Board of Trustees

Afreena Islam

Afreena Islam

Board Member / Freelance Artist and Producer

I have worked in a shoe shop, a call centre, for a pizza place, a stockbrokers, in tiny local organisations and huge multi-national corporations… And it all began in my dad’s restaurant aged 7, where I was paid £20 ...

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Kate Dorney

Kate Dorney

Senior Lecturer in Theatre & Performance, University of Manchester

I am a Senior Lecturer in Theatre & Performance at the University of Manchester and research and teach across twentieth and twenty-first century performance practice, from Shakespeare; arts funding; scenography and costume design and performance documentation and curation.

Before coming to ...

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Dil Sidhu

Dil Sidhu

Chair of Board of Trustees

Dil Sidhu is Chief External Officer at Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester where he is responsible for key commercial relationships and stakeholder engagement. An alumnus of London Business School and Harvard University, and with experience gained ...

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Councillor Janet Emsley

Councillor Janet Emsley

Welfare and Community Officer, Wardle Academy

My name is Janet Emsley, currently I work as a Welfare and Community Officer at Wardle Academy, Rochdale. My role is now a combination of Staff Welfare and Director of Performing Arts.

I am a graduate of  the University of ...

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Dr. Simon Parry

Dr. Simon Parry

Lecturer in Arts Management and Drama, University of Manchester

I work at the University of Manchester where I research and teach about contemporary arts practices. I’m particularly interested in theatre and performance practices in educational and community contexts. I’m also keen to promote collaboration across cultures and ...

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Jo Beggs

Jo Beggs

Head of Development Manchester Museums Partnership

I have extensive experience in capital and revenue fundraising and currently head up the Development Teams across Manchester City Galleries, Manchester Museum and the Whitworth.

I have been part of the Whitworth’s transformation into one of the UK’s ...

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Kate Jones

Kate Jones

Founder, Inspired Lives

Kate is a fully qualified Solicitor and Organisational Psychologist, who has operated extensively at board level in a variety of industry sectors, including ITV, Kellogg’s and as a Partner in an international law firm. With senior management roles in ...

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Lucy Dusgate

Lucy Dusgate

Programme Manager - Quays Culture

I lead the Quays Culture arts programme that is based at MediaCityUK/Salford Quays. My remit is to animate the public spaces with large-scale and sometimes smaller works of art and performances of world-class quality. I have a broad range ...

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Peter Fell

Peter Fell

Director of Regional & Economic Affairs, University of Manchester

Peter is a member of Contact's Board of Trustees. 

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Reece Williams

Reece Williams

Project Administrator at Young Identity

Reece is a Project Administrator at Young Identity, a Manchester-based creative writing and performance project for young people aged between 13 and 25 years old.

Reece is a poet (Young Identity & Inna Voice Collectives) peer mentor, workshop facilitator and aspiring ...

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Steven Lindsay

Steven Lindsay

Corporate Finance Partner - CLB Coopers Chartered Accountant

I am a Scottish adopted-Mancunian, Corporate Financier (with CLB Coopers), music gig-goer & dwindling football player. I am also a trustee of the People’s History Museum

I have joined Contact to try to bring my expertise, networks and interest in ...

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William Thomson

William Thomson

Head of Office-Divisional Director for Brewin Dolphin's Office

William’s Stockbroking and Investment Management career started in 1986, in Liverpool, then via Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and back to Manchester in 2011 to take up the role of Head of Office for Brewin Dolphin’s Office in the City.

With ...

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Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Manchester

Patrick Johnson is the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Manchester. He manages an equality team who provide advice, support and guidance to managers, staff and students across the University.

Patrick is also a director and ...

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