A FORMER board member of Creative Scotland was appointed interim manager of Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre this week.

The news comes two weeks after the management board said the theatre is facing a “perilous” financial situation.

Cate Nelson-Shaw, who has experience of working with businesses in difficulty, was appointed following recruitment supported by the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations’ (ACOSVO) Interim Executive Service.

As well as four years with Creative Scotland, Ms Nelson-Shaw, from Edinburgh, has further senior experience in private sector roles, including at The Law Society of Scotland and as a board member for third sector creative organisations.

An Eastgate spokesperson said: “Our director Deborah Gallagher left the Eastgate at the end of June.

“Deborah was brought in to revive the financial position of the Eastgate and develop a new commercial and community vision for the theatre.

“The board is grateful for the work that she carried out during her short tenure.

“Ms Nelson-Shaw, who will be accountable to the board, will lead the staff team on a day-to-day basis and will drive the preparation of a recovery plan, actively engaging with all stakeholders as this is developed.

“The board will also begin a search for a permanent manager to take over from Cate once she has fulfilled the objectives of her interim role.

“The board is also continuing to work on resolving the financial pressures it currently faces.”

Dr Jamie Hill, chair of the Eastgate Theatre board, added: “We are delighted that we have secured the services of an interim manger with the experience and insight of Cate.

“She really gets the Eastgate, including its history and place of importance in the community, as well as the difficulties and challenges that must now be faced.

“I am confident that she has the skills and experience to lead the Eastgate into a sustainable future.

“I ask all our stakeholders and the community of Peebles to actively support and engage with Cate and the staff, as we work together, on the shared endeavour of a sustainable recovery plan and a positive future.”