Jacqueline McKay, chief executive officer at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews since 2007, will leave the post at the end of this month to take up a similar appointment with Horsecross Arts in Perth.
She arrived at Scotland’s only five-star theatre following a major artistic and business restructure and has since led a successful and exciting time in creativity, including a diverse artistic programme, the introduction of the Byre@ rural theatre programme and the hugely-successful Inside Out Street Theatre Festival, which attracted massive audiences to the town this summer.
Jacqueline has also been a great supporter of the St Andrews Partnership, most notably this year. when the Byre joined forces with it to win the 2012 Creative Place Award for St Andrews, a major achievement which drew warm praise from all sections of the local community.
She spearheaded the submission to Creative Scotland and the award has involved a year-long programme of cultural events, productions and festivals enhancing both the reputations of the theatre and the town itself, both nationally and internationally.
The Byre itself has created a Fife-wide presence and national recognition for its theatre and creative learning programmes, attracting significant external investment and Jacqueline’s work in fostering relationships between the artistic and business communities has also been recognised with several nominations for national awards in 2010, 2011 and again this year.
Paying tribute to her accomplishments, Byre chairman Dr Frank Quinault said:”When Jacqueline joined the Byre, the Scottish Arts Council had just cut its grant to the theatre by two-thirds. She took the lead in developing and implementing a new strategy that included a much stronger emphasis on education and outreach and was equally successful in identifying new sources of funding.
“Jacqueline leaves the Byre in a strong position as it embarks upon another major change, as part of the new Fife Cultural Trust. She will be a great asset to Perth and Horsecross Arts and we wish her the very best.”
Jacqueline said:”I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the Byre for the past five-and-a-half years, working with an exceptional staff team, supportive board and loyal audience. It is no accident that the Byre is Scotland’s five-star theatre - due to the breadth of its programme, the theatre’s appetite to be innovative and the level of ambition and desire to be at the heart of the community.”