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QHA Trustees



I work with organisations and practitioners globally, providing support in and around film production, exhibition and distribution. Former Film Programmer and marketing lead for the Tyneside Cinema I now work with arts organisations, venues and festivals to develop their programme, fundraising and marketing strategies. 

Photo credit: The Film & TV Charity


I am a recently semi-retired teacher; I was the founding Head of Newcastle School for Boys. I am a Director of USA Study supporting students considering higher education in the USA and Canada.  I play alto saxophone in the Whittonstall Community Band and have always championed performing arts both in schools and the local community.  


I am a Hexham-based consultant in environmental policy, culture, heritage and the arts, working with United Nations organisations, universities and voluntary bodies; and in the UK I chair the Arts & Environment Network.  I write and lecture, and have served as a Director on a variety of Boards.


My career in London was as an arts administrator and at BBC TV. Since moving to the North East I have worked at the Community Foundation supporting groups in the voluntary sector. I bring a knowledge of running building-based organisations and fundraising to QHA along with a lifelong passion for the Arts.


I am a chartered accountant with almost 20 years’ experience of managing business strategy, management accounts, HR and company secretarial duties. I have also held a wide range of voluntary roles - Secretary with The Hearth in Horsley for 7 years, a Director of Go Local Food, and Chair of the Friends of Heddon School.  


I love the arts, the beautiful Northumberland landscape, culture, and heritage. I am a theatre-maker and producer, and I am currently doing a distance learning degree in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College. I have been involved with the arts all my life, including many performances on the Queen’s Hall stage, and I look forward to helping the Queens Hall become an artistic hub in the North. I hope to offer a youthful eye to the board and to help it emerge from this pandemic bolder than it was before.

Photo credit: November Club A Lit & Phil Carol (2019): Jason Thompson, Sound Ideas Media 


Tony combines a life sciences background with a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University Business School, and is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. He has held senior corporate communications positions within FTSE 250 and Nasdaq 100 companies, with responsibilities covering the entire corporate communications and investor relations spectrum. Tony’s science, medicine and technology writing has appeared in The Times, The Independent and numerous lay and specialist publications. He has broadcast for the BBC, written extensively for the Web and contributed to exhibitions at London’s Science Museum.

As an RAF Reserve Officer, he was awarded a Chief of the Air Staff Fellowship to study for a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics at Edinburgh University Law School.

His governance roles have included London mental health charity ‘New Directions Camden’, President and Board Chair of the Oral Health Foundation, and Chair of Tynedale Talking Newspaper. He has been a public governor of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and sits as an Expert Member on Newcastle & North Tyneside Research Ethics Committee.

Interests include fishing and playing trumpet in the Tyne Valley Big Band and Hexham Brass.


I have worked in the cultural sector for over 30 years and my current role is Project Director of Museums Northumberland bait, the Creative People and Places programme in South East Northumberland. I enjoy building partnerships and collaborating across sectors and have skills and experience as a commissioner, connecting artists and communities. I have also worked in cultural sector fundraising. My personal creativity is in music, playing the violin whenever I can.


I am a theatre-passionate arts advocate with 20 years’ of experience working in the creative industries specialising in community participation, engagement and dance education. Being neurodivergent and disabled, I am extremely passionate about inclusion: committed to increasing equality of opportunity within the arts and promoting accessible high-standard cultural experiences for all. I’m an RSA Fellow and the founder of the award-winning North East Dance Co-operative. 

The Queen’s Hall played a pivotal role in nurturing my belief that a career in the arts was possible, and I am honoured to now serve as a Trustee. 


Garry Lyons is an award-winning playwright, scriptwriter and producer.  He has written for the National Theatre, playhouses all over the UK, and extensively for television and radio.  He has recently moved to Hexham after 15 years as director of the masters programme in Writing for Performance and Publication at the University of Leeds, which he designed and launched in 2006.   His broadcast work has been seen in more than 60 countries, and he has taught and lectured on scriptwriting in India, China, Australia, New Zealand and various countries in Europe.  In 2013 he was a Humanities Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.


I have had a 30 year career in culture and tourism in Northumberland. I worked for both Tynedale and Northumberland County Councils developing and providing opportunities for people to engage in arts, heritage, tourism and leisure activities. More recently, as Director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, I worked with partners to deliver economic, social and wellbeing benefits through culture and tourism.

I have a long association with Queens Hall Arts and was instrumental in the initial setting up of the charity.