Bath Festivals has made two new appointments to its senior team: Ian Stockley is to join as chief executive and Clare Jack as director of development in April.
Initially a trustee, Stockley has also chaired the strategic advisory group looking at the future direction of Bath Festivals. Following his early career as a classical singer, Stockley moved into marketing and in 2000 launched the Bristol-based marketing agency Indicia.
“I am delighted to accept this challenge and look forward to working with our outstanding team", Stockley said. "We will be at the leading edge of festivals around the world, highly visible in the city, appealing to audiences of all kinds, reaching people who might not otherwise have access to the arts, and above all pushing the boundaries of what a festival can do.”
Clare Jack makes the move from Wiltshire Music Centre where she held the role of executive director for six years overseeing a "significant" development and fundraising budget. She joins Bath Festivals as development director, responsible for leading, developing and adapting fundraising and development strategy in order to financially support the business.
Jack said: “I am delighted to be joining Bath Festivals in this exciting new role. The Bath Festival has positioned itself in a really innovative way with a great vision for the future. I’m looking forward to helping deliver this exciting programme and to working on the ever popular Bath Children’s Literature Festival.”
Chair of Bath Festivals, John Cullum, said: “From a strong selection of candidates for both roles, Ian and Clare stood out and I’m delighted to welcome them to the team. They both bring a remarkable combination of skills and passion that will help drive our festivals forward. Ian is incredibly commercially minded, having built a highly successful marketing agency. He also brings a deep love and understanding of music from his early career as a classical singer. Clare brings with her many years of experience in developing programmes of world-class classical, folk, jazz and world music artists. Her industry knowledge and connections are a real asset. With Ian’s leadership and guidance, Bath Festivals will not only be at the forefront of literature and music events, but will encourage exciting new ways of bringing experiences to our audiences.”
Both Stockley and Jack join Bath Festivals on 3rd April 2017.