Belfast Grand Opera House appoints Hill as chief executive

Andrew Hill has been appointed as chief executive of the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

Hill is currently theatre director of the Orchard Theatre in Dartford. He succeeds Michael Ockwell at the Grand Opera House, with Ockwell departing to become chief executive of the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

Hill said: “I am delighted to be taking up this new challenge and opportunity in Northern Ireland and look forward to joining such a fantastic organisation; however I will be immensely sad to leave The Orchard. I look forward to working with the team in Belfast as the theatre obviously has an important place in the cultural life of this vibrant city.”

Hill has worked for nine years for venue operator HQ Theatres, previously at the Wycombe Swan and the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon and now in Dartford.

Derek Nicholls, chief executive of HQ Theatres added: “Andrew has done an outstanding job for HQ Theatres at the Orchard Theatre, and we are sad to lose him from the group. However, the Grand Opera House represents an exciting new opportunity for him, and my colleagues and I wish him every success.”

Hill takes up his post at the Grand Opera House from October 1.

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