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Alexandra Palace is set to welcome a new chief executive to drive through ambitious restoration and regeneration plans.

Louise Stewart will take the helm at Ally Pally this autumn, arriving at a pivotal time in the Palace’s colourful history – with progress underway on historic restoration and exciting leisure plans for the landmark venue.

Louise comes with an impressive track record that has seen her working in a host of roles across the public and private sector, including positions in culture, tourism, hospitality and growth.

Successes include leading roles in major regional arts and regeneration programmes such as Sage Gateshead, Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Garden.

In her most recent position as Director of Strategy and Deputy CEO at VisitEngland, Louise has been responsible for a wide range of work, including securing £40million funding from the Regional Growth Fund for a three-year programme of tourism investment across England.

Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Louise to Alexandra Palace at such a significant time.

“Louise comes with a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge and I’ve no doubt that she will be an enormous asset to the borough and to our ambition to see Alexandra Palace fulfil its potential as one of London’s most significant and successful landmark destinations.”

Cllr Joanna Christophides, Chair of the Alexandra Palace and Park Board, said: “We were hugely impressed by Louise’s vision, imagination and ambition for Alexandra Palace and look forward to working alongside her and local people as together we deliver an exciting future for Ally Pally.”