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Shared finance chief to help Rich Mix and Albany cut costs

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Rich Mix and the Albany have appointed a joint head of finance to work across both London venues, in a move aimed at cutting costs and sharing best practice.

David Lewis will work three days a week at Rich Mix and two days a week at the Albany. He will work alongside Albany chief executive Gavin Barlow and Jane Earl, chief executive of Rich Mix, and encourage joint working between the two organisations.

Lewis, whose previous posts include an eight-year term as finance and business director at Battersea Arts Centre, will start his new role in August.

Barlow said: “I was talking to Jane at the end of last year and we were looking at exploring ways we could work together – looking at the ways we could learn from each other or share costs, make things more effective, and it so happened that we were both looking at the financial control in the organisations at the same time”

Barlow said both organisations would have to be flexible, as at certain points Lewis’ expertise would be required in one venue more than the other.

He added: “It does not make sense for small-ish organisations to be working completely in isolation. Now is really the opportunity to see how we can collaborate in these ways.”

Rich Mix is an arts centre based in Tower Hamlets. The Albany is a theatre venue in Deptford. Both have secured funding beyond 2012 as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

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