Perth theatre appoints Jacqueline McKay as chief executive

Jacqueline McKay has been appointed chief executive at Horsecross Arts in Perth, the organisation which runs the Perth Theatre and Concert Hall.

McKay joins the company from the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, where she has been shief executive since 2007. She will take up the post at the end of October following the move of Jane Spiers to Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Announcing McKay’s appointment, Iain Halliday, chair of the board of directors at Horsecross Arts, said: “She brings a wide portfolio of experience from across the arts, both from her role as chief executive of the Byre Theatre and her previous work as director and chief executive of North Edinburgh Arts and in arts education.”

McKay joins Horsecross as it is in the middle of major initiative to renovate and transform Perth Theatre, with the addition of a new extension including a flexible 225 capacity performance space.

She joined the Byre when it had received a two thirds funding cut from the Scottish Arts Council. Despite doubling audiences the SAC withdrew all funding as one of its final acts before the transfer to Creative Scotland. She leaves the theatre as it is about to become part of the new Fife Culture Trust in 2014.

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