FIONA GASPER is to leave the Royal Exchange Theatre after five and a half years to join Manchester International Festival as Executive Director. She will split her time between the two organisations from mid-February, before joining MIF full time at the end of March, replacing JIM FORRESTER, who steps down after six years in post.
Currently Executive Director of Free Word, ELEANOR LANG will take up the role of Executive Director at Cheek by Jowl from January 2016. She succeeds BETH BYRNE, who will join the Southbank Centre as Executive Producer in December.
TONY CHARLES, the Director of Platform A Gallery in Middlesbrough, will join Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool as a fine art lecturer. NIK HOLMES and FRANCES MOFFATT also join the college as illustration lecturers.
The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) has appointed ten new members to its board, including PAT CONNOR, Head of Development & Events at BBC North, and Professor JANET BEER, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.