Belfast Telegraph

Best seat in the house for new Grand Opera House chief executive Mary-Clare Deane

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.

Belfast Telegraph