Aberdeen solicitor secures leading chairman role

Craig Pike: the next chairman of the board governing Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA)
Craig Pike: the next chairman of the board governing Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA)

An Aberdeen solicitor and performer has secured his place among the performing arts scene in the North-east.

Craig Pike has been selected as the new chairman of the board governing Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) - the company which runs His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall, The Lemon Tree and Aberdeen Box Office.

Craig will replace current chairman, Dr Graeme Roberts, who will step down in November.

Working as a solicitor in private practice with Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Craig has enjoyed an involvement in the performing arts for nearly 20 years.

Over the years he has worked on APA shows including the Lord Provost’s Variety Show and the Fiddlers Spectacular, and performed with the late Stephen Robertson of Scotland the What?

An APA board member since 2012, Craig is also part of the renowned The Flying Pigs comedy group who recently saw a sell-out success of their production Finzean In the Rain.

Craig said:“ “I am delighted and honoured to be taking on the role of chairman of Aberdeen Performing Arts as of November this year and very much look forward to working with my colleague board members and the whole APA team to build on the many successes to date for the organisation.

“I must acknowledge the leadership and commitment of our current chairman, Graeme (who) has been unstinting in his dedication to the role for the past 10 years.

Current chairman, Graeme, who retires after the AGM in November, said that the company has grew steadily over the years.

He said: “We have come a long way from the gala re-opening of His Majesty’s Theatre in September 2005, a mere 24 hours after receiving its new theatre licence, to the award of £1.5 million last month from Creative Scotland towards the re-development of the Music Hall, something we have been planning since 2007.

““These have been exciting years for APA and there are equally exciting and challenging times ahead for the board under its new chairman and for the entire APA team.””

While the next chairman has been decided, APA are also looking for four new members to join the company.

Board members, Charles Kelly, Jennifer Shirreffs and Neil Jones, will also be standing down in November, meaning APA are looking to recruit four new replacements.

Candidates should have a passion in the performing arts who can contribute to the work of APA and help shape the company deliver its goals.

For more information visit aberdeenperformingarts.com.

The closing date for applications is March 21.