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Arts & Business Scotland’s Chief Executive to retire

Arts & Business Scotland has announced that Chief Executive, Barclay Price will retire at the end of March 2013.

Barclay joined Arts & Business Scotland in 2001 as Chief Executive having been Depute Director of the Scottish Arts Council since 1997. His career has spanned employment in a bank; setting up and performing in a community-based theatre company; supporting the creation of small craft businesses; developing cultural policy; and engaging business with the arts. He is currently a Board Member of Creative Scotland and has just successfully funded his first novel through crowd-funding.

Arts & Business Scotland engineers funding and expertise for the arts and sustains and increases business support and individual giving for the cultural sector.

Barclay Price said: “After more than eleven years as Chief Executive of this great organisation, and having overseen the demerger from the UK structure in November 2011 that established Arts & Business Scotland as an independent Scottish charity, I believe that now is the right time to step down and allow a new leader to take the organisation forward. I am proud of the work I have led in helping arts organisations cultivate business and private support, and grateful to my supportive board and exceptional staff team who have ensured the organisation’s success. I know they and my successor will sustain the work of Arts & Business Scotland into the future.”

Jane Ryder, Chair of Arts & Business Scotland said: “ …..Barclay’ s contribution to the development of arts and culture in Scotland over the last 2 decades has been exceptional and Arts & Business Scotland has been truly fortunate to have him at the helm over the last 11 years . As well as the successful initiatives such as the New Arts Sponsorship Scheme, the smooth transition to an independent charity and the platform he has created for Arts & Business to develop our ambitious programme of support for the arts will be an outstanding legacy. We wish him every success in the future “

David Calder has been a broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Before moving to the Caledonian Mercury, he worked for the BBC (national and regional) as well as parts of ITV and the World Service. He worked for prestigious programmes such as The Money Programme, You & Yours, Today and The World at One. He spent two years making mini-documentaries for Radio 5 Live and was a regular correspondent for CBC (Radio Canada). He was a regular reporter on various news and current affairs programmes on BBC Scotland as well as producing or presenting (sometimes both) science, legal affairs and arts programmes. As well as his contributions to the Caledonian Mercury, he is also a freelance producer in Scotland for the satellite channel, Al Jazeera.