Northern Ireland

Culture Company chief appointed

Martin Bradley and Shona McCarthy
Image caption The newly appointed Chief Executive of the Culture Company, Shona McCarthy, pictured with the Chairman, Martin Bradley.

Shona McCarthy has been appointed as chief executive of Londonderry's Culture Company.

Ms McCarthy will be responsible for planning and delivering a host of events between now and 2013, when Derry becomes the first ever UK City of Culture.

She is currently Director of the British Council Northern Ireland.

Ms McCarthy said she was "delighted and honoured" to take up the role.

She will take up the position in April.