ACE appoints South West chair
Helen Birchenough has been appointed as chair of Arts Council England for the South West.
Birchenough, who is a former chair of both the Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury International Arts Festival has been involved in the arts and education in Wiltshire for 20 years.
She is a trustee of Wiltshire Creative, the organisation created by the merger of the Playhouse theatre and Salisbury Arts Centre.
Birchenough, who has had a career in advertising, is a strong believer in the importance of further education and vocational training, chaired Wiltshire College and heads the education panel at Wiltshire Community Foundation.
She is also a non-executive director of Messums Wiltshire, a pioneering multi- purpose gallery and art centre in a fourteenth century tithe barn in Tisbury.
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