We’re delighted that Mark Hollander will be joining us in July as our new Executive Director, as Emma leaves us after four brilliant years in the role.
Mark is currently Senior Manager of Funding Programmes at ACE Yorkshire and is also a writer and (lapsed) actor. When he was first at Arts Council, he was our Drama Officer for several years through a crucial time in the company’s development. We’re enormously lucky to have him on board and are massively excited about working with through the next stage Unlimited’s development.
‘If I was going to leave the Arts Council and return to work directly back in the arts, I had promised myself that it had to be with a company I valued and believed in. Unlimited is just that and more – they create such an open, democratic and invigorating environment for artists and practitioners that there is no question; you just want to bring the best of yourself to working with them.
Though I am aware of and take very seriously the challenges that face the company and all arts organisations over the next few years, I’m also very excited and just a little bit childlike in anticipation of starting with the company and supporting the great projects they have lined up for the coming year.’
Which means, on a sadder note, that Emma will be leaving the company.
Emma has been a brilliant colleague, friend and a dedicated member of the company over the last four years. She is hard working, passionate, committed, loyal, funny and great company both professionally and socially. All of us at Unlimited have huge admiration for her talent and resilience, and unlimited gratitude for the serious care she has brought to her work and relationships with all of us.
“I’ve had four incredible years working with Unlimited and with some of the most talented, passionate, caring, dedicated and brilliant people. The Unlimited alchemy dissolves the boundaries between work and play so we have a serious amount of fun making important things happen – never “safe” and always inspiring. It’s been a total privilege and I will really miss everyone. Thank you in particular Jon, Clare, Chris and Ric. It’s wonderful to be handing over to someone as amazing as Mark and I know he is going to do the most incredible job.”
Emma is taking up a new role as Senior London Theatre Consortium. We wish her all the best in her new job and hope that we’ll continue to cross paths frequently in the future.