Former Mayor to lead Culture Company

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Former Mayor of Derry Martin Bradley has been tasked with the job of spearheading the city as UK City of Culture.

It was announced yesterday that the current Chair of Derry Theatre Trust and Head of Health and Social Care Pension Services, has been appointed Chair of the city’s Culture Company 2013.

Mr Bradley, who has extensive connections with the arts community, is also the currently Chair of Ormeau Baths Gallery and Craft Northern Ireland. He was awarded an MBE in December 2007 for services to the arts in the North.

Mr Bradley will take over from interim chairman of the body, Declan McGonagle, next month.

He said he was honoured to accept the role, adding that he hopes to build on the “excellent foundations” already laid.

“I am immensely proud of this city. I hope to be able to raise awareness of the amazing contribution we are making and also ensure that there will be a lasting legacy for all.

“We are punching well above our weight in talent and I look forward to helping ensure that we are showcased on an international stage and indeed accessible for the rest of the world to visit. We have much to do and much to look forward to.”

Mr McGonagle said: “I am happy that the ground work is now in place for a new chair and board to develop further towards 2013 and beyond.

“Martin has excellent credentials for the job”.