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Andrew Hetherington Announces Departure from Business to Arts

Andrew Hetherington - Chief Executive, Business to Arts. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

Andrew Hetherington – Chief Executive, Business to Arts. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

It is with both sadness and appreciation that we share the news that Andrew Hetherington has today announced his departure from Business to Arts after more than seven years in the role of Chief Executive and fourteen years with the organisation. He will leave in March to take a new senior role in the arts sector, details of which will be announced soon.

Commenting on his time with Business to Arts, Andrew said…

“I’ve been enormously privileged to work with Business to Arts for over fourteen years. Our membership and executive team has increased in recent times and they have designed, built and delivered projects and solutions that have demonstrated our commitment to the challenges and future trends in the cultural sector, including…

• Our work with our many corporate patrons and members enabling their sponsorships, events, art commissions and art collections
• Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Arts Fund, which was created to support artists and arts organisations as they respond to the challenges created by the pandemic
• Our New Stream Fundraising Fellowship, which is a partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and is incrementally building fundraising capacity in the arts sector
• ESB’s Brighter Future Arts Fund, which was created to imagine a brighter future as we shift to a low carbon energy future
• Establishing Fundit.ie, which is Ireland’s leading rewards-based crowdfunding website for the creative sector
• Championing and recognising excellence in partnership with the arts through the annual Business to Arts Awards
• Our work with Government informing and contributing to The COVID-19 Arts & Culture Recovery Taskforce, Culture 2025, The National CSR Stakeholder Forum & The Forum for Philanthropy & Fundraising

Importantly, I would like to thank Davina Saint (Chair) and the Board of Business to Arts, my current colleagues Emily, Michelle, Eileen, Rachel and Mella, all former colleagues and Board members for their support both professionally and personally and their commitment to the organisation.

I will remain a strong advocate of the work of Business to Arts. Its reach and impact on an annual basis is exceptional and I’ve had the pleasure of being able to collaborate with so many senior stakeholders in the arts, business and public sectors. As I embark on the next stage of my career, I know that the organisation is primed for future successes and I’m greatly looking forward to seeing the next phase of its development.”

Speaking about the announcement, Davina Saint, Chair of Business to Arts said:

“Andrew has been a passionate and driven change-maker for Business to Arts. He has worked so hard to manifest the organisation that we have today. As a Board we are all proud of his achievements and wish him every success with the next stage of his career; knowing that he will always be one of our champions.”

The Board of Business to Arts have begun the process of identifying a new Chief Executive. More information on this will follow. Andrew will leave Business to Arts in March 2022.

See businesstoarts.ie/recruitment and The Irish Times from 7th January 2022 for further details.

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