Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), which runs the city’s Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree, have appointed Jane Spiers of Horsecross Arts in Perth as their new chief executive.
She will take up her position at the head of the city arts company on Monday, September 3.
Making the announcement today, APA board chairman Graeme Roberts said:
“In the ten or so years since we were founded, Aberdeen Performing Arts and Horsecross Arts Perth have shared exchange visits, productions and a mutual heritage link with His Majesty's Theatre in Perth, Western Australia.
“So we are delighted that Jane Spiers, whose achievements while at Horsecross we already greatly admire, has accepted appointment as our new CEO at this time of exciting opportunities and challenges for Aberdeen's cultural organisations."
“I’m thrilled to be joining such an ambitious, forward looking company with so many successes under its belt,” said Jane.
“Aberdeen is a beautiful city with a rich heritage and a vibrant contemporary culture.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with partners to continue to build the reputation of the city nationally and internationally, with Aberdeen Performing Arts at the heart of cultural and community life.”
During her years at the award-winning Horsecross Arts, which operates Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, Jane led the launch of Scotland’s newest concert hall and the creation of a new programme and a new audience from scratch.
Under her leadership Horsecross became a Creative Scotland foundation organization, Perth Theatre secured its role as a vibrant producing house, and the organisation raised over £10 million, winning 30 awards and commendations in the process, including two Scottish Thistle Awards for Business Leadership and for Business Tourism.
Before that, she was Heritage and Cultural Services manager at Stirling Council and was the project champion for the award-winning Stirling Tolbooth Music, Arts and Conference Centre.
In taking up the post of chief executive at Aberdeen Performing Arts, she succeeds Duncan Hendry who left at the end of March to become chief executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust which runs The Festival Theatre and the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh.
Since then, and until September, heading up the company as the acting chief executive is Kathleen Scott, APA’s head of corporate services, sales and marketing.