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Horsecross Arts chief executive steps down after three years in post

Gwilym Gibbons, who is to step down as chief executive of Horsecross Arts. Photo: Fraser Band

Gwilym Gibbons is to step down as chief executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth’s Theatre and Concert Hall venues.

Gibbons took over in 2014 [1], when Perth Theatre was in the middle of the £16.6 million restoration and redevelopment project that was completed this weekend with the opening of the pantomime, Aladdin.

During his three years with Horsecross, Gibbons has been credited with shaping the role of Perth Theatre in Scottish theatre. He oversaw the appointment of Lu Kemp as the venue’s new artistic director.

Horsecross is one of Creative Scotland’s Regularly Funded Organisations. The arts organisation said Gibbons had helped drive an increase in turnover of 39%, alongside a reduction in the reliance on CS funding, which is now 7% of turnover.

Magnus Linklater, chair of Horsecross Arts, said: “Gwilym has been instrumental in helping deliver our brilliant new theatre within budget and on schedule.

“He has successfully piloted Horsecross Arts through a challenging financial period, and leaves it well-placed for the future. We are grateful for all he has done for the arts in Perth, and wish him well in his new post.”

Gibbons will remain at Horsecross until February, before joining the Crichton Trust in Dumfries and Galloway in April 2018 as chief executive.

Horsecross will start the process of finding his replacement after the Christmas holidays.