The Hofesh Shechter Company has appointed Colette Hansford as its new executive producer.
Hansford, who already works with the dance company, replaces Henny Finch in the role. Finch left earlier this year to join the Donmar Warehouse where she is executive director.
Hansford will take over the role of executive producer from July. She currently holds the position of administrative director, as part of which she has led on business and strategic development. She has been part of the company’s executive team for more than a decade.
Artistic director Hofesh Shechter said of Hansford’s appointment: “I’m absolutely ecstatic that one of our own, Colette Hansford, is moving to the top of our organisation to lead us into the exciting future ahead. Colette has an invaluable knowledge of the terrain in which we operate, coupled with the ability to create a kind, supportive and productive work environment.
“Her love for the field and the work, makes her a perfect and thrilling fit for the job. I can’t wait to begin working with Colette in her new capacity as executive producer.”
The company has also announced that it has received a grant of £120,000 over two years from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which will in part contribute to the executive producer’s salary and support the development of a new programming model for the company.
Hansford said: “Working alongside Hofesh Shechter to develop the company over the past 10 years has been rewarding, motivating and energising. It has been a privilege to realise our vision with an exceptional and inspiring team of dancers, staff, musicians, technicians and creatives alongside the board, stakeholders and supporters.
“It gives me immense joy to join the team and Hofesh in my new role as executive producer, working to realise our ambitions for the company and to connect our diverse projects with audiences, artists and participants in the UK and worldwide.”