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New chairman of Arts Council John Edmund brings wealth of marketing know-how

By Staff Reporter

The new chairman of the board of the Arts Council is consultant and marketing professional John Edmund.

Mr Edmund, who takes over from Bob Collins, begins his term of up to four years in the new year.

As well as travel and expenses, the position attracts £10,000 for a minimum 40-day year - around £250 a day.

Mr Edmund was chairman of the Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission when it folded in 2009 because of an irreconcilable split among board members.

Welcoming the appointment, Arts Minister Paul Givan said: "I am pleased to make this appointment as Mr Edmund brings a wealth of skills and experience, as well as a passion for the arts, to the board of the Arts Council NI.

"The organisation plays a crucial role in encouraging our society to access and to become fully involved in arts and culture, and I am confident that Mr Edmund will lead the Arts Council NI in progressing and developing the arts."

In tribute to outgoing chairman Mr Collins, the minister said: "I would like to personally thank Bob for the leadership, vision and commitment that he has given to the organisation and I wish him well for the future."

Mr Edmund is a strategic planning and organisational development consultant, and a marketing professional.

Apart from his former role at the NI Music Industry Commission, he is also a former worldwide chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, vice-president of the European Marketing Confederation and director of the Odyssey Trust Co Ltd.

Mr Edmund has no other public appointments and has undertaken no political activity during the past five years.

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