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Peter Mearns (Chair)


Peter Mearns was appointed Chair in November 2016. He was previously an Executive Director at the Northwest Development Agency and held positions as Deputy Chair of Arts Council England (Northwest), Member of Tate Liverpool Council, Trustee of FACT and the Liverpool Biennial, Member of the Nations & Group for London 2012 and Chair of the 2012 Northwest Torch Relay Steering Group. Peter was instrumental in helping win the European Capital of Culture bid for Liverpool in 2008, the same year that Bluecoat re-opened after a £14 million re-development. Now working as a Marketing & Communications Advisor and practising Artist & Photographer, Peter is also Chair of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Vice Chair of Storyhouse (Chester), Trustee of Open Eye and Committee Member of Tate Liverpool. He brings with him extensive experience in the arts and sports sectors.

Ralph Bullivant

Ralph has lived in or around Liverpool for most of his life and is a partner in the property team at Hill Dickinson Solicitors working in the City Centre. Ralph is Chair of Homebaked Community Land Trust based in Anfield having been a member of their board since 2013. In his spare time he cooks, listens to loud music, enjoys art and his children and puts off trying to finish the book he is writing about mackerel and West Cork.

Robert Corbett

Having worked at Liverpool City Council for over 30 years Robert’s most recent post was as the City Treasure where he had statutory responsibility for overseeing the finances and financial administration of the City Council.

Jamie Eastman


Jamie Eastman (b1972) has an accomplished career in arts and culture including contemporary art, performance and music. Before joining Bath as Director of Arts, Jamie held senior roles at Lancaster University, Arnolfini, Bristol and the ICA, London with responsibility for artistic, strategic and operational direction.

Amy de Joia

Amy de Joia is a museum and university consultant, specialising in strategy development, fundraising and external engagement. 

Amy is Emeritus Director of Development and Communications, National Museums Liverpool. She a trustee of the PH Holt Foundation and the Albert Dock Charitable Foundation, and is a director of the Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership CIC. 

Cy Powell

Cy, until his retirement at the end of 2011, worked in development and regeneration for a number of registered social landlords. His most recent post was as Regeneration Director for a housing association in north Liverpool where from 2007, he pioneered the use of the arts to engage tenants and residents and encourage community involvement.

Emmanuel Matan


Dr. Emmanuel Matan is the  Managing Director of Matan International Group, which he established in 1984 as Matan & Partners Limited.

He attended Bolton Institute of Technology, Liverpool JM University and the University of Manchester in UK. He started his career with the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, followed by 12 years at senior level with Parkman Consultants from where he joined the Merseyside Development Corporation as the Principal Engineer for the development of the Liverpool International Garden Festival, Albert Dock, South docks and Birkenhead designated areas.

Dan Stinson


Dan Stinson has worked all his life in music and drama, mainly in opera, but also in theatre, jazz and world music.
Starting out as a stage manager, he has been head of production for the London Jazz Festival, company manager for Scottish Opera and the Edinburgh International Festival, an agent for IMG Artists vocal division, run venues, toured extensively and produced many musical events and tours including Blue Planet; Live! at the Royal Festival Hall for the BBC.

Kelly Salvoni


Kelly Salvoni has extensive experience in the world of banking. With a career spanning more than twenty years, she has worked for Barclays, M&S Money, and HSBC. Currently, she holds the position of Operations Control Manager at HSBC, and she has been on the Bluecoat Board of Directors since 2015.

Eddie Berg


Eddie Berg is a specialist in film, media and the arts with a successful track record of establishing the vision for and leading major cultural venues, projects and programmes. He was Director of Partnerships at the British Film Institute from 2011-2014 leading the BFI’s lottery investment and strategic partnerships in film exhibition, education and skills across the UK.  Previously he was Director of BFI Southbank, successfully leading the transformation of the former National Film Theatre site into one of world’s premier venues for film. He is also the Founder and former Chief Executive of the £11m FACT Centre in Liverpool, which opened to popular and critical acclaim in 2003, and is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In the summer of 2016 Eddie became the CEO of Rich Mix, the independent arts centre located in the heart of Shoreditch in London.

Sri Sarker

Sri Sarker is a Liverpool based consultant with expertise in artist, policy and business development. She is currently Co Executive Director of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and has held previous positions at Arts Council England, London and as Director of Artist Development at Akademi. Her work concentrates on the performing arts and building relationships with artists and arts organisations across the country with a particular specialism in culturally diverse practice. 

Dr Michael Birchall

Dr Michael Birchall is a curator and academic with an interest in social and participatory arts. Before moving to Liverpool to take up a role at Tate Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, he held curatorial roles in Canada, Germany, and Switzerland.

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