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-The Tempest, Act V, Scene I
We are incredibly grateful to our wonderful Trustees who volunteer their time and expertise to Shakespeare North Playhouse.
The President of Shakespeare North Trust is the 19th Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley, living locally to Shakespeare North Playhouse. It is a wonderful historical link; where the creativity began 500 years ago, it remains, steadfast and enthusiastic today.
We have three Honorary Patrons: Dame Judi Dench, Dame Vanessa Redgrave, and Glenda May Jackson CBE. All of whom have been with the project for many years. They advise and give volunteer support at events and via programming of content.
As Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision in 2010, Max oversaw Liverpool’s award-winning six-month participation in the World EXPO Shanghai 2010, a six-month global event based around the theme of ‘better city, better life’. Max was awarded the OBE in 1997. In June 2013 Max was awarded the CBE for services to Business and the Community in the Birthday Honours List. He was also awarded a Senior Fellowship at Liverpool Hope University in 2011 and a Doctorate at Liverpool University in 2019. Max was appointed Chair of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in August 2015, the Chair of the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre in December 2019 and the Chair of Southport Flower Show in January 2020. Max was previously on the Board of the Royal Court Theatre and is currently a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool. In March 2020, Max was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside. Having witnessed at first hand the transformation brought about in Liverpool, particularly utilising culture as a force for positive change, Max was particularly attracted by the hugely transformative potential which the Shakespeare North Project could offer. Max Steinberg was appointed Chair of Shakespeare North Trust in January 2020 and has been a Trustee since 2016. He was also Chair of the Development Committee from 2018 -2020.
Saphena is the Director of Inclusion for Curious Minds. Her role is to support colleagues to ensure projects and programmes are proactively inclusive and she works particularly in engaging people of colour as well as contributing to broader inclusion aims. She also works with several organisations including:
Saphena is also an independent theatre producer mainly working on producing the work of 2 women for HOME and Everyman Theatre and championing the work of Northern Black, Asian and Ethnically diverse creatives. She became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in April 2022.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and having worked in several hotels as a General Manager he changed course to work in destination management in 1999. Initially he worked for five years at The Mersey Partnership as Director of Tourism, Director of Operations and interim Chief Executive before taking the role of Chief Executive at Marketing Cheshire, formerly Visit Chester and Cheshire, in 2004. He returned to Liverpool in 2013 to establish Marketing Liverpool and to promote the city as a first-class destination for visitors, investors and students. Chris is also responsible with its key partners in promoting the Liverpool brand nationally and internationally. He is a keen follower of all things Scotland and continues a long-held ambition to finally see the country win something. He became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in May 2020 and serves on our Development Committee as well as supporting the creation of our Marketing & Audience Development Strategy.
Coral is a qualified accountant working in practice specialising in the Not-for-Profit sector, she has 10 years’ experience in the accountancy world from training in AAT at 18 years old, to transitioning to audit to complete her ACCA (chartered certified qualification). At the point of starting a family Coral moved from audit into accounts in practice and has never looked back! Coral enjoys preparing complex charity accounts and advisory pieces for the sector. Outside of work Coral like to perform in shows, watch shows, or help shows happen, which is why the Shakespeare North Trust won her heart. She became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in May 2021 and serves on our Finance Committee.
Jon has extensive experience at senior levels in cutting-edge digital technologies. He recently secured £1.2m funding from GCHQ to deliver unique programmes with diverse audiences including cyber apprenticeships for young neuro-diverse individuals, social impact projects centred on sexual health awareness; resilience for young people; tech innovation labs, and a GCHQ Fellowship programme. Jon was Chief Digital Officer for the City of Salford. Prior to this he has had several Director roles including educational establishments – schools, colleges, and universities. He has been on several boards including Liverpool Vision, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society non-executive director; Liverpool Education Partnership Innovation Board; Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board; Teach First Regional Council; Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Task Force; Greater Manchester Digital Steering Group, Digital Salford skills for schools, Salford Culture and Place Partnership. He became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in April 2022.
Faye is the Managing Director at The ACC Liverpool Group; operators of the M&S Bank Arena, ACC Liverpool Conference Centre, Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Liverpool Hotel, and owners of Ticket Quarter a regional ticketing business. Faye previously held the position of Corporate Services Director at the organisation, following a successful move to the city from Manchester in 2019, where she was most latterly Deputy CEO and CFO at Manchester Central. Faye brings a wealth of experience and insight into the events and hospitality industry, having held senior positions in the sector for over 10 years. She is currently a member of the Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy Board and Liverpool’s Culture and Commerce BID (Business Improvement Districts) Board. Faye is also a Chartered Accountant, having spent a decade working for KPMG before moving into the industry. She became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in April 2022.
