B Sharp announces new chief executive

LOCAL youth music charity B Sharp has announced the appointment of a new chief executive and artistic director.

Ruth Cohen, who has been working with Daisi, the Exeter-based, arts-inspired learning organisation, will take over B Sharp at the end of November.

Ruth (pictured) has a track record of organising music programmes and opportunities for children and young people, which combined with her knowledge of funding and youth arts, education, health and wellbeing networks, made her the ideal person for the job.

She takes over the helm from B Sharp founder Fran Williams, who spent over 11 years building the organisation before announcing earlier this year that she would be stepping down.

B Sharp is a Lyme Regis-based music organisation, leading the way in inspiring a new culture of music-making, events and opportunities for young people in the region, and has become well known for its young producers and leadership programme, which has earned the charity both local and national recognition.

Hannah Lovegrove, chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, commented: “It is with mixed feelings we can now announce that after 11 long, fantastic years our wonderful leader Fran Williams will be leaving B Sharp.

“Responding to requests from young people, in 2007 Fran founded B Sharp and has been instrumental in its development and growth into the much-loved and very well-respected music charity it is today.

“Working with her dedicated team, she guided B Sharp to become a strong organisation with a bright future and we will all miss her very much.

“The board of trustees is pleased to a welcome Ruth, who will be working together with Fran through November to complete the hand-over, and we wish them both well. ”

Mrs Williams added: “As the founder of B Sharp I am both sad to be leaving the organisation and all that comes with it, and at the same time pleased to be handing over to Ruth a fantastic team of generous and creative people who make up the diverse workforce, its volunteers, associates, partners, funders and many individuals who form the collective.

“I am proud that B Sharp has established itself as an organisation that brings so many different children and young people together through high quality engagement work.

“B Sharp’s participatory programmes, workshops and training schemes build new pathways, raise aspirations and have created a lasting creative and vibrant youth culture.

“An organisation is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value and to that end B Sharp has an exciting time ahead and its work is as important now as it ever was!”

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