NEW DIRECTOR TAKES THE HELM FOR CREU CYMRU
Creu Cymru, the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales. is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Miles Payne as their new Director. Established in 2001 through an initiative by the sector, Creu Cymru nurtures and supports a vibrant, sustainable and flourishing network of venues across Wales. Louise will succeed Nick Banwell who retired in 2019.
Louise has a wealth of experience in the arts sector, having previously worked as Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre, as Senior Programme Manager for UpRising, a national youth leadership development charity and as a freelance creative producer. Prior to joining Creu Cymru Louise worked in Enterprise at Cardiff University where her role in the Enterprise and Start Up team was to work with a range of internal and external colleagues to develop and deliver creative ways to build networks, communities and new activities around enterprise and entrepreneurship across the University.
As a previous trustee and Chair of Creu Cymru Louise is aware of the incredible variety of work that the venue sector undertakes, and the responsibility to open up access to the arts across Wales. Louise said: “Joining Creu Cymru as Director feels like coming home. I loved being part of Creu Cymru as a trustee and Chair and am thrilled about becoming Director.
I’m excited about being part of shaping the future of not just the organisation but the arts scene in Wales. There is so much potential to be achieved, building on the great work already taken place over the years and moving into the future. I look forward to meeting colleagues new and old from across the sector to work together on this exciting new chapter”.
Whilst with Wales Millennium Centre, Louise was tasked with producing and the artistic programming in the theatrical spaces, site specific locations on and off site, over 500 free performances a year, festival programming and special projects such as WOW – Women of the World Festival and WMC’s 10th Anniversary highlight event ‘Ar Waith Ar Daith’. She has also worked as Arts Development Officer at the Cwmparc Arts Project in Treorchy where she was responsible for expanding, developing and promoting the use of the Parc Hall Theatre and for delivering a specific performing arts programme offering children, youth and adult arts activities.
Louise is passionate about enabling charities to fulfil their potential and has sat on the boards for WEN Wales, and Carlson Dance Company. Originally from Swindon Louise moved to Wales in 1999. She lives in Cardiff with her wife and son. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, baking and gameshows (taking part in and watching!).
Geoff Cripps, Chair of Creu Cymru said: “I am delighted to welcome Louise as our new Director and to express the heartfelt thanks of all of the Board and staff to Arts Council of Wales for their financial investment which has made this recruitment possible. We are excited to work with our new Director to remodel and repurpose our organisation to deliver on behalf of our whole current membership and to win the support of new members in due course.”
Louise will take on her new role in 4th May 2020.