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Thomas Hescott appointed executive director of Stage Directors UK

Thomas Hescott. Photo: Robert Workman Thomas Hescott. Photo: Robert Workman
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Thomas Hescott has been appointed to run Stage Directors UK in the new role of executive director, as part of a management restructure within the organisation.

The new structure has come about following Piers Haggard’s decision to step down as chief executive of SDUK last year, and will also see administrator Liz Holmes become general manager.

Hescott, a founding member of the industry body and a freelance director, said: “I am delighted to be able to serve SDUK as the new executive director. Having been a part of SDUK from the beginning I have seen first hand what a difference this organisation can make.”

He added: “I want to be a part of a diverse and vibrant industry which values access and equality within its workforce. I am excited to work in collaboration with theatres, trades unions and other professional organisations to help support directors at every stage of their career.”

SDUK said it had changed its structure as it had become clear that “SDUK should be run by a working director”.

Having Holmes as general manger will allow Hescott to continue working as a freelance director, alongside his responsibilities at SDUK.

SDUK said Holmes’ role recognised the “vital” part she had played in the organisation’s management.

SDUK co-chairs, Kate Saxon and Jeremy Herrin, said the new structure would allow the body to “keep fighting on behalf of stage directors, working towards better deals across the sector, and ensuring a broad access to the profession”.

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