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Our Trustees

Alison Shaw


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Alison has been a modern languages teacher and headteacher over the last 30 years. She is Vice President 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.

Alex Shiel


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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.

Chloe Lawrence


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Chloe is the Programmes Manager at ARC Stockton and has been working in the arts in the North East since 2013 following a stint at Arts Council England’s head office. As Programmes Manager Chloe oversees the work on stage, screen and in the gallery and the participatory programmes.

Marcia Ley


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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 Buckley


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Mark is the Head of Sales for a Trade Association within the Financial Services sector and has also co-run a Youth Theatre in Newcastle for the last 15 years.

Michelle Steggles


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Michelle is a wealth manager at a financial institution.

Simon Woods


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Simon is a Reader in Bioethics and Deputy-Director of PEALS at Newcastle University. He is a philospher who works in bioethics, medical ethics and social philosophy. Since joining PEALS in 2003 his research has expanded to include medical technology, genomics, and ‘Big Data’ for health.

Helix Arts is 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 BAMER 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.

We are currently seeking a treasurer to join our board of trustees. This would involve quarterly board meetings and supporting the finance sub-group. Anyone interested should review the role descriptor and contact our Cheryl Gavin, Director 07976 240570.

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Helix Arts is an Arts Award Centre

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