CEO Announcement

CREATE Paisley is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Jonathan Lloyd who joins us on October 16th from Solar Bear where his is currently Creative Director/CEO.

Solar Bear is a pioneering Glasgow-based theatre company who work with deaf artists and young deaf people. He is an experienced arts leader, theatre director and writer, specialising in new writing and work for young people. He was Associate Director at Soho Theatre for nine years, where he set up and ran the company’s education and outreach programme. He was Artistic Director at Polka Theatre, one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated to work for children and young people, from 2007-2013.

Before joining Solar Bear, he was Chief Executive of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.
Jonathan said:

‘I’m thrilled to have been offered the role of Chief Executive of CREATE Paisley. Its commitment to long-term creative engagement with young people is something that really resonates with me. There’s a brilliant, talented team there, and the potential for where we go next is crackling with possibilities. I can’t wait to get started.’



Paulo Kaneta (Interim Chair) said:

‘On behalf of the trustees of CREATE Paisley, I am delighted that Jonathan has agreed to join us at such a challenging time for young people. We share Jonathan’s enthusiasm and optimism for the potential growth of CREATE and with Jonathan’s leadership I am confident we can extend the reach and impact of our work across Renfrewshire.’




Jonathan Lloyd