The Hallé Concerts Society has appointed a new finance director to replace Val Hawkin.
Ruth Harkin, who has more than 20 years’ experience of senior finance posts in the charity and public sectors, will take over as Val steps down after 16 years with the company.
Harkin joins from St Ann’s Hospice, where she was director of finance and support services
Hallé chief executive, John Summers, said: “Val has been our finance director for 16 years and has seen the orchestra through some turbulent times as well as outstanding international success.
“She has been a key part of the Hallé’s progress, and we are sad to see her move on.
“In Ruth we have found a fantastic replacement. The role of finance director is central to our continued success, and we are confident Ruth will be a huge asset to the Hallé.”
Harkin said: “I’m really excited to take up this role and join the brilliant team that supports the Hallé orchestra.
“It’s is an iconic institution in Manchester and it doesn’t stand still, which makes it a great organisation to work for.
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“I’m really looking forward to working with the trustees and senior management team to ensure a successful and sustainable future.”
Outgoing Hawkin will continue to work part-time with the orchestra to oversee the delivery of the Hallé St Peter’s project.
The Hallé, which employs over 80 full-time musicians from 14 countries, has an annual turnover of £9m and a board comprising eminent north west figures including David McKeith, formerly north west senior partner of accountancy giant PwC, as chairman, and Brandon Leigh, group FD of PZ Cussons, as deputy chairman.