In 2017, Ruth Mackenzie became the first woman to be Artistic Director of the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, for which she is now planning her first season which will be 2019/20. She was appointed Artistic Director of Holland Festival in 2013, on a five-year contract delivering four festivals 2015-2018 in Amsterdam. She was Director of the London 2012 Festival (the official cultural programme for the London 2012 Games), widely regarded as the most successful cultural programme of any modern Olympics & Paralympic Games. She has also been General Director of Scottish Opera and the Manchester International Festival, Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, consultant dramaturg of the Vienna Festwochen, special adviser to 5 Secretaries of State for Culture, Media & Sport and consultant to the Barbican Centre, the LSO, Google, the BBC and the Tate, amongst others. In 2018, Ruth was nominated by Sadiq Khan to Chair the London Area Council, and subsequently appointed. In 2019, she was invited to be artistic advisor to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.