Ex-cul­ture chief to lead arts and busi­ness body

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A FOR­MER Lon­don­derry cul­ture chief has been named the new chair­man of Arts & Busi­ness NI.

Martin Bradley is suc­ceed­ing Dr Joanne Stu­art at the helm of the or­gan­i­sa­tion fol­low­ing her six-year ten­ure.

Mr Bradley is best known for his role as chair­man of Cul­ture Com­pany 2013, the body re­spon­si­ble for pre­sent­ing Lon­don­derry as the first UK City of Cul­ture.

Dr Stu­art was praised for lead­ing the char­ity through a pe­riod in which it broke away from the UK or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mary Nagele, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Arts & Busi­ness NI, de­scribed Dr Stu­art as an “in­spir­ing” chair­man. “Her vast ex­pe­ri­ence, net­works and con­fi­dent di­rec­tion have both guided and strength­ened the or­gan­i­sa­tion — we have grown our mem­ber­ship, raised our pro­file and de­vel­oped and en­hanced our brand,” she said.

“Now six years as an in­de­pen­dent com­pany, we are stronger and deeply rooted within the cul­tural and pri­vate sec­tor.”

Dr Joanne Stu­art is hand­ing over the reins as chair­man of Arts & Busi­ness to Martin Bradley

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