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Ros Robins, Midlands Arts Centre Credit: Will Pace 2024

Midlands Arts Centre is delighted to announce Ros Robins as our new Chair of the Board. Ros will officially move into her new role from autumn 2024.

Ros has over 40 years’ experience of working in the arts sector, and has supported theatre and dance companies across the West Midlands and nationally as an advisor and mentor specialising in organisational change and development.

Having gained significant experience managing the regional producing theatres Everyman Theatre (Liverpool) and Birmingham Rep, Ros joined Arts Council England in 2000 and become Regional Director for the West Midlands, chairing the Cultural Olympiad Board in 2012. She became Transition Director on the award-winning re-opening of the Everyman Theatre and most recently was Executive Director of Dance Consortium. Ros is a Director of Impact Dance and was formally Chair of the Board of Pentabus Theatre Company.

In her new role, Ros will be responsible for the leadership of MAC’s Board of Trustees, managing its effectiveness in supporting the development and strategic direction of the arts charity.

Ros says:“I am delighted and proud to become the Chair of MAC. Since joining and becoming Vice Chair in 2023, I have had the privilege of working alongside current Chair Mary Martin and look forward to continuing her excellent work supporting the senior team at MAC. As is the case for so many of Birmingham's residents, MAC has played a key role in my life since being a student in the city in the 1970s. The organisation's commitment to enabling creativity to be part of our lives and the welcome MAC extends to everyone is truly inspiring. I feel privileged to support the future of MAC, and to help build on its position as a leading arts organisation and cultural community hub, both in the West Midlands and nationally.”

Deborah Kermode, CEO and Artistic Director at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), says:“We are thrilled to welcome Ros Robins as MAC’s new Chair; her significant in-depth knowledge of the cultural sector, along with her enthusiasm for our arts charity will greatly benefit our work. MAC is proud to have a talented and diverse Board, whose fresh perspectives, solid leadership, and critical thinking hugely strengthen and shape our organisation. We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Mary Martin, who has provided invaluable support and guidance during her time leading our Board.

MAC recently welcomed a number of new Trustees to the organisation, whose extensive experience and expertise will help to shape our ambitious future plans and the strategic direction of the charity. New Board members include Letha Charles (Founder and Director of L Charles Accounting), Selina Brown (CEO and Founder of the Black British Book Festival and Children’s Book Author), and Neil McGowan (Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at Birmingham Airport).

Find out more about MAC's Directors and Trustees.