The Crichton Trust has announced that Gwilym Gibbons will take over as the Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust in Dumfries from April 2018.
Gwilym joins The Crichton Trust following three years as the Chief Executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind the redevelopment and reopening of Perth Theatre and the expansion and revitalisation of the Perth Concert Hall programme.
Talking about his new challenge as Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust Gwilym said: “I am really looking forward to joining The Crichton Trust next April and to building on the achievements and work done to date by staff, board members and partners. I believe The Crichton campus is unique in its combination of arts, academic, heritage, recreation and enterprise. Above all, I am looking forward to working with, listening to and being challenged by all the communities and individuals who are interested in The Crichton and its future, so that we can shape and bring those ideas to fruition.”
Gwilym will take over the reins at The Crichton Trust from Alex Haswell, who has fulfilled his role as Chief Executive since February 2016. Alex will remain in post until the end of April to assist Gwilym with his transition into the role.
Ian Macmillan, chairman of The Crichton Trust Board said: “I am truly delighted to announce Gwilym’s appointment as the new chief executive from April 2018, and I look forward to welcoming him to the Trust in April and, of course, supporting him to deliver our Vision for The Crichton Estate and its partners. At the same time, I wish to acknowledge the extensive contribution Alex has made during his time in the role. We are very fortunate to have had Alex on board to help stabilise the Trust since early 2016. Over the last two years, Alex and his team have strengthened the organisation and Gwilym joins the Trust at an exciting time as we seek to deliver our ambitious plans for the Crichton Estate.”
Alex Haswell said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working for The Crichton Trust. It has been a pleasure to work with The Crichton Trust Board and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them, the management team and colleagues for their hard work and support during my time here. The Crichton Estate is a fantastic location and has so much potential. I wish Gwilym every success in taking the organisation and the Estate forward from here.”
The Crichton Trust has responsibility for the development and management of the Crichton Estate. The 85 acres of beautiful parkland consisting of 27 historic buildings including the iconic A-listed Crichton Memorial Church, is also home to University Campuses, a Business Park with over 70 businesses, a 71-bedroom hotel and the magnificent Easterbrook Hall, which has recently been developed to include Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa.
The Crichton Trust recently welcomed BBC presenter Sally Magnusson and the Tern TV film crew and producer to the Crichton Estate in Dumfries to record BBC One Scotland’s Christmas Celebration.
The Christmas Celebration presented by Sally Magnusson, will be transmitted on Christmas Eve at 11.45pm and will feature music and readings from the Crichton Memorial Church.
Traditional Christmas carols, from Once in Royal David’s City to O Come All Ye Faithful are sung by a congregation gathered from all over Dumfries and Galloway accompanied by Alba Brass. As well as the stories of the birth of Jesus from the Bible, there are modern reflections on what Christmas means today.
The congregation is joined by the Junior Choir of the Royal Conservatoire, Scotland, Dumfries Community Choir, and by singer Emily Smith who is a native of Dumfriesshire.
Viewers can enjoy the Christmas Celebration on BBC One Scotland on Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December), from 11.45pm-12.35am.