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Caro Newling appointed Paines Plough chairman

Caro Newling, co-founder of Neal Street Productions, has been appointed chairman of touring theatre company Paines Plough.

Newling, a director of Neal Street Productions, which creates television, film and theatre shows and was co-founded by Sam Mendes, will take up the position of chairman with immediate effect.

A former trustee of the National Theatre, Newling – who heads up the theatre side of Neal Street Productions – is also a trustee of the Society of London Theatre.

She said: “Paines Plough is at a pivotal point in its long and significant history. The company is in robust shape, ready to face challenges ahead, and is poised to produce another visionary year’s work connecting some of our finest writers with audiences across the nation.”

Paines Plough artistic directors James Grieve and George Perrin said in a statement: “We’re very excited about the future of Paines Plough under Caro’s leadership.”