Horsecross Arts has appointed Gwilym Gibbons as its new chief executive.

With over twenty years experience in the arts in Scotland, most recently as Director of Shetland Arts where he was credited with delivering the major capital project, the £14m Mareel Cinema in Lerwick, Gwilym has worked in venue, festival and partnership management across public, private and community sectors.

Gwilym, who will take up the post in January, takes over from interim chief executive, Colin McMahon, who has secured the financial stability of Horsecross Arts since joining the organisation in October 2013.

Magnus Linklater, Chair of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:

“I welcome the appointment of Gwilym Gibbons as the new Chief Executive of Horsecross Arts, and look forward to working with him to develop our plans for the future of Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre. Gwilym comes with 20 years of experience in the arts world in Scotland, most recently as Director of Shetland Arts, which has seen the successful delivery of a major capital project, the £14 million Mareel Cinema in Lerwick. As we too embark on the development of the new Perth Theatre, his experience will be invaluable to us.

Gwilym’s knowledge of the theatre and music scene will enable us to build on our successful programme of concerts and shows, both in the Concert Hall, and at different venues across Perth and Kinross, during the period when the theatre is closed for restoration and redevelopment. From next month's pantomime at the Concert Hall and on into an exciting series of new shows in the New Year, our aim will be to reach out to audiences of all ages.

Gwilym will be taking over the running of Horsecross early next year from its present Chief Executive, Colin McMahon, who hands on a company that is financially stable and which enjoys the confidence and support of Perth and Kinross Council. We are enormously grateful to Colin for all he has achieved.”

Gwilym said:

"I'm delighted to be joining and leading the Horsecross team at such an exciting time in the organisation's development. I am very much looking forward to building on the success of Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre to date, working with the communities, audiences and wider stakeholders Horsecross serves."