The new director of Warwick Arts Centre is to be Doreen Foster (above), who returns to her native West Midlands after a stellar career in the arts in London.
Currently deputy director of the Black Cultural Archives, Ms Foster was formerly chief executive of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. Before that she worked at the Arts Council in the capital, overseeing the merger of three separate arts bodies into the new Arts Council of England. She starts in her new post on September1, taking over from Alan Rivett, who has retired.
Ms Foster began her career in the arts as executive director of Kokuma dance company in Birmingham, going on to work as dance officer for the Arts Council in the West Midland. She moved away from the arts temporarily to become executive director of Birmingham Partnership For Change, an organisation dedicated to addressing under-employment in black communities in the city.
Peter Knott, area director at Arts Council England, said: "We are delighted to welcome Doreen Foster as Warwick Arts Centre's new director, with her wealth of experience and genuine passion for the arts, dance and heritage. Alan Rivett leaves a great legacy and we look forward to seeing how Doreen will build on this, engaging with Coventry and Warwickshire's diverse communities and making great arts and culture accessible for all."
Ms Foster said: "I am really excited to be leading Warwick Arts Centre in the next chapter of its life. I look forward to developing Warwick's reputation as a culturally inclusive and creatively ambitious arts centre."