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New chair appointed to board of Scots theatre

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Roberta Doyle will join the board of directors at the Tron Theatre. 

The Tron Theatre has announced the appointment of Roberta Doyle as the new chair of the theatre's board of directors.  

She succeeds Shereen Nanjiani MBE, who served as chair for ten years and who stepped down on the December 4.

Roberta is a senior cultural industry professional with in-depth experience of strategic management and organisational business and corporate planning. 

She has held director-level roles in external affairs, marketing, communications, digital, learning and fundraising within Scotland's largest cultural organisations, including most recently as director of external affairs with the National Theatre of Scotland, the same role for Scottish Opera and the post of director of public affairs with the National Galleries of Scotland. 

She is a graduate in business administration from the University of Strathclyde.

Patricia Stead, executive director of Tron Theatre, said: “We've been steadfastly guided through the last ten years by Shereen as the Chair of our Board and express our sincere thanks for her service to the organisation over that period. 

“We're now absolutely thrilled to welcome Roberta to the role and have every confidence that she will guide us through the next phase of the theatre's evolution, bringing her extensive expertise in the sector to bear on the many opportunities and challenges we face going forward.”

Roberta is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the UK Government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) managed UK City of Culture 2025 and serves as its Scotland National Representative. 

She has recently been part of the team leading the review and rolling-forward of Arts Council Ireland's 10-year Business Plan, Making Great Art Work and has advised on the change-management programme in all externally-facing functions for the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

She is a board member of Scottish Opera and a member of its Finance, General Purposes and Advocacy Committees. 

Roberta also serves on the board of two major Scottish cultural grant-giving organisations - the Donald Dewar Awards and the William Syson Foundation. 

Roberta has previously served on many other boards, committees and working groups including those of Glasgow School of Art and the Tron Theatre, Cove Park Residency, the British Council's Cultural Diplomacy Group and the Scottish Arts Council's Implementation Steering Group for the creation of the National Theatre of Scotland. 

She has just completed her term as a trustee of the National Autistic Society and Chair of its Scotland Committee.

Roberta said: “The Tron Theatre in Glasgow is one of the jewels in the crown of Scotland's cultural world. Punching well above its weight, the Tron has brought countless important works to the stage, garnering critical and popular acclaim. Its renowned participatory, learning and community work is no less significant in service of the citizens of Glasgow.

“I am honoured and delighted to be part of the team that takes the Tron onto its next important chapter. I look forward eagerly to working with the Board and staff, with artists and writers and with every one of the talented people whose skills - onstage and off - make such wonderful theatre for audiences and participants at home and abroad.”