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Published: 16 May 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Sheena Wrigley

Manchester International Festival has appointed four new board members and a venue director as the organisation prepares to move from a biennial festival (this year from July 1–18) to The Factory, a year-round home of art, music and culture.

Sheena Wrigley joins the organisation as venue director, bringing years of experience in theatre and the cultural sector in leadership roles and as a producer. Previous roles have included director of the Palace Theatre & Opera House, Manchester, chief executive of West Yorkshire Playhouse and executive director of HOME in Manchester. Sheena will take up her new post in September.

The new MIF board members are from sport, media, visual arts and brand management: Gary Neville—one of the most decorated English players of all time; Grace Ladoja who works across artist, brand and youth partnerships, management and curation; Ibrahim Mahama, a visual artist whose work explores commodity, migration, globalisation and economic exchange; and Shaminder Nahal, commissioning editor at Channel 4.