These are exciting times for ArtReach, as we embed our new Arts Council England NPO status; develop the organisation’s governance with a strong new, diverse Board; initiate new strands of artistic and consultancy work; and seek to develop the theme of Journeys Festival International with a year-round JOURNEYS programme.

Supporting and consolidating these changes is an important structural development, that will see our experienced team member, Simon Brown, taking on the role of ArtReach Managing Director from October 2018.

Founding Director, David Hill, will continue in the strategic role of ArtReach Founding Director and Chair, following a transition period through to March 2019. David is supported by an experienced group of Board Members comprising Vice Chair, Anand Bhatt, Azam Mamujee, Vicki Arogundade, Clare Stirzaker and Richard Sykes.

Working to Simon Brown as MD and operational leader, ArtReach now has nine team members based in its main office at LCB Depot in Leicester, including Executive Producers for Journeys Festival International (Maddie Smart) and Night of Festivals (Sam Javid). There are also ArtReach offices in Manchester and Portsmouth from where the company delivers key Festivals and other consultancy and event projects. Consultancy delivery is led by Arts and Heritage Consultant, Lynn Simmonds, whilst the overarching Marketing and Communications Manager is Gary Cicinskas.

We look forward to working with many existing and potential new partners as ArtReach continues to evolve and grow its local, national and international work.