We are delighted to announce the appointment of Janice McGuinness as People United’s new Chief Executive Officer. Janice comes to People United with an incredibly rich and varied background, having worked in arts and culture for over 30 years.
Janice’s career has embraced both large and small organisations, and multiple art forms. She was Assistant Director at Canterbury City Council where she had responsibility for cultural policy, the Marlowe Theatre, the city’s museum service, festivals, and external funding. Before moving to Kent, Janice was Head of Film, Media and Literature at Northern Arts in Newcastle, Director of BAFTA North in Manchester, and CEO of Glasgow Film and Video Workshop. Janice also co-founded the Leeds International Film Festival, which she directed for eight years. Most recently, she has worked as a freelance cultural consultant for Kent-based clients such as Creative Foundation and WhitLit. She is also a Trustee of the Marlowe Theatre and is on the executive board of Kent Cultural Transformation Partnership.
Janice said of her appointment to the role of CEO:
“I am a long-time admirer of People United, an extraordinary organisation that has always remained true to its core values and, through art and creativity, touched the lives of so many people. I am both delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to take on the role of CEO, particularly at a time when People United’s commitment to using the arts and creativity as a catalyst to inspire kindness and social change is needed more than ever.”
People United’s Chair, Steve Moffit said:
“The whole board is delighted to be welcoming Janice as our next Chief Executive. Her experience, enthusiasm and commitment to what we do gives us great confidence that she will build on our existing successes and help create an exciting future for People United.”
We very much look forward to welcoming Janice who will begin to take up her role later in the year.