Chichester Festival Theatre executive director Rachel Tackley is to step down after two years in the role, citing “different leadership styles” between her and artistic director Daniel Evans.
Tackley was appointed to the post in 2016, becoming the first female in the theatre’s history to hold the position. However, she said she would be stepping down at the end of the 2018 season.
She said: “After working with Daniel Evans to produce two hugely successful festivals, I have decided to step down at the end of Festival 2018. I have loved being part of Chichester Festival Theatre, and it has been thrilling to drive the theatre forward to its next chapter.”
She added: “However, despite our achievements over the last two years, Daniel and I agree that our differing leadership styles are not the right combination for the theatre at this point. I have therefore decided that the time is right for me to step down.”
Chairman William Castell praised Tackley’s “passion, commitment and leadership” and described her as a “powerful advocate for the arts”.
“The board will miss her flair and good judgement and wish her every success,” he added.