Two new appointments at Buxton Opera House

buxtonpairHigh Peak Theatre Trust, which operates Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, has made two senior appointments which strengthen the strategic and operational management of the organisation.

Sarah Kell, right, has been appointed to the post of programme manager, joining the company with many years of experience as a booking agent and general manager for high quality touring drama.

Susanne Howe, left, has been recruited to the post of financial controller, drawing on extensive accountancy experience in commerce, social housing, and local government in the High Peak.

Chief executive Simon Glinn said, “Sarah and Susanne are important appointments for Buxton Opera House as they bring extensive experience and add to the leadership and depth that are driving our transformation and organisational development.

“With Sarah’s knowledge of the real economics of touring theatre and Susanne’s commercial background we are able to develop as a financially astute and resilient cultural organisation presenting excellent programmes and producing festivals across our magnificent venues.”

Before taking the post of programme manager Sarah Kell has been director of a Wardour Street-based company, Sarah Kell Ltd, since 2008, prior to which she was general manager of The Booking Office. In both of these roles she was responsible for booking, as agent, touring theatre into regional No. 1 theatres. Sarah also has experience of general management of both theatres and theatre companies, and served as a local authority arts development officer in Lincolnshire. In Buxton her role will include the management of the learning and participation team, which runs Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre’s Young Company.

Susanne Howe is a Buxtonian who began her accountancy career with High Peak Borough Council, going on to be the finance manager of High Peak Community Housing. She then served seven years in commerce with Baseefa Ltd, specialists in explosive atmosphere certification. This independent local company was bought out in 2011 by SGS Group and Susanne continued her role with them until recently. She enjoys a high profile in Buxton having previously been chair of Buxton Ladies Circle.

Both roles report directly to chief executive Simon Glinn, who joined the organisation last September after eleven  years as executive director of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.