TRUSTEES

Mark Robinson, Chair
Mark is the founder of Thinking Practice, out of which he consults, coaches, researches, and writes. His work on adaptive resilience is now being used internationally. He is an Associate of Mission Models Money, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a widely-anthologised poet. He was previously Executive Director of Arts Council England, North East.

Marie Nixon, Vice-Chair
Marie works across the education and charities sectors as the Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland Students’ Union. She is also a musician and songwriter as well as a Trustee of Beamish Museum and the MAC Trust in Sunderland. Marie is interested in social change and social justice, particularly in the context of North East England.

James Armstrong
James is an Associate Solicitor at Muckle LLP, a leading commercial law firm based in Newcastle. He has seven years experience of acting for landowners, developers, investors and occupiers, and has a good knowledge of the legislation that affects charities and their trustees.

Julia Bell
Julia is Head of Partnerships (Visual Arts) at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Her role is to build strategic partnerships, networks and collaborations on behalf of BALTIC and the visual arts sector. Previously she worked as a Freelance Consultant and Curator for 6 years and prior to that she was Curator at Middlesbrough Art Gallery 1999-2003 and Acting Collections Curator at the Crafts Council 1998. Julia has a Masters in Museum & Gallery Studies, a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Northumbria, and is a Board Trustee of the York Museum Trust. A Fellow of the RSA, Julia is also an Industry Advisor for the National Skills Academy in England for Creative & Cultural Skills.

Vicki Brown
Vicki is the Director of Financial Reporting and Control for Vertu Motors plc, an AIM listed company which operates motor dealerships throughout the UK. Vicki trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and has experience and knowledge of the accounting and auditing of charities.  Vicki brings a breadth of both technical and practical experience with regards to financial reporting, auditing, internal controls, project management, problem solving, systems, payroll, acquisitions and integration.

Benjamin Cook
Benjamin is the founder Director of LUX, the UK agency for the support and promotion of artists' working with the moving image. He has been involved in the independent art and film sectors in the UK for the past 20 years as a writer, producer, archivist, teacher and curator.

Adam Lopardo
Adam has been Director of The Sponsors Club for the past seven years, responsible for private philanthropy and business partnerships that support culture in North East England. He previously set up Ticketmaster’s regional marketing function and ran their operation in Scotland. Adam is a board member of New Writing North and sits on the advisory committee of Globe Gallery.

Keith Merrin
Keith has spent the last 15 years running some of the North East’s most high profile museums, galleries and arts projects. He is currently Director of the National Glass Centre in Sunderland following on from roles at Woodhorn in Northumberland, Bede’s World in Jarrow and the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. A member of the board of North East Cultural Partnership and National Steering Group for Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places Programme, Keith is an experienced charity Chief Executive and a strong advocate for placing audiences and communities at the heart of the cultural sector.