Dame Elizabeth Anne Lucy "Liz" Forgan, DBE (born 31 August 1944) is an English journalist, and radio and television executive.
She initially worked on newspapers starting with the Teheran Journal as Arts Editor 1967-68, at the Hampstead and Highgate Express (1969–74), and on London's Evening Standard (1974–78, and later as a columnist 1997-98).
Forgan was appointed the sixth chairman of The Scott Trust in 2003, the owner of the Guardian newspapers.
She is also board member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, Trustee of the Royal Anniversary Trust, a former Board Member of the British Film Institute, a Trustee of the Media Trust and of the Phoenix Trust, and Chair of the Churches Conservation Trust.
In February 2009 Forgan became Chair of Arts Council England, the first woman to head the British arts funding organisation. Appointed in the last year of a Labour Government, she was viewed with suspicion by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. In the October 2010 Government spending review, the Arts Council suffered a 29.6% funding cut, and was also ordered to halve its administrative costs, a severe blow to the organisation but a matter of supreme indifference to the general public.
In 2014 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy.
- Jill Tweedie for details of the National Portrait Gallery Group portrait of Forgan, Tweedie, Polly Toynbee and Mary Stott (editors of Guardian's Women's Page) and Posy Simmonds.
- "Scott Trust Appoints New Chair". Retrieved 2007-01-28.
- "Liz Forgan - Heritage Lottery Fund". Archived from the original on 24 June 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
- "News move was last straw for Liz Forgan" by Michael Leapman, The Independent, 25 February 1996. Retrieved on 28 January 2007.
- History of the Scott Trust
- "Dame Liz re-appointed to the National Heritage Memorial Fund". Retrieved 2007-01-28.
- "Hidden Treasures Speakers". Archived from the original on 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
- Arts council budget slashed
- "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.