The new head of Creu Cymru has been announced, following the departure of Deborah Keyser to take up the post of Director of Tŷ Cerdd.
Creu Cymru’s new Director is Nick Banwell who is best known in the arts world as the manager of the Borough Theatre at Abergavenny.
Since graduating with an MA in Theatre and Media Production from Hull University, Nick has worked at all scales of theatre from the commercial touring circuit, through regional repertory theatre to TIE/Community touring.
Whilst running the Borough Theatre Abergavenny, Nick has been a board member of the Independent Theatre Council as well as a member the old Arts Council Wales Dance Panel and SE Wales Area Committee. He has been a board member of Creu Cymru over many years and was the first chair of the Inventive Promoter Group and currently a co-chair of the Drama Consortium.
Nick says of his new role: “I believe this is one of the most exciting opportunities to work in the arts, not just in Wales, but in the UK. Creu Cymru is an organisation that succeeds through the energy of its members, their willingness and commitment to developing the range and quality of work for all the people of Wales, and their enthusiasm for developing relationships with theatres and arts centres, companies and performers. I am thrilled with my appointment to lead Creu Cymru at this time and aim to continue to build on the success that the organisation has enjoyed under my predecessor Deborah Keyser.”
Louise Miles-Payne, Chair of Creu Cymru said “We are delighted to have Nick on board as Director. Over the years he has been an extremely active Creu Cymru member, so I feel confident that the transition into Director will be an easy one for him to take on. Although Deborah is a hard act to follow, I’m sure that Nick is more than capable of rising to the challenge. On behalf of the Board we look forward to welcoming him to this key role in the organisation, and would like to take this opportunity to thank Deborah for her excellent service and to wish her all the best in her new role.”