Shona McCarthy appointed CEO of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Shona McCarthy. Photo: Kelvin Boyes
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Shona McCarthy has been appointed chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

From 2011 to 2014, McCarthy was chief executive of the Culture Company, which organised Derry/Londonderry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2013.

She will replace Kath Mainland, who was appointed executive director of the Melbourne Festival in November. McCarthy will take up her post in March.

McCarthy said she was “thrilled” at her appointment to an organisation she has long admired, and added: “I have spent 25 years working in the cultural sector and have seen up close and personal the transformative power that art can have on people, on cities and on wellbeing.

“I passionately believe in personal and collective creativity as a force for good in a turbulent world.

“I have visited Edinburgh and the fringe on many occasions and there is no better outlet for creative expression than the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the greatest open access arts festival in the world, and I can’t wait to work with and support all those who make up such a wonderful festival.”

Timothy O’Shea, chair of the EFFS, praised her “exceptional resume of experience in the cultural sector”.

“As the fringe approaches its 70th anniversary year, I have no doubt Shona will provide the vision and leadership to continue and further develop the work the society does, supporting the fringe’s reputation as a world-leading arts festival,” he said.