NEWS: Royal & Derngate Chief Executive, Martin Sutherland, to head up Coventry City of Culture 2021 team

Royal and Derngate and The Core at Corby Chief Executive, Martin Sutherland, will leave his role and head up the Coventry City of Culture 2021 team, it was announced today, 16 May 2018. 

Having joined the Royal & Derngate, who have phenomenal respect both regionally and nationally, ten years ago, Sutherland has been an integral part in overseeing the development of Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust, incorporating Royal & Derngate, The Core at Corby Cube and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, which provides a pioneering, sustainable model for arts management across the region.

Steve Edmonds, Chair of Royal & Derngate says: “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.”

Gary Tait, Chair of The Core at Corby Cube, adds: “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.”

Hoping to pass on some of his experience and expertise, Sutherland will join the Coventry City of Culture Trust as Executive Director and Chief Executive providing leadership to the team and aiming to ensure the City’s offerings deliver a high level of respect locally and nationally via its cultural engagement, reputation and profile.

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.”

Sutherland is due to leave his role this Autumn, with recruitment for a successor said to be imminent.

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