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It is with great sadness that we can confirm that John Silker, chief executive of Magna, died on Sunday 20th August.

John joined Magna in April 2013 and has been instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the venue. 

Brian Chapple, Trustee, said: “John worked tirelessly and with passion to realise Magna’s potential and drive it to be the best it can be. He was devoted to the venue and was a friend, as well as a colleague, to many. He will be greatly missed by all and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. The staff and trustees will continue the work that John started.”

John, 64, lived in Aston near Rotherham and leaves behind three daughters.