Civic theatre’s chief executive takes a bow

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THE chief executive of a Barnsley theatre has stepped down from his job because of personal reasons, it has been announced.

Fergus Justice-Mills, chief executive at the Civic Theatre, has left his role after a period spent on ‘gardening leave’.

In a statement, Mr Justice-Mills said he was ‘looking forward to exploring new opportunities’.

“I really enjoyed the challenges of working at the Civic, particularly being so closely involved with such an important regional capital development project.

“I am very proud of my achievements, having secured more than £683,000 in grant funding.

“Additionally, having confirmed The Civic as a vital cultural venue in the region was a key highlight.”

He added the winter season will be ‘business as usual’ at the theatre.

Tracey Lalley, chair of Barnsley Civic Enterprise, said Mr Justice-Mills had made ‘significant contributions’ to the town centre theatre.

“We wish him every success in the future,” she added.