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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, DL Chair 
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Employment and Partnerships at Northumbria University; 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.

Robin Cantrill-Fenwick
Chief Executive of Baker Richards, Former Deputy Executive Director of the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

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.

Rhys McKinnell
Director of Restaurants, Fenwick Ltd

Michelle Percy
Director of Place, Newcastle City Council

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

Susan Wear, DL
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. 

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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