Award-winning digital education brand, Digital Theatre, appoints Neelay Patel, ex-Director of TV, Radio & Music, overseeing BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds, as CEO at Digital Theatre.

Neelay’s experience and appointment

The past 10 years have seen Neelay take on a number of high-profile roles: firstly as European Commercial Director of AOL, followed by five years with The Economist where he successfully launched the digital division, and most recently as an executive at the BBC, where he drove instrumental growth of BBC iPlayer and launched BBC Sounds. He joins Digital Theatre at the start of the company’s critical growth period, which includes the significant redevelopment of the flagship digital education platform (Digital Theatre+).

This addition comes shortly after the appointment of Dawn Airey as Executive Chair. The appointments coincide with a recent investment of £5.35 million, positioning Digital Theatre to accelerate growth globally and make Digital Theatre+ a prerequisite for all educational institutions.

A word from Neelay

The ability to play a role in the innovation of education and teaching was an irresistibly exciting prospect for me. Being able to provide open access to part of society that often doesn’t get access to the performing arts is extremely rewarding and something that I can feel proud of.

A word from Frank Hyman, ScaleUp Capital COO

“Neelay brings the fantastic experience of launching and building, compelling, digital, content products. He’s an entrepreneur at heart, and his enthusiasm for taking on this phenomenal growth opportunity was clear from our first meeting.”

About Digital Theatre+

Founded in 2009, & based in London, Digital Theatre+ is the world’s leading Performing Arts and English education resource, already used by over four million students in over 1,750 schools, colleges and universities in 85 countries around the world.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Digital Theatre+ and their 1000+ educational resources, visit their site here.

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