Hay festival appoints Julie Finch as CEO after founder resigns over bullying claim

CEO-director of Compton Verney Art Gallery replaces Peter Florence after ‘an extensive nationwide recruitment process’

Julie Finch has been appointed CEO of the Hay festival and will succeed founder and former director Peter Florence, who resigned from his role after a bullying claim was upheld last year.

The prestigious literary festival, now in its 35th year, selected the former CEO of the Cheltenham Trust for the role after “an extensive nationwide recruitment process”.

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