Jo confirmed as Northampton venues’ chief executive

Published: 17 November 2018
Reporter: Steve Orme

Jo Gordon has been appointed chief executive of the trust which runs Northampton’s Royal and Derngate and The Core at Corby Cube.

She joined Royal and Derngate as director of marketing and sales ten years ago and was appointed interim chief executive on the departure of Martin Sutherland earlier in 2018.

Gordon said, “I’m proud to have played a part in the inspiring achievements of the last ten years and I’m properly thrilled to be able to build on these as chief executive.

“We have a remarkable team which is rightly proud of our work, impact and reputation. The role of the arts in our communities has never been more crucial and I look forward to developing important local and national partnerships even further to help our county, my home and where I am raising my family to thrive.”

Steve Edmonds, chair of Royal and Derngate, commented, “after a rigorous recruitment process, Jo’s commitment to the venues and her detailed understanding of the complex ecosystem of regional theatre really shone through, as did her proven commercial acumen and excellent leadership style.

“In the current climate, venues not only have a responsibility to be light on their feet with strategy and innovation, but to influence on a national level. We’re thrilled that Jo has agreed to lead us through our next phase.”

Gary Tait, chair of The Core at Corby Cube, added, “Jo’s intricate knowledge of the diverse audiences of Northamptonshire, her passion for inspiring teams and her personal commitment to putting culture firmly at the heart of this county make her the ideal choice for the role of chief executive.”