Aberdeen solicitor and performer Craig Pike has landed a new leading role in the performing arts scene in Aberdeen.
For he has been elected as the next chairman of the board governing Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) the company which runs His Majestys Theatre, the Music Hall, The Lemon Tree and Aberdeen Box Office.
He will take over when the current chairman, Dr Graeme Roberts steps down in November at the end of his term of office.
The appointment was made yesterday (Monday) by the board which is also looking to recruit four new board members to replace long-serving directors who are standing down.
A solicitor in private practice with Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Craig has been involved in the performing arts in the North-east for almost 20 years, starting out with Aberdeen Student Show and including numerous and varied productions.
He has also worked on shows for APA, such as the Lord Provosts Variety Show and the Fiddlers Spectacular, performed regularly with the late Stephen Robertson of Scotland the What? and is of course a member of the renowned The Flying Pigs comedy group who recently had a sell-out run of their most recent production Finzean In the Rain and consider His Majestys Theatre their spiritual home. Craig has been a member of the APA board since 2012.
I am delighted and indeed honoured to be taking on the role of chairman of Aberdeen Performing Arts as of November this year and very much look forward to working with my colleague board members and the whole APA team to build on the many successes to date for the organization, says Craig.
In doing so, I must acknowledge the leadership and commitment of our current chairman Graeme has been unstinting in his dedication to the role for the past 10 years.
I will be coming into the role at an extremely busy time, with the team having just completed a detailed five-year plan, launched a very successful series of A Play, A Pie and A Pint as well as being on the brink of a major redevelopment of our beloved Music Hall.
I am very much looking forward to the opportunities ahead, he adds.
Graeme, who retires as chairman after the AGM in November, has been at the helm of the APA board since it was set up in 2002, to operate His Majestys Theatre and the Music Hall.
"The past dozen years have seen the development of APA from a bright idea in the minds of council officers to one of the most dynamic performing arts companies in Scotland, comments Graeme.
We have come a long way from the gala re-opening of His Majestys Theatre in September 2005, a mere 24 hours after receiving its new theatre licence, to the award of £1.5 million last month from Creative Scotland towards the re-development of the Music Hall, something we have been planning since 2007.
These have been exciting years for APA and there are equally exciting and challenging times ahead for the board under its new chairman and for the entire APA team.
Also standing down in November will be fellow board members Charles Kelly, Jennifer Shirreffs and Neil Jones, so APA this week launched a campaign to recruit their four replacements.
They are looking for people with a strong interest in the performing arts who can contribute to the work of APA from their expertise in business, the arts or the professions and help shape the company deliver its ambitions business plan.
More details are available on aberdeenperformingarts.com and the closing date for applications is March 21.