His route to the interviewee's chair is blocked: a decision has to be made. He can either duck down beneath a five-foot high neon light, or walk under a ladder. Salman Rushdie, shorter and stockier than I had imagined, chooses the latter.
He emerges wearing a slightly perplexed expression, typical of a person about to be subjected to a television interview; a guest of honour awaiting instruction.
Peter Bazalgette's passion for new media, his entrepreneurial spirit and infectious, can-do enthusiasm are the attributes the government hopes he will bring to the role of Chair at Arts Council England.
He joins the organisation - and arts in general - at a time of flux, trepidation and uncertainty as the budget cuts that were announced last year start to be implemented.
Before that, he was a director at the Tate Gallery for seven years, where he was responsible for the award-winning Tate Online, the UK's most popular art website, and Tate Etc, the UK's highest circulation art magazine.
He was voted one of the world's top 50 creative thinkers by the New York-based Creativity Magazine.
In 2009 Will wrote and performed a sell-out one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe called, Double Art History.
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