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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.

Susan Wear, DL Chair 
Communications consultant, trustee of Groundwork SANT and of Tyne Coast Academy Trust. Award-winning journalist and writer. Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear. 

Paul Shevlin, vice-chair
Employment Rights lawyer and Partner at Thompsons’ Solicitors based in their Newcastle and Leeds Office.

Lisette Auton (co-opted)
Disabled novelist, dramatist, activist, creative practitioner, filmmaker and performer.

Ishy Din
Award-winning playwright, and writer for stage, film and television.

Ross Elgie
Accountant and Auditor, previously worked at Christie’s auction house in New York.

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

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

Brenna Hobson
Executive Producer and Deputy Chief Executive for the National Theatre of Scotland, on the board of UK Theatre and a Steering Committee member for Culture Counts.

John Holmes
Chartered surveyor, formerly Director of Regeneration & Tourism at ONE North East, CEO of Hull Forward, Head of Property at Durham Cathedral and Operations Director at Kielder Observatory. Non-exec roles include Group Chair of Bernicia Homes Group and trustee of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust.

Tom Marton (co-opted)
Freelance theatre practitioner.

Rhys McKinnell
Chief Executive Officer, Pub Culture Ltd.

Michelle Percy
Director of Place, Newcastle City Council.

Maya Torres (co-opted)
Artist - performer and writer.

Nicola Young (co-opted)
Contemporary artist, former Group Marketing Director NEC. 

Lucy Winskell OBE, DL
Lord Lieutenant Tyne and Wear, Chair North East England Local Enterprise Partnership, Board of Trustees at Centre for Life, Former Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund (North East Committee), Trustee Tyne and Wear Community Foundation and a number of other appointments.

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


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