by MarkLives (@marklives) Andrew Human will be leaving creative awards organisation and festival, The Loeries, after 15 years as CEO. “I have decided it’s time to move on to a new challenge and I will be leaving the Loeries at the end of March 2020,” he says.
“Until then, I will be closely involved in the process of leading The Loeries into the new season. “It’s been a wonderful experience and journey, and The Loeries has grown from a small office and award show in those first days to an association that is now recognised internationally.”
“Andrew has over the years worked tirelessly to make the Loeries a world-class stage for our creative industry to shine,” comments Tseliso Rangaka, Loeries chair and Ogilvy Cape Town ECD. “I look forward to working with Andrew in the coming months to find a worthy candidate that will help take the Loeries to even higher acclaim. I wish him well and extend the gratitude of everyone who has had the pleasure of serving with him.”
As part of the transition, the Loeries board has promoted Suzie Bowling to the position of chief operating officer. “Suzie has been with the Loeries for many years and I’m very confident in her ability to continue the journey of this amazing bird,” says Human.
In 2008, Human introduced the CreativeFuture Scholarship, to encourage and enable creativity at grassroots levels by assisting talented learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. “This is an incredible opportunity for youngsters and it covers just about everything a learner requires: fees, study materials, accommodation and living expenses. Plus, it offers mentorship, internship and, ultimately, employment,” say Human. “Without a doubt, this is the part of the Loeries that I’m most proud of, and I feel like all these students who have passed through our programme are part of our family.
“I cannot emphasise enough how important the input, experience and guidance of the Loeries board and Committee have been. We have also enjoyed the incredible support of the industry, wonderful partners and an amazing Loeries team. Without them, it would have been impossible to reach the goals we did over this 15-year period. I am grateful to each one of them.”
The Loeries will release its official rankings in October 2019.