27th Jan 2020 in Arts

Cathedral Quarter Trust (CQT), the charity with a mission to champion the artistic, cultural and heritage-focused regeneration of Belfast’s iconic Cathedral Quarter are delighted to announce the appointment of Anne McReynolds, Chief Executive of the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), as the new Chair of the Trust. Anne takes over from Paul McErlean, who had previously been Chair since 2012.

Marking her appointment, Anne McReynolds said:

‘This is a hugely exciting time to be taking over as Chair of the Cathedral Quarter Trust. The Trust has just launched a new Strategic Development Plan taking us forward over the coming years. At the same time the Cathedral Quarter itself is at the centre of an unparalleled amount of change and development and the next period will be critical in determining how the area moves forward. As Chief Executive of the MAC, the cultural cornerstone of the Quarter, I will work hard to ensure that the significant contribution the arts, creative and heritage sectors make to the area is recognised and supported.’

CQT Director Susan Picken commented:

“We are immensely grateful to Paul McErlean, our outgoing Chair, for the huge amount of energy and commitment he has put into the Trust and the Cathedral Quarter area over many years. He has been instrumental in the success of the Trust and will be much missed.

Looking to the future I am absolutely delighted that Anne has agreed to be the new Chair of CQT. Anne has been a long-standing member of the Cathedral Quarter Trust Board, and is a passionate advocate for Arts and Culture in the Cathedral Quarter. Anne’s wealth of experience and dynamism will be an invaluable asset in helping CQT achieve our exciting plans for the future including a new vision for Culture Night, our flagship event.”

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