Birthplace Trust chief executive to step down

Dr Diana Owen, chief executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

THE chief executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is to step down from her role next year.

Dr Diana Owen has been at the helm for ten years.

She said: “It has been a real privilege, and a fantastic pleasure, to be at the helm of the UK’s first and oldest conservation charity, promoting the world’s foremost playwright to worldwide audiences today.

“After ten years and the success of the 400th anniversary, I feel that the time is right to hand on the baton and I look forward to seeing the inspiring plans for the future development of our charity come to fruition.”

Peter Kyle, chairman of the trust, added: “Diana has transformed the trust into an inclusive, participative charity that puts Shakespeare and his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon on the world stage.

“She has achieved strong visitor and revenue growth, forged successful partnerships and created new opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy Shakespeare.

“It has been a real pleasure to work with Diana and we wish her great happiness and success in the future.”

Full interview with Dr Owen in this week’s Herald. Download a copy on Thursday morning HERE