24 April, 2008 – New board members tipped to take Urbis to the top
With visitor numbers at record highs, and a year of ambitious exhibitions ahead, Urbis is proud to welcome a number of new faces to its Board.
The new members join Dave Moutrey, who has been with MQT since its inception in 2002. He will now be accompanied by Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy (Director, Inspiring Connections and Principal, Olivia Henry Associates, Niche Event Management) and Steven Grant (Assistant Director of Human Resources University of Manchester).
Colin Sinclair, (Chief Executive, MIDAS) who joined the board in 2007, has also been promoted to Deputy Chairman of The Millennium Quarter Trust Ltd (MQT), the non-profit organisation responsible for the governance of Urbis. This combination of business and commercial acumen will undoubtedly help take Urbis to a new level of achievement.
“I am thrilled to be serving on the board of the Trust which governs Urbis. The creative, cultural and digital offering is key to decision makers’ perception of Manchester. Indeed the growing contribution of these sectors to our economy makes my Urbis role a natural fit – both with my own background and MIDAS’ objectives. Urbis is an iconic building with a rolling programme of content about cities. It is a vibrant and important part of the life of our city and helps us promote Manchester as a world-leading business location.”
Sinclair’s previous career history demonstrates his diversity and experience: he was the entrepreneur behind the legendary Boardwalk Club where many of Manchester’s legendary ‘Madchester bands’ cut their teeth, had a successful management and marketing career in the music industry with Factory and then Virgin Records, and owned bars and clubs.
Sinclair joins two other new colleagues Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy, an experienced Events Management Director, who brings her strong commercial background to the Board and significant legal expertise, accumulated in both the public and private sector. Hughes-Lundy also currently serves on the Advertising Advisory Committee. She has comprehensive knowledge of Regulatory regimes within Financial Services, Broadcasting and the Charity sector, built up over 20 years and is a regular contributor to Radio 4’s You and Yours.
Steven Grant is an HR expert and also the Assistant Director of Human Relations at Manchester University, where he specialises in (workforce development, community engagement and employee benefits), which employs over 11,000 staff members. As an HR specialist with a focus on team building and organisation review, he brings a new expertise in people and performance management to the board. Steven has also been appointed by the Secretary of State for Employment to the Committee for the Employment of Disabled People, and more recently as Human Resources Consultant to the Royal Northern College of Music.
Dave Moutrey was appointed to Chair in December 2007 and has been Director of Cornerhouse, Greater Manchester’s international centre for cinema and contemporary visual art since April 1998. Prior to this he was Director of Arts About Manchester for over six years during which time he was also Director of Marketing for Manchester City of Drama 1994.
“Urbis is going from strength to strength, and it is important that its ambitions and achievements are reflected by a new board structure that can guide Urbis through the next phase of its development. MQT’s board now has a strong base of some of the best business and creative minds in the city that will help Urbis achieve its commercial objectives as well as its cultural ones. I am very much looking forward to pushing forward with the Urbis team for the coming years ahead.”