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Arts and Media Co-production with everyone.
Whatever your age, ability or circumstance.

Our Board of Trustees


Alison Shaw, Chair

Alison Shaw

Alison is Director of North East Futures UTC and has nearly 30 years of experience in education. She is also a Trustee of the National Foundation for Educational Research and has held a wide range of other non-executive director roles. She has a strong interest and commitment to arts and culture in the region.

Read Alison's Monday Interview from the Journal, 8 August 2016

Keith Appleton, Vice Chair

Keith Appleton

Keith has over 25 years of experience within the public sector, providing key statutory services to a range of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups as a Jobcentre Plus and Youth Offending Service Manager. Keith’s also a magistrate.

Neil Canavan

Neil Canavan

Neil is a sculptor. He produces both public and private commissions in the UK and abroad, as well as working on community-based arts projects. He was awarded a Masters in Fine Art by Newcastle University. He’s a big music fan and enjoys going to live music concerts of anything from European and Indian classical music through to jazz, folk and world music.

Alex Shiel

Alex Shiel

Alex is Partner and Head of IP/IT team at Ward Hadaway, providing legal advice and support to a wide range of businesses and individuals, from musicians and designers, through software developers and engineers to pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Alex enjoys working with people who have great ideas and are developing ground breaking new businesses.

Marcia Ley

Marcia Ley

Marcia Ley graduated in Painting at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in 1980 and completed an M.A in Printmaking at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1980-81). She has been based in the North East of England since the early 80’s. She is a lecturer, Artist and Local Preacher in the Methodist Church.

Mark Fenwick

Mark Fenwick

Mark is a specialist in accessing finance for high growth companies, with a particular emphasis on supporting company acceleration. He is a successful entrepreneur and is currently growing a property-based business in Northumberland focused on the wedding, hospitality and holiday sectors.

Helix Arts is IIP Accredited and an Equal Opportunities employer. We are committed to developing the profile of both our project teams and board of trustees so that they better reflect the communities in which we work. People from BAME and low socio-economic backgrounds are currently under-represented in our governance and we encourage potential candidates from those backgrounds, and from a wider age range, to join our Board.

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