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Thom Stanbury steps down as chief exec of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

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Thom Stanbury, chief executive of the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, is to step down later this year after 16 years with the organisation.

He joined in 2000 as stage manager, before becoming administrative director and later chief executive of the east London theatre.

Announcing his departure, Stanbury said: “I have truly enjoyed my 16 years here and although it will be a terrible wrench to leave, I feel it’s now time for a change. I can’t think of better hands to leave the theatre in. I hugely look forward to watching the Queen’s continue to thrive in the coming years and returning as a paying customer.”

He leaves the theatre at the end of September, almost a year after the arrival of new artistic director Douglas Rintoul, who took over the post following Bob Carlton’s 17-year leadership.

Rintoul described Stanbury as a “rock” for both the theatre and himself over the past year.

“He has guided us through a period of transition with great care and passion. His legacy, one of security and stability, will be felt long into the future,” he added.

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