Trustees

Trustees

Trustees


Paul Graham - Chair

Paul Graham - Chair

Paul has been a member of the Arts Alive board for more years than he cares to remember. He is a former lawyer widely experienced in the Arts and Government.

After practising as a solicitor for a number of years he – as he puts it – moved to more interesting work, taking overall responsibility for a regional theatre and cinema complex and leading teams that conceived and managed several large building schemes. More latterly he worked for central government as a full time public tribunal chairman.

His hobby job is artistic director at Ledbury’s Market Theatre where from time to time he also treads the boards.


Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Kim Smith is a former Royal Air Force Pilot who moved to the Shropshire area in 1998 to set up his own picture framing business and gallery in the village of Leintwardine. He has been a Flicks and Live promoter and a trustee since 2010. He is involved with a number of charities and business organisations locally.


Jan Doran

Jan Doran

Jan’s career has been almost entirely spent teaching drama, initially in London but for the last 30 years in Herefordshire.  She has been involved in developing courses as well producing and directing performances within secondary, tertiary and higher education.  She has also managed a venue promoting a range of live events in Hereford.

Jan is keen on all aspects of the arts and delights in the variety of performances, including mask, mime, opera, puppets, that do the rural rounds under the umbrella of Arts Alive.

When not in the garden Jan enjoys film, food, travelling, yoga and walking.  


Harriet Green

Harriet Green

Harriet Green is currently Director of Digital at the British Council.  She lives in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire with her husband and two children.  She previously spent many years at the BBC, becoming a Commissioning Editor at the BBC World Service.  Having grown up in rural Herefordshire, she is deeply interested in providing more opportunities for cultural experiences of all kinds for people in rural communities. 


Jeannie McGillivray

Jeannie McGillivray

Jeannie has lived in South Shropshire with her husband and daughter for over 20 years. Co-founder of Remote New Media, she has spent 16 of those years managing many design and software development projects, from branding to enterprise level on-line applications, for a broad range of clients in the UK and overseas from her very rural agency. Jeannie has worked very closely with Arts Alive on the evolution of the Arts Alive website over the years, and is looking forward to bringing her skills to her new role as a Trustee.

 


Hannah Prior

Hannah Prior

Hannah Prior trained at The Central School Of Speech And Drama graduating with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice. After graduation she worked for ten years as a theatre maker and actor touring and performing in the UK and Europe. Alongside her work as a theatre maker she ran participatory theatre programmes in London, creating work with groups who are typically excluded from taking part in the arts. Since moving back to Shropshire she has co-founded Ignition, a not for profit participatory arts organisation who work with children, young people and adults using multi disciplinary theatre as a tool for social impact and change. 

 

Helen Powers

Helen Powers

After her first Classics degree, Helen took a Post-Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration at the City University, London. She has been the Administrator of small touring companies, and of an Association of small scale opera companies. She has been on the Board of Management of Arts based companies, and has used her financial acumen in different Arts situations. She lives near Hereford, and her local village hall is currently one of the Arts Alive receiving venues. 


Ben Mowbray

Ben Mowbray

Ben is Company Director of Our Star Theatre Company and trained on the Actors’ Studio at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is a professional performer, director and producer, working with such companies as Children’s Touring Partnership, Feral Productions, Courtyard Productions and Our Star Theatre Company. As someone with close links to touring theatre, Arts Alive was a perfect pairing for him, helping a cause close to his own heart.


PATRONS


Julie Christie

Julie Christie

We are delighted to have iconic film actress Julie Christie as a patron of Flicks in the Sticks. She is the star of many classic British Films, such as Billy Liar, Don’t Look Now and Dr Zhivago, as well as more contemporary films such as Glorious 39, which has toured widely on the Flicks network.

Julie says, "as someone who loves to live in the country but bemoans the sacrifice that has to be made through the dearth of good live shows and the rarity of quality films available on a big screen, I am very happy to be associated with Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks and recommend this exciting initiative." 


Norman Wanstall

Norman Wanstall

As a schoolboy, Norman's first taste of the film industry came after a visit to Pinewood Studios, the experience left a lasting impression and from then on he dreamed of working in the movies. He began his impressive career as a trainee film editor on Jumping for Joy starring Frankie Howerd. After a plethora of editing credits he went on to work on the very first James Bond film, Dr. No as sound effects editor. He would then work on several more films in the Bond franchise, winning an Oscar in 1965 for Best Sound Effects Editing on Goldfinger. 

A founding member of the Guild of British Film Editors and he represented Britain on the first Features Jury at the Cork Film Fesitval. We are delighted to have Norman as our patron. 


Tony Hawks

Tony Hawks

We are honoured to have Tony Hawks, the well known TV and radio comedian and bestselling author as our patron. Hawks donated half of the royalties from his book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis to a trust fund for Moldova, which was used to open the Hippocrates Centre, a medical centre that provides rehabilitative therapy for disabled children from socially vulnerable families. Hawks continues to support Hippocrates through fundraising and personal involvement and was awarded an MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for his work with the centre.

Tony says, “I came across Flicks in the Sticks last year when I was touring with my film Round Ireland With a Fridge, and I was taken aback not only by the scale of the Flicks operation but by the dedication of the volunteer promoters who bring so much pleasure to rural communities. I therefore wanted to lend my support to Flicks, and to help them, in any way I can, especially at this time of drastic cuts.”