New Chair and Ambassador Patron for FACT

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Alexis Redmond is to become Ambassador Patron
Sarah Fisher is appointed Chair of FACT

FACT’s reputation for innovation extends to the organisation’s management structure as two major changes are announced: the appointment of an Ambassador Patron together with a new Chair of the organisation’s board.

Alexis Redmond is to become Ambassador Patron

Alexis Redmond moves to a new role as Ambassador Patron from her former role as Trustee and a new benefactor to FACT. This volunteer role formalises the work Alexis has done over the past 12 months as a Trustee, advising on the organisation’s business and finance structures, and developing a new and innovatory benefactor scheme. It is hoped that this scheme may provide a model for other arts organisations like FACT looking to boost reduced funding levels.

A qualified chartered accountant, Alexis was originally at Arthur Andersen before helping build Mersey Television into the UK’s biggest independent drama production company best known for producing the highly successful television series Brookside and Hollyoaks for Channel Four, and Grange Hill for the BBC. Her considerable media experience, public sector non-executive roles, advocacy and community relations will be a great asset to FACT.

Alexis Redmond said:
“The perception of accountants is frequently ill-informed and, because of that, the creative industries too often flounder through a simple lack of good solid straight-forward advice. Accountancy is an enabling, not a restrictive function. The art in crunching the numbers is in knowing exactly what everything costs and therefore what you can achieve within those costs – whether you can achieve your vision within the budget. And if not, then offering solutions as to how that vision may be achieved.

“The hope is that this new scheme will give confidence to other benefactors”

Sarah Fisher appointed Chair of FACT

A committed supporter of FACT and media arts, Sarah brings with her more than 20 years of experience working in the visual arts, most recently as Head of Visual Arts at Arts Council England, North West, where she took the strategic lead for two national priority areas: Digital Opportunities and Visual Arts.

Sarah Fisher will be supported by a welcome addition to the leadership, Trustee Barney Leaf who will join Mark Thomas as Vice Chair. Sir Drummond Bone (2004 -2010) steps down as Chair but remains committed to FACT and will remain on the Board in a Trustee role.

Sarah Fisher said:
“I’m both honoured and excited to join the FACT team. FACT is all about creativity, innovation and ideas that touch our lives and challenge our sense of what is or could be.  This dynamism echoes the energy in Liverpool City itself and has enabled FACT to connect with similar leaders from all over the world.”

Mike Stubbs, Director/CEO of FACT said:
“I would like to offer my personal thanks to Drummond for his vital work with the organisation over the last six years. Drummond has been a key driver in securing FACT’s position as a world-class arts organisation in a world-class city of culture and we are delighted he has chosen to remain with the FACT board in a Trustee capacity.

“We are deeply honoured to receive Sarah as our Chair. One of the North’s greatest cultural advocates and an artist herself, Sarah brings a breadth of knowledge of the sector and policy agendas. The arts face challenging times ahead and having Sarah with us will ensure FACT moves forward stronger and wiser.

“Above all I would like to also thank Alexis for the work she has done with FACT over the past 12 months and to re-emphasise how delighted I am that she has not only developed such an innovatory benefactor’s scheme, but that she has also agreed to become our Ambassador Patron.

”I feel FACT is now in a great position to survive the worst of the financial storms and look forward to taking us on to greater things. Innovation and great networking is at the heart of everything we do.”

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