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Our Trustees

Alison Shaw


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


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.

Catherine Johns

As vice-chair of the United Kingdom Science Park Association and board director of the International Association of Science Parks, Ms Johns has been recognised for pioneering new approaches to developing innovation ecosystems. She is a founder of the Women in IASP global network to raise the profile of females working in the science park industry, a founder of Dance Ventures Ltd, which helps creative companies articulate what makes them unique, and manager of Southpaw Dance Company. She is also a director of Generator, and a member of the North East LEP’s Innovation Board.

Chloe Lawrence

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 Buckley

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.

Michelle Steggles

Michelle is a wealth manager at a financial institution.

Paul Lancaster

After spending over 15 years helping other people start and grow their businesses in the North East and across the UK, Paul launched his own ‘Plan Digital’ business in 2016 to focus on making Newcastle and the wider North East of England the best place to start and grow a business in the UK.

Simon Woods

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 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.

2nd Floor
51 Bedford Street
North Shields
NE29 0AT

Charity no. 700956
Company Reg no. 2114849

Helix Arts is a Living Wage employer

Helix Arts is an Artsmark Partner
Helix Arts is IIP Accredited

Helix Arts is an Arts Award Centre
Helix Arts is an Arts Council England NPO