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ARC’s Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring ARC’s aims and objectives are achieved. The Board is responsible for forward strategy and direction, approving the annual business plan and budget, and monitoring performance and delivery, supporting the Chief Executive & Artistic Director and her team.
Our board members have a diverse range of skills and backgrounds, which has the benefit of bringing a broad range of perspectives to board discussions. We value everyone’s contributions.
All board members share a commitment and enthusiasm to ARC’s values and objectives. The Board is keen to ensure that ARC achieves its aim of continued growth, delivering ARC’s aims and objectives from a strong, sound foundation.
Board meetings are held quarterly, with board members regularly attending productions and activities and involved in other activities as necessary, drawing on their particular skills.
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.
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.
Patrick set up Real Results Marketing in 2008, and has seen it grow into one of the region’s premier full-service marketing agencies, employing 32 associates. Its clients are from the public, private and the third sectors and include diverse industries such as; engineering, legal, childcare, retail, manufacturing, training and hospitality. Patrick’s role varies from strategic marketing and management to client liaison. He has particular expertise in brand management, advertising, planning and market research. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and chairs the Darlington Committee of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Tees Valley board.
Patrick’s twenty-five years of marketing experience encompasses a variety of commercial roles at organisations including United Provincial Newspapers plc, and Regional Independent Media plc. During this time in publishing he and his teams picked up almost every industry award possible. Prior to setting up Real Results Marketing he was the Sales and Marketing Director at Newsquest (Yorkshire and North East) Ltd, publishers of the award winning morning title, The Northern Echo.
In his latest venture, Patrick founded Corporate Personal Fitness, the North’s first specialist workplace wellbeing company.
Patrick, 48, is married with a eighteen-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he sleeps.
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