Aberdeen Performing Arts announce changes to Leadership Team as excellence and dedication recognised

Left to Right: Andy Kite, Matt Godfrey and Grace Arthur in the Music Hall auditorium

ABERDEEN Performing Arts have announced changes to their leadership team, recognising the strength and expertise of the team with promotions for members of staff, reflecting opportunities in the organisation for professional and personal development. 

Following an interim period, the charitable organisation which runs His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and the Lemon Tree has announced that Andy Kite will assume the position of Head of Marketing and Communications, while Grace Arthur will move into the role of Head of Customer Engagement. 

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In addition, Matt Godfrey, previously Head of Finance and Sustainability, will transition into a newly established role as Director of Finance and Commercial. This move serves to formalise Matt’s ongoing leadership across Aberdeen Performing Arts’ trading and hospitality functions, while also encompassing the company’s sustainability strategy, supported by a dedicated Green team.

Andy has worked for Aberdeen Performing Arts for 13 years, joining in 2010 before becoming Marketing Manager in 2014, and helped to steer the company through 18 months of closure during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Grace has worked for Aberdeen Performing Arts for six years, having previously worked at His Majesty’s Theatre as a Dresser and has risen through the ranks in just a few years.

Matt joined the team in 2022, and since then has made an impressive impact, leading on sustainability initiatives and providing a steady focus on income generation.

Chief Executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts, Sharon Burgess, said: “It’s incredibly rewarding to see dedicated, skilful individuals being recognised and promoted within our organisation.  Their respective transitions to Head of Marketing and Communications, Head of Customer Engagement, and Director of Finance and Commercial mark a significant step in our strategic organisational development. 

“Recognising and advancing our skilled personnel not only reinforces the internal framework of our organisation but also substantively supports the ongoing stability and future-directed growth of Aberdeen Performing Arts.” 

Completing the Leadership Team of Sharon, Andy, Grace and Matt are Director of People, Faye Barron, Director of Programming and Creative Engagement, Ben Torrie, Head of Creative Engagement, Susan Whyte and Head of Technical and Operations, Ross Sims.

The changes will come into effect on Wednesday, November 1.

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