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Prof Phil Redmond CBE (Chairman)

Phil Redmond
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Prof Phil Redmond CBE is probably best known as the creator of three of Britain's longest-running drama programmes: Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks. He has also written extensively for radio, television and stage and is currently a regular columnist for the Liverpool Daily Post.

Phil was awarded the honorary chair of media at Liverpool John Moores University in 1989. Since 1993 he has also been a fellow as well as founding and chairing the International Centre for Digital Content (ICDC), also based at LJMU.

Phil was a founder member of the first regional branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Manchester and in 1996 was elected as fellow of Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded a CBE for services to drama in June 2004.

Phil served on Liverpool's Capital of Culture Board from November 2006, eventually as deputy chair, and also as creative director from September 2007. In 2011 he became the Chair of the Institute for Cultural Capital, a joint venture between Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool and is also Chair of UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel. Both he and his wife, Alexis, have long-standing links with and are major benefactors of National Museums Liverpool.

Carmel Booth

Carmel Booth

Carmel is a partner at Calderstones Consulting specialising in providing financial and management consultancy advice to corporate and public sector clients. With a focus on infrastructure, transport and regeneration projects, Carmel advises on funding, project viability, business planning, special purpose vehicles, due diligence, investment integration and investment strategy. She has advised on many high profile projects including the 2012 London Olympics, sports stadia and arenas, race courses, and transport schemes. 

Carmel is a chartered accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with audit consultancy and commercial transaction services experience at Deloitte and KPMG.

Carmel lives in South Liverpool with her husband, Iain, and two children, who are all regular visitors to the area’s museums and galleries.

Laura Carstensen

Laura Carstensen

Laura has a long and successful career in City law as a partner in Slaughter and May. Since leaving the City she has held numerous board appointments in both the public and private sector.

Laura has also held other Ministerial appointments, including a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a Member of the Competition Commission. She is a Non-executive Director of Birkenhead-based Park Group PLC and of MLex Limited, a privately owned global media business. Originally from Manchester, she now lives in North Wales.

Sir Robert Crawford CBE

Robert Crawford

Sir Robert was director general (1995-2008) and deputy director general (1982-1995) of the Imperial War Museum (IWM), which he joined in 1968 as a Research Assistant, and Chairman of the National Museums Directors Council from 2001-2006.

Sir Robert retired in 2008 and serves on the boards of a number of museums and heritage organisations, including currently, Royal Museums Greenwich, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Chatham Historic Dockyard and the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College.

Clive Elphick

Clive Elphick

Clive is a Board member of the Environment Agency and a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal.  He is also a non-executive director of Perceptive Engineering Ltd and a trustee of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Clive has spent all of his career working in the North West of England, first for ICI in Runcorn, then for Deloitte in Manchester and finally for United Utilities in Warrington. His roles at United Utilities included being Group Financial Controller, Group Strategic Planning Director, and a Managing Director of the regulated water business. Clive’s former roles include being a Board member of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation. He is also a former chair of the CBI for the north west of England.  

Clive has a degree in  Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, a doctorate in operational research from Birmingham University and is a qualified accountant. He is married and lives near Preston.

Joe Godwin

 Joe Godwin
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As Director of BBC Children's Joe Godwin is responsible for all of the BBC’s services for children; the two digital channels, CBBC and CBeebies and their websites, as well as children’s blocks on BBC ONE and BBC TWO.

After reading History at Manchester University, Joe joined the BBC in 1986, working in various posts until he became Editor of Children's Presentation from 1997 to 2000. he then moved to Nickelodeon UK for five years before returning to the BBC in 2005 as Head of Children’s Entertainment. In 2008 Joe became Head of News, Factual and Entertainment and the following year he took up his current post. In 2011, Joe led the move of the entire Children’s department to its new home at MediaCityUK in Salford. 

Joe is a member of the BAFTA Children’s Committee and The Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing of the British Board of Film Classification.

Nisha Katona

Nisha Katona

Professionally Nisha is a full time practicing barrister based in Liverpool, working in the area of child protection. She has lectured nationally in the area of forensic psychology. She is also an active member of the Northern Circuit and the Family Law Bar Association, the Lawyers Christian Fellowship.

She has been a trustee of National Museums Liverpool since 2008. In 2009 the Cabinet Office appointed her as an Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments and she has been engaged in this capacity as an expert advisor by The Guardian newspaper. 

Andrew McCluskey

Andrew McCluskey is a founder member, lead singer and songwriter in the successful musical group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. He has achieved 60 global gold and platinum album and single awards and has three Ivor Novello Award nominations.  The group's music has been featured on several major film soundtrack recordings including Pretty in Pink and Waltz with Bashir.

Andy recently performed with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool and at the Liverpool Night as part of the 2010 Shanghai Expo and OMD headlined at two major UK music festivals in the summer of 2012. His song Enola Gay was selected to feature in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Andy is a frequent contributor to, and reviewer for, BBC Radio 4 Front Row Programme and regular interviewee and commentator for television documentaries, books, and radio programmes on musical history and culture.

Philip Price

Philip is a leading figure within the North West investment community.  He is an owner director of Dow Schofield Watts, a prominent corporate finance advisory business in the North of England.  

For over 15 years Philip has provided specialist corporate finance advice to growing businesses across a broad range of clients and sectors.  He has advised both private and public organisations on an array of transactions including significant fundraisings, corporate mergers and acquisitions together with the delivery of key strategic guidance; this extends to the management and development of investments held under an associated private equity fund, PHD Equity Partners. 

Philip is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) having trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Liverpool.  He worked across KPMG’s Liverpool and Manchester offices for 10 years prior to joining Dow Schofield Watts.  He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. 

Philip has been based in Liverpool since 1990 when he came to study at John Moores University. He now lives in the Woolton area of Liverpool with his wife and three young children.

Dr Nicola Thorp

Nicola Thorp

Nicola was appointed as consultant in clinical oncology at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (CCO) in 2001 and Associate Medical Director in 2010. She specialises in breast cancer and paediatric radiotherapy with research interests in breast radiotherapy and paediatric brain tumours. She was the national chair of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Radiotherapy Group to 2013 and appointed to the executive of the CCLG in 2013. She is a member of the National Proton Panel and sits on the Faculty of the Royal College of Radiologists. She was a member of the board of governors of the Belvedere Junior School between 2008 and 2010, holding the post of acting chair in the latter part of this period. Nicola now lives in Oxton with her husband and three children. 

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