The president of UK Theatre and driving force behind Engish Touring Theatre, Rachel Tackley, has been announced as the new executive director of Chichester Festival Theatre. She succeeds Alan Finch who is stepping down this autumn.
Rachel has been director and CEO of ETT since 2008, and, in June, she will end a six-year tenure as president of UK Theatre, the leading membership organisation for theatre and the performing arts. She will join the CFT team in September, sharing the leadership of the theatre with its new artistic director Daniel Evans.
Sir William Castell, CFT chairman, said: “The board and I could not be more delighted that Rachel Tackley will be Chichester Festival Theatre’s new executive director.
“She brings outstanding leadership experience, both at English Touring Theatre, where she has produced excellent new and classic work in the UK and internationally, and as President of UK Theatre, where her commitment, vision and advocacy for regional theatre has been remarkable.
“I am confident that she and our new artistic director, Daniel Evans, will be a formidable team to lead CFT into its next chapter”.
Prior to her current roles Rachel was a freelance producer and head of programming for the Ambassador Theatre Group. She has run several theatres including, most recently, Milton Keynes Theatre.
Said Rachel: “Chichester Festival Theatre has become a by-word for excellence and ambition and I am thrilled and honoured to be the next executive director.
“I look forward to working with Daniel Evans and the extraordinary team in Chichester to lead the company through its next exciting phase. I relish this opportunity to build on the company’s success and to develop the significant contribution that it makes to theatre regionally, nationally and internationally”.
Alan Finch, who leaves Chichester in September along with current artistic director Jonathan Church, added: “It’s marvellous news that Rachel will be taking up the reins of this wonderful organisation.
“She brings genuine passion and skill for both the creative producing side of the role and the executive and administrative strategy. I know that she will be warmly welcomed by Chichester’s staff, artistic company, audiences and wider community”.