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ARC is governed by a board of trustees who support, guide and manage the organisation to ensure it meets its objectives. Current members of the board of trustees include:
Lynne Snowball (Chair)
Lynne is a finance professional with extensive experience in senior management in the public sector, working across the North East, and past North East Chair of CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy). She is a non-executive Director at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and chairs the Audit Committee for the Office of the Children's Commissioner. She has a longstanding interest in the arts and is part of a local choir.
Local writer and taxi driver Ishy enjoyed immense success with his play, Snookered which is currently touring the UK culminating in a four week run at the Bush theatre in London. He is currently the writer in Residence at the Manchester Royal Exchange and is developing another play for Tamasha, the company behind Snookered. He is also writing a radio play for Pacificus Productions.
Jessica hails originally from Sheffield and has lived in Stockton on Tees for nearly 10 years since moving there to develop her career in banking. Following a diverse range of roles from Retail to Private and Commercial banking a change of scenery was on the cards and she now works for the Entrepreneurs' Forum, splitting her time between Newcastle and Teesside. Having travelled abroad and performed as a member of a young peoples choir in Sheffield she has always had an interest in the arts and was a trustee of LYO for a number of years. Jessica is also the newest addition to the board at DanceCity in Newcastle. A keen and competitive runner, Jessica has been raising money for local charities since 2005 and enjoys an active lifestyle and travelling and tasting new cultures at every given opportunity.
Director of Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT), Kate works as a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Northumbria University, and over the past three years has also worked at Leeds Metropolitan University, as well as in various international contexts working with students in Spain, Croatia and Romania. Kate’s one-woman show Hand Me Down received a Fringe First nomination at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008 and was subsequently re-staged at Live Theatre, Newcastle, Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania and Tristan Bates Theatre in London. As founding member and co-artistic director of Mouth to Mouth International Performance Collective, Kate has performed at various venues and festivals including BAC, LIFT, Whitechapel Gallery, Northern Stage and Dublin Fringe Festival.
Laura is a marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience, having worked at companies such as Procter & Gamble and Heinz both within the UK and internationally. Laura moved back to the North East in 2011 and now works as the Head of Marketing at a local agency based in Stokesley, spending her working life providing marketing consultancy to business across the region. Outside of work, Laura has a young family and loves the outdoors, even dabbling in a spot of trail running.
Paul Williams is a Stockton GP and public health doctor who represents local GP’s on the Stockton-on-Tees Health and Wellbeing Board and is on the Governing Body of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group. Paul has spent his career in the North East of England and in Africa, where he led a hospital and community health program as a volunteer for five years. He recently spoke of his experiences in Uganda in a sell-out show, Living on the Edge of the Impenetrable Forest at ARC, with all profits going to the Mary Thompson Fund, a charity which supports refugees and people seeking sanctuary in the Tees Valley area. He is passionate about reducing health inequalities and about improving access to the arts for disadvantaged groups.
Following graduation as an art historian and conservator, Godfrey began his career at the British Museum, simultaneously establishing Cultural Instructions; an independent exhibition space in London. He subsequently worked as Director of the Southampton City Art Gallery and in 2002, became the founding Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. In 2008 he was appointed Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and three years later launched BALTIC 39; a significant second site for the institution. He was appointed as Director of the Henry Moore Foundation in 2015. He has published and lectured widely, serving as an external examiner and judge for many institutions and prizes, including the Turner Prize in 2011. He has chaired, amongst others, the Visual Arts and Galleries Association and the Contemporary Visual Arts Network. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws by Northumbria University in 2012.
Laura Cresser, Relationship Manager, Arts Council England
Jan Doherty, Arts Development Manager, Stockton Borough Council
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure & Culture, Stockton Borough Council