B arts
Working creatively for change since 1985




Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
Alexandra Scott (Chair)
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.

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.

Beth Walton
Beth is a long time volunteer with B arts who has worked with the company for over 5 years on bread clubs, and a number of film projects. She is currently International Student Adviser at Staffordshire University and continues to  volunteer with the Stoke Film Theatre.

Tony Jones
I've lived in the Potteries since the early 80s during which time I've been part of the team running a complex cooperative business, and a senior voluntary-sector manager specialising in finance, ICT, quality, evaluation & organisational development. I retired in 2007 after becoming ill & disabled. I studied participatory arts at postgrad level in the noughties gaining experience in the UK and Europe. I am a participatory photographer & a musician (of sorts). My association with B Arts as commissioned artist, bakery volunteer, board member, project participant & fan-boy goes back many years.

Kelly Prince
Kelly has worked in or with the voluntary sector since 2002, when she joined Arch (North Staffs) and worked with rough sleepers. In 2005, Kelly was called to the Bar before returning to the voluntary sector as a support worker in a women's refuge. In 2009, she returned to Keele University to complete her PhD which explored the experiences of those working on the frontline of anti- human trafficking efforts. Kelly's post-doctoral research took her back to the voluntary sector, this time to organisations working with criminalised people. She has always had a passion for the power of art as a life-changing activity, especially for those living with multiple disadvantage. 

Kathy James-Castle
Kathy has a background in arts and regeneration that has included management, strategic development, organisational development, capital and social projects, and funding across Europe. She is now working on a PhD at Keele University Management School looking at creativity in organisations and careers.