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David Martin to step down from Oldham Coliseum

David Martin is stepping down as executive director of Oldham Coliseum

David Martin, executive director of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, is to step down from the post after seven years.

Martin joined the Coliseum in 2009 and was previously general manager at Community Arts North West. During his time in the role, he oversaw the refurbishment of the theatre in 2012, and prepared for the organisation’s move to a purpose-built £30 million building, due to open in 2020.

When he leaves this summer, Martin will set up a freelance consultancy specialising in business planning and resilience, and project management within the theatre industry.

Martin said: “After overseeing the refurbishment of the Coliseum in its current home in 2012, and my work towards the development of the new Coliseum Theatre on Union Street, in the heart of the Oldham’s exciting cultural quarter, opening in 2020, I’m leaving at an exciting juncture in the theatre’s 132-year history.”

“This moment felt like the right time to move on and to pursue my freelance career. I leave happy knowing I’ve played a valuable part in securing the future of theatre in Oldham for generations to come.”

Artistic director Kevin Shaw added: “Everyone at the Coliseum will join me in thanking David for his dedication and service over the past years and we wish him every success in his future.”

“With David’s departure to consultancy, we’re taking the opportunity to assess the future needs of the organisation, particularly as the organisation transitions to its new home in 2020.”

The theatre is recruiting for an interim executive director to take up the post by September.