Shape Arts announces appointment of its new CEO


Shape Arts, the disability-led arts organisation, has today to announced the appointment of David Hevey as its new Chief Executive. David will assume responsibilities from 3 April 2017, succeeding Tony Heaton OBE, who leaves the role to pursue his personal arts projects and consultancy work in the sector. Shape is delighted that Tony will continue his longstanding relationship with the organisation by taking on the role of Chair of Shape’s Board of Trustees, succeeding Pauline Tambling CBE, who steps down after nine years’ service.

Tony Heaton and David Hevey

Outgoing Shape CEO Tony Heaton (left) incoming Shape CEo David Hevey (right)

David Hevey is currently Project Director of NDACA (the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive), a Shape-led project telling the radical story of the Disability Arts movement.

“Shape is a very important organisation; as departing Chair I can say that it is thriving thanks to Tony Heaton’s excellent stewardship as CEO over the last nine years,” Pauline Tambling comments, “I am delighted that Tony will remain part of Shape as chair with David Hevey as the new CEO. Together they share a commitment to promoting excellence in disability arts and promoting disabled artists.”

“Leading Shape for almost a decade now has been the most enjoyable and satisfying of roles and I know David will take on the responsibility with the enthusiasm and professionalism he has brought to NDACA,” says Tony Heaton, “I look forward to working closely with him to continue developing Shape as a respected and pioneering disability-led arts organisation, both in the UK and internationally.”

“I am delighted and honoured to take up the post as CEO of Shape Arts,” comments David Hevey, “This important role will allow me to lead an incredibly successful arts organisation into its robust future.”