Former Creative Scotland chief executive Janet Archer has joined the University of Edinburgh in a new role designed to help boost its link with the city’s festivals.
Archer left Creative Scotland last year after five years as chief executive. Her departure followed a period of turbulence for the body, during which it was heavily criticised for cutting and later restoring funding for touring companies and several board members resigned.
She will now become the university’s first director of festival, cultural and city events, and will be tasked with bolstering its relationships with the cultural sector and Edinburgh’s festivals, including the fringe and the international festival.
Archer will also oversee year-round events relating to the university’s research, education and service ambitions.
She said: “I’m very much looking forward to contributing to the important role the university plays as a truly global institutions, rooted in Scotland’s capital city.
“I am tremendously excited about the opportunities this new role offers. I can’t wait to start working with colleagues at the university, the city and the wider cultural sector to realise them.”
Archer’s career began in dance as a performer and later as artistic director and chief executive of Dance City in Newcastle. She then joined Arts Council England before moving to Creative Scotland in 2013.