New chairman for Bolton Octagon


From left, Octagon artistic director Lotte Wakeham, new chair Darren Knight and outgoing chair Claire Moreland
From left, Octagon artistic director Lotte Wakeham, new chair Darren Knight and outgoing chair Claire Moreland

Bolton’s Octagon Theatre has appointed Darren Knight as its new chairman of the board, replacing Claire Moreland, who steps down today after five years in the role.

Bolton-based Darren, a board member since 2020, has extensive knowledge of the charity and voluntary support sector. He is currently chief executive of the George House Trust, which provides support to those living with HIV, and was previously CEO at Bolton CVS. The new role, like that of all the theatre’s trustees, is voluntary.

During her time as chairwoman, Claire has seen the Octagon celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017, supported the venue through its £12million redevelopment – including the two years out while the theatre was being redeveloped, and of course the Covid pandemic.

Darren said: “The Octagon is a beloved part of Bolton’s DNA, which champions the local and regional theatre landscape and is dedicated to supporting the needs of its community.

“I hope to continue in the wonderful footsteps of Claire Moreland, who leaves big shoes to fill.”

Claire Moreland added: “Darren brings a tremendous wealth of experience, which will be an invaluable asset to the charity. He has the passion, experience and skills to make a huge difference as the Octagon continues its work to be a world-class artistic, cultural and community hub.”


More info about the Octagon here