Phoenix cinema and art centre in Leicester is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Tuckett as its new Chair of Trustees.
Alan is an experienced leader and passionate advocate for adult education as the President of the International Council for Adult Education. He was awarded the OBE for services to adult education in 1995 and lives in Leicester where he is a regular Phoenix customer and contributor to other cultural and educational organisations.
On news of his appointment Alan commented:
“I am thrilled to join the Board of Phoenix cinema and arts centre, and to be able to help with the further development of its dynamic programme of cinema, digital arts and education. I look forward to supporting John Rance and his team, and working co-operatively with the centre’s partners.
“World cinema at its best opens windows on other ways of understanding the world – and in a richly diverse city like Leicester, there can be no more important contribution to mutual understanding. The exciting developments in digital learning, Phoenix’s contributions to Spark and Indian Summer are all evidence of a vibrant and exciting cultural institution, and I can think of no greater delight than working with the Board to help shape its future.”
Alan will lead the Board of 11 experienced Trustees, including seven independent Trustees with business, arts and education backgrounds and 4 members from Phoenix’s founding stakeholders Leicester City Council and De Montfort University.
Alan takes over from Phoenix’s current Chair, Mike Saunderson, who completes his term of office on 18th August. Mike has steered Phoenix’s rising success over the last three years: “It’s been great to work with the Phoenix team and see its contribution to the cultural life of Leicester growing over the last three years. While it is sadly time for me to move on due to a major change in work commitments, I am pleased Phoenix is well placed to continue its development with Alan as its new Chair.”
A charitable organisation, Phoenix has recently enjoyed its busiest 12 months ever with box office income increased by 26%, audiences up 10,000, and trade in the popular Phoenix café bar up by 31%.Phoenix’s CEO, John Rance said: “It is a good time to join Phoenix and we’re looking forward to working with Alan to help build on this success.”