A FORMER partnership manager at Capita plc has been appointed chief executive of the Grand Opera House.
Mary-Clare Deane, who is from Belfast, led a public/private partnership in West Sussex as partnership director at the outsourcing firm. She has also worked in the public sector.
Stephen Prenter, chairman of the Grand Opera House, said: "As the Grand Opera House moves towards its 125th Anniversary in 2020, Mary-Clare brings the necessary experience, skills and commitment to lead the organisation through a sustained period of development and investment that will continue to enrich lives in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland."
Ms Deane replaces Gerry McGinn, a former managing director of First Trust. Ms Deane said: "I am delighted to be returning to Northern Ireland to lead such an iconic and culturally significant organisation."
The new appointment was also welcomed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.