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I was born and raised in the Newcastle and now live in Allendale with my husband, two children and two horses.  I am a solicitor working in a city centre firm in Newcastle but have had a lifelong passion for performing arts (both as a spectator and, just for fun, acting).

Born and raised in the North East of England, I received my degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Leeds in 2000. Since then I have worked in ICT consultancy, education and catering. I am a member of Women in Film and Television and the Writer's Guild of Great Britain.

Born in Hexham, I have had a varied career - in banking for 3 years, Fire Brigade for 18 years and taught Maths at a High School for 15 years. I became a town councillor 6 years ago, was Mayor of Hexham for 2 years and have been a County Councillor since May 2017.I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I’m a massive Newcastle Falcons fan and have parachuted 5 times (love it).

I am an experienced freelance writer, content manager and creative consultant, with an extensive employment history in publishing, marketing, PR, arts programming and arts management. I have worked at the Crafts Council, Islington, and Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre, and was latterly Artistic Director of Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre near Sedbergh.

I recently retired from Edinburgh University, where I was Tovey Professor of Music, after a long career of teaching, research and writing about the sociology of music.  I had a parallel career as a music journalist and chaired the judges of the Mercury Music Prize for 25 years. I have a particular interest in music policy and I am presently writing a history of live music in Britain since 1950.

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.  

My professional experience is in governance, marketing and communications.  I’ve a range of non-executive and regulatory roles.  Locally, I’m a member of the Advisory Panel of the North East Fund for the Arts and a non-executive director of Northumbria Students’ Union.  From my early days, music and theatre have been a big part of my life.  I live in Bingfield, with my husband Sean – a primary school teacher.

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 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.