Buxton Festival chief to step down

BUXTON Festival’s Chief Executive, Glyn Foley, will retire in August 2012 after 14 successful years in post.

Audiences have tripled to more than 43,000 during Glyn’s tenure and Buxton is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals.

Dame Janet Smith, Buxton Festival’s Chairman, said: “Glyn’s contribution has been immense; he has transformed the Festival both artistically and financially.

“We now begin the search for a new Chief Executive who can build on this success and take the Festival forwards. “This is a very exciting time to join the Festival: we are financially stable, critically acclaimed and well-regarded by our growing audiences.”

In recent years the Festival has expanded to 19 days of intense activity, comprising three Festival opera productions and a total of around 150 events, as well as an education and community programme.