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Max Returns to Lead Rural Arts

Squad 4 grad Max May is the new Director and CEO of Rural Arts, a charity that works across 2,500 square miles of rural North Yorkshire from its hub and arts centre in Thirsk.

Max started his career at Rural Arts, first as a volunteer, then intern and then Communications and Engagement Officer, before he moved to London to work for Theatre Centre and Access All Areas. Max returns to Rural Arts – and his hometown of Thirsk – on the 4th of February.

Rural Arts’ founder and departing Director Angela Hall, says: “It’s fantastic for the team here and the wider arts community in North Yorkshire that Max will be returning to the organisation. He not only has a strong vision for Rural Arts, but also understands the challenges faced by our rural communities and the opportunities for the people we serve.”

Max said: “Rural Arts plays a vital role in bringing high-quality arts and their associated health, social and economic benefits to the rural communities of North Yorkshire and East Cleveland. I’m looking forward to continuing Angela’s work and building on her brilliant legacy to ensure Rural Arts is vibrant, resilient and sector-leading.”

From the Squad’s point of view we are really excited to have Max back on our home patch. We have seen what a formidable operator Max has become, and we are looking forward to working with him on ways of delivering development opportunities for young writers in rural areas.

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