As the news was announced today Keith said: “I was brought in to establish and develop QUAD and having built a highly successful operation I feel that the time is right to move on. This new role at Coventry University is an exciting opportunity for me that makes the most of my skills and experience. I will of course be keeping in touch and will be attending many of the great events QUAD has coming up in the future.”
Keith led QUAD through its opening period and oversaw year on year increases in audience numbers as well as a series of cultural highlights which established QUAD as one of the most innovative and inclusive arts centres in the UK.
He is now taking the position of MD of Coventry University Social Enterprises Ltd in the Spring.
Deputy director of QUAD, Adam Buss, will take over as acting chief executive working alongside artistic director Louise Clements to lead the organisation into its next phase of development.
Adam said: “Keith is leaving us with an exciting opportunity to continue to grow and develop as an organisation. I have developed my own skills and understanding of the business from working closely with Keith for a number of years and feel privileged to have worked with such an inspirational leader for so long.”
QUAD chairman Gordon Mitchell said: “Keith has been the driving force behind much of QUAD’s success and his vision and leadership has enabled QUAD to flourish and to truly become part of Derby’s DNA.
“Under Keith’s leadership QUAD, with key cultural partners, has brought a new dimension to Derby’s renaissance and public life and, created access to arts and culture to all parts of Derby’s community. In Adam and Louise we have two of the UK’s brightest young cultural leaders who will build on the fantastic work undertaken by Keith.”