The Edinburgh Fringe Society has announced the appointment of a new Chairman for its board, in the form of Edinburgh University Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Timothy O’Shea. The new appointment follows the announcement at the Society’s recent AGM that Elizabeth Smith was standing down after seventeen years leading the organisation’s board.
The Fringe Society represents and provides services to the wide-ranging and rather diverse ‘fringe community’, the collective of independent performers, producers and venue managers who make the world’s largest cultural festival happen each August. It publishes the central programme and website, operates the central box office, offers advice to performers where it’s needed, and speaks to the city at large. Its management team is ultimately responsible to the elected board that O’Shea will now lead.
Confirming the new appointment, Fringe Society CEO Kath M Mainland told ThreeWeeks yesterday: “I am delighted to be able to announce that at their meeting earlier today the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society elected Sir Timothy O’Shea as the new Chair of the Society. Sir Timothy has been a long-standing supporter of the Fringe and I am sure that he will be a brilliant leader of the Society and our Board in years to come”.
O’Shea himself added: “The University Of Edinburgh has enjoyed a long, proud and happy association with the Festival Fringe and I am delighted to be more involved as the Fringe builds on its huge success and popularity”.