An Anglican church in Chelsea, London, has appointed Sue Radford as Executive Director of its pioneering arts-based youth mentoring programme, Intermission.
The Parish of Holy Trinity and St. Saviour, Upper Chelsea, has recruited Sue, a media and management specialist, to work alongside Intermission’s Artistic Director Darren Raymond to build a confident future for the organisation.
“Intermission has a wonderful track record of transforming young peoples’ lives through theatre, arts-based development programmes and mentoring,” said Sue. “This is an exciting time to be involved with the company as it looks to expand its work in schools, theatre and in film.”
Intermission has worked with over 5,000 young people through its theatre, youth theatre, film and outreach programmes that include working with schools, Pupil Referral Units and Young Offenders Teams across the UK. Using drama, original and contemporized Shakespeare scenes to explore difficult social issues such as gang rivalry and knife crime, it has had a significant impact at ending re-offending and stopping those at risk of offending.
Oscar-winning actor, Sir Mark Rylance, Patron of Intermission, has described it as “the most exciting young people’s theatre company I have ever witnessed… You feel they are using Shakespeare to reveal their own culture of youth growing up in London today. They are an inspiration to me.”
Commenting on the appointment, Fr. Nicholas Wheeler, Rector of Holy Trinity Church and St Saviour, said: “We are delighted that Sue is joining Intermission in this new role. Along with her Christian faith and values, she brings experience in leadership, fundraising, project management and communication at a strategic time for Intermission.”
Sue has held senior management and leadership positions in the commercial, not-for-profit and Christian charity sectors. She has spent over 20 years in the media, working for the BBC, Sky News and ITV as a journalist, reporter and presenter. She is an avid theatre-goer, a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Director of Jerusalem Productions.