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June 2016

Alliance MBS Chief External Officer is new chair of Contact

(19 June 2016)

Dil Sidhu, Chief External Officer at Alliance Manchester Business School, has been appointed by Contact as the new Chair of its Board. Contact is a dynamic, Manchester-based arts charity (based off Oxford Road at the Contact Theatre), and a national leader in placing young people’s decision making and leadership at its core. They work alongside staff in deciding the programme, act as board members, and are integral to making staff appointments. The recruitment of Board Chair was no different, with Dil interviewed by a panel of young people.

Dil replaces outgoing Chair Charles Lauder, and said of his appointment:

"I am humbled, honoured and excited about the election to Chair of Contact’s Board.  Contact is an integral catalyst to develop, nurture and present young talent to Greater Manchester and around the world. The work that has been done to date by Matt Fenton, Charles Lauder, the Board members and the great team at Contact has been instrumental in creating an innovative and artistic entity for the benefit of budding young talent and the communities that they represent.

This is going to be a great learning journey for me but also a fun and personally rewarding endeavour!"

Matt Fenton, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Contact, said:

"We are incredibly excited that our young people’s panel has confirmed Dil Sidhu as the next chair of Contact. In Dil we have found someone impressive, skilled and highly engaged with Contact's mission to empower young people through art. We are especially pleased to have his guidance as we enter the next exciting phase of our development with building refurbishment and relaunch on the horizon. Our thanks go out to Charles Lauder, our inspirational outgoing chair, who has done so much for the staff, artists and young people at Contact."



Image of Dil Sidhu