RicNic is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexandra Finlay as its first Development & Production Manager, following a highly competitive application process.
Alex brings a wealth of skills, experience and energy to RicNic. As well as her current senior role in marketing and communications, she has experience in sales, writing, business & income development and acting. Alongside a degree in English from Cambridge University, Alexandra has a Masters in Screen from Central St Martin’s. Coupled with her considerable experience managing projects, products and teams, Alex has huge passion for theatre and for working with young people. She will begin her new role in January 2016.
Ben Nicholls, RicNic’s founder and chair, said:
“Alex was the strongest in a very capable field of applicants for this role, and I am delighted she is coming to join the RicNic family. As well as her considerable skills and impressive CV, she is truly passionate about widening access to the arts, and will be both dedicated and determined in driving RicNic’s expansion over coming years.”
Commenting on her appointment, Alex said:
“RicNic is one of the most inspiring charities I’ve come across, and it’s essential that more young people can benefit from what it offers. I’m delighted to have been offered this exciting new post, and look forward to working with participants, alumni, supporters and new partners to bring about a bright and sustainable future for RicNic branches across the UK. In doing so, I will build not only on my professional experience in a variety of fields, but my real love of theatre and of working with younger people.”
After many years of volunteer-led activity, this new appointment – RicNic’s first paid member of staff – offers the charity a massive opportunity to expand to new areas, to fundraise seriously, and to provide more young people with their own ‘RicNic experience’. Whilst RicNic’s core activities will always remain youth-led, and the degree of autonomy given to production teams will not change, the appointment of a Development & Production Manager will enable RicNic to do more, and to do it better. The role has been funded through philanthropy, primarily from a single institution which has admired the charity’s work for some years.
83 applications were received for this new part-time position, the majority of very good quality and relevance. All applications were scrutinised by the Trustees and by an external assessor, a well-respected theatre and finance professional. Seven shortlisted candidates were then invited for interview, which included both a competency- and experience-based interview with two Trustees and an external assessor, and an informal discussion with RicNic participants and alumni from our existing branches, who were then instrumental in reaching the decision to appoint Alex.