Tuesday, July 17, 2012
NZ BOOK COUNCIL CEO RETURNING TO UK
Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council, Noel Murphy(left), is returning to the United Kingdom after five years in the position.
Council chair, Peter Biggs said the move was a “great loss” to the Council and to the literature scene in New Zealand.
“Noel has tremendous knowledge of books, authors and the whole book sector and has played a major role in ensuring that the Council meets its strategic goal of motivating and educating New Zealanders to read and write books, and treasure our writers and this country’s stories,” said Peter Biggs.
Mr Murphy is to take up a new position in London with a significant international publishing house.
“I have greatly enjoyed working with the Book Council and with the literary community in New Zealand. The Book Council’s work on behalf of authors, engaging with schools and communities has been enormously rewarding and I am very sorry to be leaving – but this new role in London is a massive opportunity for me,” he said.
The Council will be seeking applications for the CEO position and plans to make a new CEO appointment by the time Mr Murphy leaves in October.
“The Council’s work as a leading advocate of New Zealand’s literature, and literacy in general, is of huge importance to the cultural development of the country and we will be seeking a top performer to build on the good work that Noel has done, “said Peter Biggs.