Clare Lovett has been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of theatre company Out of Joint.
Clare founded her arts engagement consultancy First Penguin in 2015, with clients including the Royal Opera House, Hofesh Shechter Company and Barking & Dagenham Council. Prior to this she was Programme Director for Learning & Participation at Spitalfields Music, and served as the organisation’s interim Chief Executive. She founded Musical Rumpus, an opera series for the under 3s which has toured nationally and internationally, and she has worked with The Place, London Philharmonic Orchestra, PRS Foundation/Capital of Culture Hull, NESTA and Arts Council England.
Clare said of her appointment: “It has been inspiring to get to know Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg and to see her ambitious and tantalising plans for the company. The company is in a transitional phase, and we are in the process of putting together an experienced and passionate governance team. I look forward to working with Kate and Exective Producer Martin Derbyshire, and to playing my part in shaping a future for a company whose work is so vital to our nation’s theatres and audiences.”
Among others joining Out of Joint’s board will be Helen Boaden, former Director of BBC Radio and BBC News; Kim Lassemillante, Head of Finance at English National Ballet; and Charlie Thompson, solicitor at Harbottle & Lewis and a specialist in employment law. They join current board members Elizabeth Brenan, Danny Sapani and Aradhna Tayal.
Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director, welcomed Clare’s appointment: “I am delighted to be working with Clare and our board at this exciting time at Out of Joint. We have responded to our recent challenges by bringing new voices into the organisation, including an employment lawyer and a finance expert, to join valued long-standing board members. Together we are looking to the future, planning to make more work than ever before, bringing great writing to audiences throughout the UK.”
Martin Derbyshire, Executive Producer, said: “After a year of success on stage and uncertainty off, it’s fantastic to start this new funding cycle with a reinvigorated board of directors led by Clare. With new artistic leadership and a new Chair, I believe this will be an exciting next chapter in the Out of Joint story and I can’t wait to deliver our vision around the country. We offer a great thanks to the outgoing board members, and in particular our former Chair Iain Gillie, for their service to the company.”