ARTS Northern Rivers has new CEO

ARTS Northern Rivers will have a new chief executive officer and regional arts development officer from January.

Peter Wood has been announced as the organisation's new leader after 20 years building experience in the arts and creative industries.

Mr Wood has held senior marketing and communication roles with Company B Belvoir, Sydney Opera House, Historic Houses Trust NSW, Assembly Theatre (Edinburgh) and most recently as the Marketing Director for Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

He has also previously worked at Arts Northern Rivers in the role of Communications and Information officer from 2006 to 2008.

While on the Northern Rivers, Mr Wood worked with the visual arts network coordinator to develop the VAN business plan and with local artists, businesses and local government representatives to support and develop arts and cultural industry activity in the region.

Arts Northern Rivers chair Sue Meehan said she welcomed the diverse skill set that Mr Wood would bring to his new role.

"We are really looking forward to having Peter on board, and excited to work with him in developing and progressing the great work that is already being done in the region by our organisation," she said.

"Arts Northern Rivers has positioned itself as a leader in the design, development and delivery of innovative arts and creative industries programs in Northern NSW.

"We know that Peter will relish the opportunity to further enhance that reputation.

"I'd also like to say thank you to Julie Clark who has been acting in the role for the past six months and who has worked incredibly effectively to get the place ship-shape for the new CEO's arrival.

"Not only has she implemented this year's program, but also laid the foundations for a solid 2012."

Mr Wood said he was looking forward to taking up the post, as was his partner and his dog "who never forgave me for taking her to cold and chilly Melbourne".

Mr Wood will start in his new position on January 9. Julie Clark will is going to Africa for six weeks over Christmas and returning to her role as part time Communications Officer in February.

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