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Nimax Theatres director to lead £31 million creative district in Woolwich

Nimax operations director James Heaton, who will become chief executive of Woolwich Creative District trust

Nimax Theatres operations director James Heaton has been named chief executive of the trust that will run a new creative district in Woolwich.

The Woolwich Creative District is a £31 million development set to open in 2020, which will include a 450-seat theatre and a 600-seat performance space.

It will also be home to to a number of arts organisations, including Punchdrunk Theatre Company [1], Protein Dance and Chineke! Orchestra.

Heaton will take up the role in August and will lead the development and growth of the complex.

He described the role as his “dream job”.

“The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council’s incredible vision for the transformation of the Royal Arsenal site presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only for me, but more importantly for the communities of Woolwich and Greenwich, and the cultural life of London.

“I’m honoured to have the task of bringing people together within the walls of these beautiful buildings to create something amazing, the impact of which will be felt far beyond them. It’s my dream job.”

Heaton has more than 10 years’ experience in executive and director-level positions at arts venues, including as deputy director of operations for Camden’s Roundhouse.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe said Heaton had the “drive and experience” to make its plans a reality and “deliver the vision for the site as a place that is open and welcoming, brimming with opportunities and creativity and a cultural destination that will put Woolwich on the map”.

Punchdrunk plans relocation to Greenwich creative district [1]