Julia Fawcett OBE - Chief Executive
Julia Fawcett is the chief executive of The Lowry, one of the largest performance and visual arts centres in the UK, located at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester.
Appointed in June 2002, Fawcett is responsible for ensuring the artistic and commercial success of the Centre, which is also a registered charity. (No: 1053962)
Since she joined The Lowry, visitor numbers have risen steadily – with over 820,000 people currently passing through the doors each year – making The Lowry one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North West of England.
She has developed formal partnerships between The Lowry and Birmingham Royal Ballet, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert. In doing this, Fawcett has positioned the Centre as the home for touring productions of some of the UK’s leading cultural institutions.
Her commercial experience has allowed the Centre to operate successfully with only 11.3% of its income coming from the public sector – compared with an industry average of 40%.
Prior to joining The Lowry, Fawcett was the chief executive of Dynamic Earth Enterprises Ltd in Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s largest visitor attractions. She also spent ten years at Granada Group Plc, running a number of their commercial assets.
A graduate of Bristol University, where she studied Drama, Film & Television, Fawcett is now a Council Member of the University of Salford where she is Lead Member for Arts & Humanities, a Governor of a local high school and a Trustee of the new University Technical College at MediaCityUK.
The University of Salford conferred an honorary doctorate on Fawcett in 2008 and, in 2010, she received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of her contribution to the arts.
Born in Ordsall, Salford, Julia is married with two children and now lives in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.