Third times a charm for Zinc Arts

Former management consultant Dr Daryn Hufton-Rees is now acting CEO at Zinc Arts in Chipping Ongar, only the third person to have taken on the position in the charity’s 24 year history, and has done so through his role as Chair of the Trustees.

Stepping in two months ago to cover the departure of former CEO, Heather Stradling, who left to pursue her academic career, Daryn has re-energised the organisation, implementing a new structure that gives the charity’s staff more freedom to develop their skills and put them to best use.

The Zinc Arts team

“We’re taking what was a centralised, hierarchical organisation and spreading out responsibilities amongst the staff, who are experts in their fields”, Daryn comments.

“Every person here is brilliant at what they do and has a passion for the work we do as a charity.”

The change in management comes at a promising time for the young charity, as it prepares to mark its 25th anniversary with more partnerships and innovative ways of working that will deliver the benefits of Zinc Arts to a wider audience. Staff are excited to be developing a new programme of activities and courses for the start of 2015. The Ongar community is also eager to take part, with Zinc’s recent Open Day having a great success.

As Daryn notes, “Zinc Arts will continue to be a leader in accessibility, inclusion and great art. These things together help people to achieve what they want in life. Whether it’s inside or outside the arts, Zinc Arts will always work to help people realise their potential.”

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