It's not just financial skills that Neil Goulder will be bringing to his new job as finance director of Associated Capital Theatres, he will also be using experience gained at the sharp end of the entertainment business. The 37-year-old chartered accountant was a stand-up comic on the London circuit for over two years. Goulder says he thoroughly enjoyed his performing stint, which ended when he joined the theatre company three years ago. He has no immediate plans to take to the stage once again, but refuses to rule out the possibility entirely. He joined the company, which runs eight of London's West End theatres, as financial controller, and subsequently became chief financial officer. Goulder told Accountancy Age: 'Over the last three years, we have transformed Associated Capital Theatres from a sleepy bricks-and-mortar company into a high-profile innovator in the West End. Our profile has been raised by Nicole Kidman's time at the Donmar Warehouse and Cate Blanchett and Diana Rigg taking part in the Almeida's season at the Albery Theatre.' He added: 'This has to be one of the most fun industries in which to be a finance director.' Previous experience included time at paper and packaging operation Bunzl. ?:
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