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Chris Lawson takes over at The Dukes

Chris Lawson,  new Dukes Lancaster CEO.  Pic: Gabi Dawkins
Chris Lawson, new Dukes Lancaster chief. Pic: Gabi Dawkins

Former Oldham Coliseum artistic director Chris Lawson has been appointed chief executive at Lancaster's The Dukes. He takes up the job in January

Chris arrives at the multi-purpose arts centre from his most recent role, at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, where he was director of producing and programming.

Before that he had spent eight years at the Coliseum, joining in 2015 as associate director, later becoming artistic director and CEO from 2018 until the venue closed in March, following the withdrawal of its Arts Council grant.

He said: "I'm utterly delighted to be joining the Dukes. The importance of the organisation to the region and the potential for this to continue to grow is evident. I know the Dukes both as an artist touring work here and as an audience member. It is an honour to take up the role of CEO." Roddy Gauld, chair of the Dukes, said: "Chris brings a fantastic reputation as a leader, producer and director, and impressed us with his experience and his drive to connect the Dukes with communities, artists and audiences from Lancaster and beyond. The trustees are sure that under his leadership, the Dukes will thrive." Chris will succeed Karen O’Neill, who left earlier this year to join HOME in Manchester as executive director.


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