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Spokespeople for The Lowry

Julia Fawcett, OBE
Chief Executive, The Lowry

The Lowry's enterprise is to open the door to enjoyment and enrichment for all, through high quality delivery of a broad range of arts, entertainment and life long learning in a unique environment.

Julia Fawcett is responsible for the continued commercial success of The Lowry by expanding the businesses, which underpin the project. As a strong business leader, she is striving to meet both cultural and commercial aims, whilst continuing to maintain the venue's popular appeal. Before joining The Lowry, Julia was Chief Executive of another major Millennium success, Dynamic Earth in Scotland, and is originally from Ordsall in Salford.

Julia was appointed in March 2002 and came to The Lowry in May 2002. She has an excellent track record in managing successful businesses in the leisure industries including Granada Studios in Manchester. Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh is one of Scotland's leading visitor attractions and one of the most successful science-based millennium projects in the UK.

Felicity Goodey, who was The Lowry's chairman at the time, was delighted to have appointed Julia who demonstrated an ability to not only run and develop a commercially successful attraction but to maintain and enhance the integrity of a culturally based project.

On her appointment Julia Fawcett commented: "The Lowry Project represents an enormously complex business which is a terrifically exciting challenge. I have been greatly impressed with what has been achieved to date and look forward to joining a talented and committed team and working with them to take the project on to further successes."

Rod Aldridge, Chairman of The Lowry Trustees, had this to say following the announcement that Julia had been recognised in the 2010 New Year Honours List.

‘I am delighted that Julia has been awarded an OBE for her services to the Arts in the Queen’s 2010 New Year Honours, giving public recognition to the hard work and commitment she has put into developing The Lowry as a successful and vibrant cultural institution for Salford, the North West and beyond. The Lowry's enterprise is to open the door to enjoyment and enrichment for all, through high quality delivery of a broad range of arts, entertainment and life long learning, a vision that Julia continues to reflect and advocate on a daily basis.’


Michael Simpson, Head of Visual Arts and Engagement

Michael Simpson has previously worked in three national museums and galleries – The Walker Art Gallery (National Museums Liverpool) as Keeper of Fine Art; The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (now the National Media Museum) and Imperial War Museum North as Head of Exhibitions. He was also at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. He has organised numerous exhibitions on a variety of themes, including In The Mind’s Eye: British Surrealism in the 1930s; The Art of Paul McCartney; and The Greater Game: Sport & War.


A photograph of Julia Fawcett, OBE, Chief Executive of The Lowry
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A photograph of Michael Simpson, Head of Visual Arts & Engagement
Michael Simpson

The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).