Manchester's Factory International has appointed MOIRA SINCLAIR OBE Chair.
In January, she will take over from TOM BLOXHAM, overseeing production and programming at Manchester International Festival (MIF) and Aviva Studios, the home of Factory International.
Sinclair is Chief Executive of the independent grantmaker Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Chair of both Clore Leadership and the London Mayor's Cultural Strategy Board and a British Library Advisory Council member.
Formerly the Executive Director of London and South East for Arts Council England, Sinclair oversaw a portfolio of 322 funded organisations and contributed to national policy development.
Artistic Director and Chief Executive JOHN MCGRATH said: “Tom has done a fantastic job at leading us through an extraordinary period of growth and transformation, from helping to establish us as one of the most renowned festivals on the international stage to moving into our incredible new home, Aviva Studios.
"I look forward to working with Moira, whose experience and values are perfectly suited to help us take our next steps as we continue to invent tomorrow together.”
Sinclair commented: “My guiding star has always been a commitment to supporting access to the very best, ambitious, thrilling arts and culture, for everyone – artists, producers, audiences - and that is why I am truly honoured to take on the role of Chair of Factory International."