After 12 years Junction Arts’ Managing Director Paul Steele is leaving the organisation to take up a new position at Sheffield DocFest.

Over the past 12 years Paul was instrumental in developing a new vision for the charity and growing its engagement and reach. Some of the highlights of Paul’s tenure include developing the digital strand of programming which led to projects such as This Girl Codes and Our Place, developing the festivals and events programme and widening the partnerships portfolio. Paul was also instrumental in developing Junction Arts’ international presence including residencies in Rotterdam at the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) and supporting 15 creatives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the British Councils’ Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) programme.

Paul said: “I’ve had 12 amazing years at Junction Arts and I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved together. When I think of how the charity has grown over the past decade, all of the communities we’ve worked with and the positive impact we’ve had on people I feel so gratified and lucky to have had this opportunity to lead such a great organisation. I’m pleased to be leaving the organisation at such a good time, with a really exciting future planned”.

Junction Arts Chair of Trustees, Annie French, said: “It has been a great honour to work with Paul over the last six years.  I have seen the charity grow and develop during this time, and from a board’s perspective, we have always felt confident that the charity has been in safe hands. Junction Arts is entering a new and exciting stage in its development, and we look forward to supporting the whole team and ensuring those plans and dreams for Junction Arts are delivered. On behalf of the board, a big thank you to Paul for all his hard work and many congratulations on his new post, you will be truly missed.”

Paul will leave Junction Arts in February 2023 and a recruitment campaign for a new Managing Director will start in December 2022.