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Search begins for new chief executive of Eden Court Theatre in Inverness with salary of £95,000 for right candidate


By Val Sweeney

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The search is on for a new chief executive of Eden Court Theatre.
The search is on for a new chief executive of Eden Court Theatre.

Eden Court Theatre in Inverness has started the search for a new chief executive with the post commanding a salary of up to £95,000 a year.

It follows the announcement that James Mackenzie-Blackman is leaving in December after almost four years in charge to return.

He is returning to his home town in order to head up the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

In launching the search for his replacement, the board of Eden Court states: "This is an exceptional opportunity at a pivotal moment in our history."

The salary is advertised at between £85,000 and £95,000 dependent on skills and experience.

Eden Court includes two theatres, two multi-purpose studios, two cinemas and three exhibition spaces plus bars, a restaurant and a shop.

The briefing pack for the role states: "The successful candidate will be a proven leader in the cultural sector with experience of managing significant budgets and teams, the ability to balance artistic vision and innovation with commercial imperatives, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a genuine commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and the willingness to play an important role in the civic life of Inverness and beyond."

James Mackenzie-Blackman is leaving in December.
James Mackenzie-Blackman is leaving in December.

It also highlights the impact of the pandemic on the venue, stating that in normal times there would be about 200 staff on the payroll.

This had now been reduced to about 110 with a recognition that some departments will need to be rebuilt.

Eden Court believes there is an urgent need to increase its theatre’s 840 seating capacity as well as upgrade its technical infrastructure.

The venue also aims to develop a "destination dining offer".

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday, September 27.


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