Hannah Corbett has been announced as the new CEO of Acme Studios. She will replace Acme co-founder and chief executive Jonathan Harvey who, after 44 years, is stepping down. Corbett will take up the post in January 2016.

Corbett joins Acme, which describes itself as ‘England’s leading affordable artists’ studio developer and provider’, from the civil service. She is currently serving as commissioner general and director for the UK at the Milan Expo 2015.

Her current role has involved commissioning an artist-led, award-winning UK pavilion and promoting UK creative strengths internationally. She has previously held a variety of policy and diplomatic roles and has advised government on housing projects in Hackney Wick and worked on housing allocation for a local authority.

Commenting on her appointment, Corbett said: “Acme’s values and the part it is playing in setting the agenda for London’s creative future are inspirational. Having the chance to lead Acme and support artists to succeed is a privilege. I am committed to bringing all of my energy, drive and abilities to furthering its mission.”

Harvey said: “From April this year Acme became a self-sustaining organisation without, for the first time in over 40 years, the need for Arts Council revenue funding. We can now plan with a considerable degree of certainty and, working with our partners, build on our achievements.

“However, the demand for affordable space for artists in London continues to grow. I know that Hannah will bring all of her considerable skills, experience and creativity in response to this challenge.”

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