Manchester International Festival appoints Chief Operating Officer to lead on business planning and operation of The Factory.

Previous experience includes leadership roles at MCFC, Everton FC and Rugby League

Alex Byars is to be the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Manchester International Festival (MIF), leading on business development and operation of flagship new cultural venue The Factory. Delivered in partnership with Manchester City Council, The Factory will be run year-round by MIF.

Alex comes to the organisation from the Rugby Football League, where he was Strategic Consultant, following appointments at Everton FC, Manchester City FC and Deloitte. He takes up the COO role at the end of February 2018.

This new role is a key part of the expanded executive team, which will be steering the organisation through a period of unprecedented growth as The Factory takes shape.

 

John McGrath, Artistic Director and CEO, Manchester International Festival and The Factory: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Alex to the MIF team at this exciting time of transition. As our new Chief Operating Officer, Alex will be concentrating on business planning for The Factory, and getting us ready for the year-round challenge of running this extraordinary new space.  His wide-ranging experience in the world of sport and finance will be a fantastic addition to the company’s skills.’

Alex Byars:As a biennial festival, MIF has quickly established itself as a key live event in the international cultural calendar. I am delighted to be joining MIF at this exciting time, to help lead and develop the organisation as it plans and prepares for the opening and operation of Factory.’

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:Alex’s appointment comes at a key moment in the development of The Factory – which will be far more than just another arts venue.  With an economic impact that will be considerable – creating or supporting 1,500 full-time jobs and adding £1.1 billion to the city’s economy over a decade – The Factory will both entertain and train people of all ages, and will provide a world-class space for people to meet, exchange ideas and learn new skills.’

Alex Byars’ appointment follows a number of new additions to the MIF board. MIF is currently recruiting at all levels, for details visit mif.co.uk/jobs

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