Peter Tyndall will shortly be stepping down as Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales, (ACW), to take up his appointment as Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, which begins on April 21 2008.
ACW has announced that James Turner will be taking up the role of interim Chief Executive while the full public appointment exercise of appointing the new Chief Executive is taking place.
James Turner has extensive experience as an Executive Director and Non-Executive Director in both the public and private sectors. An International businessman, he has worked with leading global corporations. He now undertakes board-level interim executive assignments and Non-Executive Director roles. His previous public sector positions in Wales include International Managing Director at the Welsh Development Agency, and Chair of the Wales European centre, Brussels.
Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales welcomed Mr Turner's appointment as ACW's interim Chief Executive: 'ACW is especially pleased that we have attracted someone of the calibre and reputation of James Turner to act as Interim Chief Executive between Peter Tyndall's departure in mid April and the appointment to the full-time post that we have just advertised. James will undoubtedly ensure that the standards and management competence of ACW are maintained but he will also be able to take forward the culture change on which we are already engaged, so leaving a legacy of intended initiatives for his successor.'