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Prof Glynis Breakwell
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell
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Press Release - 15 March 2006

VC appointed as new Chair for Bath Festivals Trust/City of Festivals

It has been announced today that Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, has been confirmed as Chair designate of the company which will take forward the City of Festivals initiative and the work of Bath Festivals Trust.

Under Professor Breakwell’s leadership the company will take Bath & North East Somerset into a new era of year-round festival co-ordination and enhanced arts promotion.

Professor Breakwell was selected by a panel made up of two representatives from the City of Festivals working group, two from the board of Bath Festivals Trust and Councillor Nicole O’Flaherty, the Bath & North East Somerset Council Executive Member with responsibility for Tourism, Leisure and Culture. A representative of Arts Council England, the Trust’s other key stakeholder, was present to endorse the selection process.

Cllr O’Flaherty commented today: ‘We were fortunate to have strong candidates for this position. In appointing Professor Glynis Breakwell we recognised her national reputation and experience and felt that she displayed a thorough understanding of the leadership, management and vision required to deliver the aims of this new organisation’.

Professor Breakwell will take up her role from 2 April 2006. She will lead the company’s board and permanent staff to oversee strategic development and secure a central place for cultural promotion in the social and economic growth of the area. The role of Chair is a voluntary public appointment.

Professor Breakwell said today: ‘I am very pleased to have been chosen to lead the company. Culture and the arts are essential to the life of a vibrant city and I look forward to meeting the many challenges that lie ahead’.

Nod Knowles, Chief Executive of Bath Festivals, said: ‘I am delighted to be working with Professor Breakwell. Her experience will be invaluable and I’m looking forward to the new opportunities that her enthusiasm and energy will undoubtedly open up for all festivals across Bath & North East Somerset’.

Nod Knowles also paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman of Bath Festivals Trust, Chris Shepley, who has overseen a period of considerable change, including his own appointment, that of Joanna MacGregor as Artistic Director, and the City of Festivals partnership.

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