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Sage Gateshead Leadership To Change

Wednesday, April 30, 2014   (0 Comments)

Anthony Sargent, CBEIn a year’s time, April 2015, Anthony Sargent (Chair of ISPA’s Board of Directors, 2013-2016) will have completed fifteen years leading Sage Gateshead. By then the admired international centre for music performance and education in the North of England will have completed its 10th birthday celebrations (in December) and be securely launched into their second decade, in their first 10 years having welcomed over 6m visitors; presented more than 4,000 concerts, made 1.5m education connections, and contributed to the region’s economy $500m – six times the entire cost of building Sage Gateshead ten years ago.

On Friday 25th April, after reflecting on the success of Sage Gateshead’s launch and first decade, Anthony announced that he plans to move on from the company in a year’s time (April 2015), as does Katherine Zeserson, Sage Gateshead’s legendary Director of Learning, Training and Participation who has also been with the company since the start. The board of Sage Gateshead (chaired by Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Lord Chancellor in the UK’s last Government) is initiating an international search for a successor leadership, intending to have identified the new team this autumn so there can be a seamless transition of leadership in the first quarter of 2015. Anthony’s ISPA role is unaffected by this move – he plans to remain ISPA’s Chair until the end of his elected term (Jan 2016), passing the torch at that point to Chair Elect Mary Lou Aleskie.

The full press release is available on the official website of Sage Gateshead.

The BBC report on the news, including interviews with 
Anthony Sargent and Katherine Zeserson is available at the following link: