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Martin Sutherland to leave Royal & Derngate to be Coventry culture boss

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate and The Core at Corby Cube, will leave his role in Autumn 2018 to lead the team that will deliver UK City of Culture 2021 in Coventry, writes Royal & Dernagte.

Steve Edmonds, Chair of Royal & Derngate said: “The Board congratulates Martin on this wonderful new role. Whilst I and my fellow board members are sad to see him go, we are proud that his achievements in Northampton have been recognised nationally with this appointment. I have no doubt that he will bring the same passionate commitment to collaboration, creativity and inclusion that he has demonstrated here to Coventry in the coming years as the city prepares for 2021.”

Since joining Royal & Derngate ten years ago Martin has overseen the development of Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust, a pioneering, sustainable model for arts management which incorporates Royal & Derngate, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse and The Core at Corby Cube.

Gary Tait, Chair of The Core at Corby Cube, added: “Martin was instrumental in creating the vision for, and launching, The Core and through his continued involvement has helped it to surpass all expectations in its first eight years. Martin’s role in appointing our new Director, as well as creating the management model that supplies essential services to the team here, ensures that his positive influence will be felt for years to come.”

In his new role, Martin will provide leadership for the Coventry City of Culture Trust as Executive Director and Chief Executive, ensuring that Coventry’s profile, reputation and cultural engagement delivers a high level of respect within the city and region, as well as nationally.

Martin Sutherland said: “My time in Northamptonshire has been the most professionally rewarding period of my career. The arts operate in a challenging climate, and our Northampton and Corby venues are no exception. However, I have always enjoyed and appreciated the support of a group of passionate Board members in whose safe hands our venues will continue to flourish. Thanks, and admiration, are also due to the remarkable team with which it has been an honour to work. Northamptonshire has been so good to me and I will miss all those people who do so much to make it better for everyone.”

The recruitment for a successor will begin imminently.

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