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Lichfield Festival Director set to take on new role

Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley

The Director of the Lichfield Festival has announced he will be moving to pastures new.

Richard Hawley has been awarded a fellowship as part of the Clore Leadership Programme and revealed on his blog that he would be leaving the Festival to take up a new full-time position.

The Clore Leadership Programme is designed to develop the skills and experience of future leaders in the cultural sector and includes fellowships for a range of cultural fields, including libraries, museums, heritage, and visual and performing arts. Richard has been named a General Fellow, funded by the Cultural Leadership Programme.

As part of the fellowship, Richard will embark on an individually tailored year-long programme of activities which will include a piece of research, intensive leadership courses, mentoring and a major secondment with another cultural organisation.

Richard said:

“I am thrilled to have been offered this extraordinary opportunity, and I very much look forward to strengthening what I have learned during my career to date through an intensive period of personal development. While the festival team is currently focused on delivering this year’s event in a few weeks, I have loved my years at the Lichfield Festival and have enjoyed working with and getting to know the people here.

“The Lichfield Festival is an extraordinary event with an extraordinary future, and I feel privileged to have played a part in that.”

The Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation to strengthen leadership in the cultural sector, announced the 2009/10 Clore Leadership Fellows (19 in total) at a Conference at London’s King’s Place on Thursday 4 June 2009.

Richard was previously Orchestra Manager for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Office Manager for the London Sinfonietta, and Programme Manager with the Australian National Academy of Music.

Lichfield Festival Chairman Nick Sedgwick said:

“The Clore Leadership Programme has obviously recognised the same qualities in Richard that the Lichfield Festival Board recognised when they appointed him in 2004. The Lichfield Festival Board is proud to have identified and cultivated a future leader within Britain’s arts sector, and we wish him all the best with this extraordinary opportunity. Richard will leave the Lichfield Festival after this year’s Lichfield Literature in October 2009.”

The 2009 Lichfield Festival runs from July 9-19 and is supported by principal partner BMW Plant Hams Hall, Lichfield District Council and Arts Council England West Midlands.

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