Mike’s local government career in the Liverpool City Region spans 35 years – the last 24 years have been at Knowsley Council. He has been Knowsley Council’s Chief Executive since November 2014, having previously held the position of Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to this, Mike held Director levels roles in Finance, Corporate Resources, and Regeneration and Economic Development, and has personally led a series of transformation and regeneration programmes, latterly including the regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre and the development of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot. Mike started his local government career at Sefton Council in an entry level post before training and qualifying as an accountant. As well as his Chief Executive role, Mike is also the Returning Officer for Elections in the Borough of Knowsley, and the current lead Chief Executive in the Liverpool City Region for Financial Management and Housing and Spatial Planning. As Chief Executive of Knowsley Council, he has played a key role in initiating the project to develop the Shakespeare North Playhouse – joining the Board was a way for him to protect this key asset for the Knowsley community. He became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in October 2016.
Léann has a background in growing, developing, and leading businesses and after beginning her career in engineering, she became managing director of an international manufacturing business in 2000. Non-Executive roles in housing led her to move to the sector in 2008 and she is currently Chief Executive of Livv Housing Group in Knowsley. People matter to her and supporting ambition, nurturing aspirations, and creating opportunities are central to the work she does with businesses and communities. She is a non-executive director at Yorkshire Housing Group and Northern Housing Consortium and supports partners in Knowsley in the Better Together Partnership. She became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in May 2020 and serves on our Finance Committee.
Alistair has recently retired after completing 25 years as a daily newspaper editor. He was Editor of the Liverpool Echo and Editor in Chief for Trinity Mirror North-West and North Wales and several other publications prior to this and worked as a journalist in the regions for 41 years. He has been a member of various boards and committees including the Arena and Convention Centre, Independent Press Standards Organisation, Merseyside Crimestoppers, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Liverpool Cultural Partnership and Hillsborough Justice Fighting Fund. He became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in April 2022.
Peter is currently an Independent Marketing & Communications Advisor, being the Chair and Trustee of several leading Northwest organisations including Storyhouse Chester, Bluecoat Liverpool, Manchester Literature Festival, Marketing Cheshire (LEP) and Open Eye, Liverpool. He has considerable experience of Board membership, and his former Chair, Trustee and Committee roles are extensive – his summary including 26 organisations. Peter has an extensive background in marketing and communications and was an Executive Director of Marketing & Communications of Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) for 11 years. He became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in April 2022.
Ian is a town planner and chartered surveyor with a strong commitment to building viable, vibrant, and inclusive places. During an extensive career, he has contributed to the economic regeneration of Manchester and Liverpool and, established and delivered the UK’s International Business Festival 2014–2018 as Festival Director. Ian is a director of several not-for-profit organisations including the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Commercial District BID, and his own consultancy. He became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in May 2020 and serves on our Development Committee as well as supporting the creation of our Marketing & Audience Development Strategy.
Sue is an experienced HR Professional who has been a Trustee Director with Shakespeare North for two years supporting HR and Leadership Development. She was most recently HR Director at Kellogg’s where she held several roles including European Talent Director and HR Director for the UK and Ireland Commercial Business.
Sue lives in Rainhill, Merseyside and is delighted to be supporting the development of Shakespeare North in her local area and beyond. She was attracted to join the Shakespeare North Trust Board as it is a truly unique and exciting project taking place in her local area. The opportunity to play my part in creating an iconic venue that will provide inclusive and high quality cultural, performance and educational programmes is one she could not resist. She became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in May 2020.
Julie is Principal of Royal Holloway and Professor of English Literature and Drama. Her educational specialism is focused on Shakespeare and early modern literature. She has published widely, not least on literary geographies (she co-edits a commissioning series for Oxford University Press) and on adaptation studies. She is currently working on a scholarly edition of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 for Cambridge University Press. Julie does regular work for various research councils including the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Research England and she is also a trustee of The Globe Theatre and Northern Stage. As a Shakespeare researcher and as someone interested in the importance of place and community in educational contexts, Julie saw this as such an exciting project to get involved with by becoming a trustee. She became a trustee in May 2021 and is part of our Learning and Engagement committee.
Nicola is a purposeful leader whose guiding ethos is that people matter. She believes every individual has the potential to create positive ripples of impact. As founder and Managing Director of Creative Bridge she leads a collective of brand and communications experts, to increase the influence and impact of purposeful businesses. She became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in spring 2021 and serves on our Development Committee as well as supporting the creation of our Marketing & Audience Development Strategy. She is also a non-executive director of an independent training company. Her ultimate vision is to enable every person or organisation she connects with to be the best they can be, so they in turn, can create positive ripples of impact. Nicola is keen to be part of this flagship, arts project that will touch and change lives, whilst helping to regenerate Knowsley, making a massive contribution to the north-west region.
Sheena is currently the Venue Director at The Factory, Manchester International Festival, having been appointed in 2021. Her role is in the opening and launch of this significant cultural building in 2023. She previously held the post of Theatre Director for the Palace Theatre & Opera House, Manchester (Ambassadors Theatre Group) for four years. Included in her experience in this role is her establishment of the Palace Theatre & Opera House Trust, launching a community and education programme. Her background includes several other Executive Director roles including HOME Manchester and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She became trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust in April 2022.