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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.

Sally-Anne Watkiss

Sally-Anne is a Chartered Certified Accountant with over 25 years' experience. Her corporate background is mainly in leading large finance teams and delivering large change programmes. From 2014 to 2016 she was a Non executive director at Liverpool Community Health Trust and is now a director of South Liverpool Homes Regeneration, Homebaked community bakery and Blackburne House. 

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.

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.

Philomena Harrison

Philomena Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in social work at Liverpool Hope University. Prior to this current post she was Director of Mental Health for the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Salford. Whilst in the latter role she acted as Project Manager for the Focussed Implementation Site in Manchester, which was part of the Department of Health’s initiative for Delivery Race Equality in Mental Health Project running from 2005-2010.  

Trained as a Psychiatric social worker, her social work practice has been with women, children and families. She trained social workers for twelve years at Liverpool John Moores University.  Apart from designing and delivering training on Anti-racist, Anti-oppressive practice and Cultural competence to a range of practitioners in Health and Social Care she has undertaken therapeutic work with children and young people on issues of ‘race’ and identity. Her research has included work on the role of family in recovery from mental distress, in Chennai, India.

She has presented work on issues of Race and mental health, Cultural competence and Race and identity at national and international conferences and has written on Anti-racist and Anti-oppressive practice in social work texts. Her work as a Trustee has included organisations such as 42nd Street (a young person’s mental health service) and Refugee Women Connect (a specialist service for women seeking asylum and refuge).

Her commitment is to continue striving to achieve inclusive practice in all areas of social life and working towards social justice for all.

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