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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.

Lucy Winskell, OBE Chair 
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Employment and Partnerships at Northumbria University; Chair North East England Chamber of Commerce; Board of Trustees at Centre for Life, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund (North East Committee); Trustee, Tyne and Wear Community Foundation and a number of other appointments.

Paul Callaghan, CBE, DL, FRSA,
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.

Robin Cantrill-Fenwick
Former Deputy Executive Director of the Mercury Theatre in Colchester

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

Ross Elgie
Chief Financial Officer at Kilfrost, a leading manufacturer of de-icing and heat transfer fluids. He has 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.

Rhys McKinnell
Store Director Newcastle, Fenwick Ltd

Michelle Percy
Assistant Director, Corporate Development, Newcastle City Council

Lucy Robson
An audit partner for RSM, a national professional services firm. She specialises in working with charity and education clients

Paul Shevlin
Paul is an Employment Rights lawyer and Partner at Thompsons’ Solicitors based in their Newcastle and Leeds Office.

Susan Wear
Independent communications consultant,  background in brand development of cities and global businesses.  Governor of Tyne Coast College and South Shields Marine School and Academy Trust. Playwright and former award-winning 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.

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


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