wait to see the creativity and direction she’ll bring to our AEG Presents business as we move forward on this exciting next phase in our journey. On a personal level, I’m extremely chuffed – I’ve worked with Lucy for many years and it’s always been a wish of mine to bring her over to our side of the fence. We’re thrilled this is now a reality.”

Noble said, “I’ve worked closely with the AEG team for many years and have long since admired their work – to join a leader of this calibre, working across live music and events, is something I can’t wait to be part of.”