Six of the best join festival board to plan 2013 arts spectacular

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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has appointed six new trustees as it prepares for its 20th anniversary next year.

Ben Jancovich, Sian Rogers, Susan Burns, Chris Bradley, Sara Robinson and Paul Clarke bring a wealth of arts community PR and curating experience at a national level to help the event retain its reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative festivals.

“Our new trustees, who all live in our community, were appointed after a rigorous interview process replacing Graham Packham, Dave Nelson, Chris Ratcliffe and Miles Hutchinson who are stepping down, and we can’t thank them enough for their huge contribution over many years,” said arts festival chair Maggie Holborow.

The new members have already met with long-serving trustees Stephen May, David Burnop, Jen Gibbons and Kate Kershaw to start planning the 10-day festival programme that kicks off on Saturday, June 22, with the nationally renowned Handmade Parade, a collaboration which began this summer and which the festivals plan to turn into a mega-event in the park next summer.

The first meeting took place in the arts festival’s new HQ. “After a decade in Albert Street we have moved into our office in the new town hall so the board thought they should have their first meeting where many of our events will take place,” said festival artistic director Helen Meller.

“It was an incredibly productive first meeting with the new trustees acknowledging the fact that the festival is in very good shape and the board reaffirmed their commitment to reaching as many people in the town as possible.”

The team is planning a community event for next month.