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Board of Trustees

Live Theatre is a charity (North East Theatre Trust Ltd, charity number 513771) and a company limited by guarantee (1697756), governed by a Board of Trustees.

Paul Callaghan, CBE, DL, FRSA, Chair
Chairman The Leighton Group; Chairman Sunderland Economic Leadership Board; Chairman University of Sunderland; Chairman Red House Academy; Trustee Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust and Director Sunderland Business Ltd.

Sue Emmas
Associate Artistic Director Young Vic Theatre; Director Regional Young Directors Scheme

Professor Peter Fidler CBE
Retired Vice Chancellor, University of Sunderland

Cllr Mick Henry, CBE
Retired Leader Gateshead Council; Arts Council England North Area Council member

Rhys McKinnell
Store Director Newcastle, Fenwick Ltd

Michelle Percy
Assistant Director, Corporate Development, Newcastle City Council

Susan Wear
Director of Corporate Affairs at Port of Tyne; writer; journalist

Sue Wilson, CBE (Lady Gibson)
Chair, Emmaus Gateshead; Chair One North East Retirement Pension Scheme; Member of Board of Trustees at North East Access to Finance Ltd; Member of Board of Trustees at BALTIC.

Lucy Winskell, OBE
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Region, Engagement and Partnerships at Northumbria University; Chair North East Chamber of Commerce; Board of Trustees at Centre for Life.

Jim Beirne MBE D.Litt. FRSA
Fellow of National Arts Strategies Culture & Community Programme; Board member and Chair of Nominations Committee International Society of Performing Arts.

To ensure compliance, best practice and financial security, the charity North East Theatre Trust Ltd is the holding company for four subsidiary companies: Live Trading Ltd – trading arm, Live Works (Newcastle) Ltd – special purpose vehicle for capital development, North East Theatre Trust Productions Ltd – productions (theatre tax recovery). We tender for professional services appointing DWF, UNW, RMT, and have independent HR and Health and Safety.





  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund