Our staff and board

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Staff Team

Susan Clarke – Artistic Director

Rebecca Frankenberg – Joint Director of External Partnerships

Hilary Hughes – Joint Director of External Partnerships

Trevelyan Wright – Executive Director
Has worked for many leading cultural organisations over the past twenty-five years in senior posts, including Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Museum, The Public, Salisbury Playhouse and The Watermill Theatre. He has recently finished a five-year term as Chair of C&T Theatre Company and is on the West Midlands Grants Committee of a major national children’s charity. He completed the MA in Cultural Leadership at City University in 2011.

Board of Trustees

Paul Challacombe (Chair)
Paul has been working professionally within the arts circuit for a number of years, from being a Gallery Curator to now working as an Arts Development Officer at East Staffordshire Borough Council. He also finds the time to exhibit his own work, which depicts the human form. Paul lives locally in Newcastle under Lyme and has been a board member for about a year. Other interests include climbing, walking, and is a volunteer for a local youth organisation.

Matthew Warne (Treasurer)
First became involved in financial management in Australia for clients ranging from the NSW Treasury and the Australian Stock Exchange to Technology and Facilities Management firms in the 1990s. Since then he has worked within the discipline across a number of industries in both Australia, and for the last thirteen years, here in the UK.
He has been responsible for change management at a number of these, where he has built teams and complete financial processes from the ground up to successful audit.
He comes from an analytical background, dealing with Investment boards, CFO/CTOs on a daily basis, and has two degrees in Commerce and the post-graduate Certified Practicing Accountant (Australia).

David Rennie
Is the Social Enterprise Officer for Argyll and Bute Council, and before that was Co-ordinator for a Social Inclusion Project on Bute. He has has a long career as Production Manager, Artsworker and Pyro-Technician with several community arts organisation.

Alexandra Scott
Alexandra Scott is currently the Administrator for Making Music’s Award for Young Concert Artists scheme and Theatre Manager at Stoke Film Theatre, where she is also a volunteer House Manager. For 23 years she was the Artistic Director of Keele Concerts Society and also enjoyed working for B-Arts in a number of different roles, including Link Worker supporting young asylum seekers and refugees and Management Support worker. She lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has six cats and enjoys gardening, keep fit, theatre, film, and refurbishing furniture.

Tony Jones

Clay (2009) Photograph: Behjat Abdulla