Our New Chief Executive
PRESS RELEASE 3 DEC 2016
Live Theatre Winchester Trust, which runs Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair, has named its new Chief Executive. Deryck Newland will take over in March following the departure of Mark Courtice.
Deryck is currently Artistic Director and CEO of Pavilion Dance South West, one of England’s National Dance Development Organisations. Between 2007 and 2012 he was Director and CEO of Salisbury Arts Centre in Wiltshire.
“I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Executive of Live Theatre Winchester Trust,” said Deryck. “The combination of a special Grade II Listed theatre with a famous outdoor arts festival is a vibrant cocktail with exciting potential.”
“I can’t wait to get started in March,” he added. “I am really looking forward to getting to know the team and the beautiful city of Winchester.”
Deryck’s background is in theatre, teaching, arts development and venue management. He declares he is passionate about opening up the arts to as broad a cross section of society as possible.
As an experienced leader of arts organisations, Deryck said: “I like to encourage them to work in creative partnerships and to connect artists and makers to communities and audiences.”
Prior to working in arts management, Deryck spent 15 years teaching the performing arts in schools and colleges. “This is why,” he explained, “I am committed to providing creative opportunities for young people and to acting as an advocate for the transformational power of the arts in young people’s lives.”