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.
Peter Mearns was appointed Chair in November 2016.
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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.
Dr Michael Birchall is a curator and academic with an interest in social and participatory arts.
Sri Sarker is a Liverpool based consultant with expertise in artist, policy and business development.
Gabriella Chauke is a Group Management Accountant at Peel Ports Group and joined the Bluecoat board as a Development Board Member in January 2021.
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.