TAUNTON'S Brewhouse has appointed a new executive director.

Vickie Hobbs is combining her lifelong passion for theatre with her extensive experience working in the arts, charity and business development sectors to lead the team at the riverside theatre and arts centre.

As well as a period as head of finance at The Brewhouse, Vickie’s career has to date included roles with Taunton Association for the Homeless - now renamed Arc - and Somerset Art Works.

She has worked with businesses and charities to maximise their potential and achieve their goals.

As well as managing the team, Vickie will also lead on development and sponsorship at the Brewhouse, a registered charity.

She said: "I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed as executive director at Taunton Brewhouse.

"There are a lot of exciting plans for the future and we have a great team who work hard to deliver a leading theatre for our local community.

"With the festive period approaching, we’re looking forward to welcoming families to the Brewhouse for The Little Prince and are already making plans for next year and beyond."

Val Hammond, chairman of the trustees at Taunton Theatre Association, said: "I am delighted that Vickie Hobbs has become our executive director.

"Vickie is a rare individual who combines sound financial understanding with a deep and practical love of the arts.

" I much look forward to working with her in taking Taunton Brewhouse forward."

Also joining the theatre is Tom Elliott, who takes up the role of marketing manager.

He has worked in arts marketing and will use his specialisms in theatre and digital to help the venue reach as many people in the community as possible.

Taunton Brewhouse is currently preparing for the world premiere of The Little Prince, a magical new musical for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas featuring a heartwarming story, spectacular circus performance and original music.

The Brewhouse opened in March 1977 following a public campaign spearheaded by John Wilkins and Cllr John Meikle.

Since then it has established itself as a popular community venue featuring acts from local groups, professional companies and aspiring actors.