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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.

Professor John Ashton CBE

John Ashton

John Ashton is well known across the North West as the public face of modern public health. He holds chairs in Public Health at the University of Liverpool Medical School, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Liverpool John Moores University. Having been North West Regional Director of Public Health for 13 years he is now Director of Public Health and County Medical Officer for Cumbria. Throughout his career John has worked closely with the worlds of culture, media and sport, most notably having enjoyed a long collaboration with Adrian Henri. Drawing on his background in psychiatry he has made extensive connections between the arts and well-being. Coming from an old Woolton family John maintains his extensive links with Liverpool, dividing his time between Woolton and Cumbria.

Carmel Booth

Carmel Booth

Carmel is a partner at AMION Consulting which specialises in providing financial and economic consulting advice across the private and public sectors. She is a chartered accountant with considerable consulting experience of working with major developers, central and local government, public private partnerships, NDPBs, social enterprises, charities and other private sector clients.

Building upon audit, consulting and commercial transaction services experience at KPMG and Deloitte, Carmel specialises in providing a range of financial, strategy, operational and efficiency advice on major infrastructure projects, transformational change programmes, organisational change and commercial ventures between the public and private sectors. She has considerable experience of raising finance and business planning for major developments and projects across a range of sectors including sport and leisure, transport, tourism and culture, housing, regeneration, waste, energy, health and housing.

Carmel lives in the Calderstones area of Liverpool and has two young children.

Laura Carstensen

Laura Carstensen

Laura Carstensen had a long and successful career in City law as a partner in Slaughter and May where she specialised in advising major corporates on competition and markets issues, notably in relation to mergers and acquisitions. Since leaving the City she has held a wide variety of appointments in both the public and private sector including as Deputy Chairman of the Competition Commission and Chair of The Women's Library, an internationally recognised archive and museum of the women's suffrage movement. She is a non-executive director of the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust Hospital and a member of the Board of Chester Renaissance. 

Throughout her career she has been committed to promoting equality of opportunity and in 2009 the charity Working Families nominated her as one of their '30th anniversary Pioneers' for her leadership role in the City. In 2013 she was appointed a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

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. He contributed to many of its major developments including the establishment of IWM North in Trafford, the opening and further extension of the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, the modernisation of IWM's London headquarters and the creation of its permanent Holocaust Exhibition and the American Air Museum and AirSpace at IWM Duxford.

Sir Robert was chairman of the National Museums Directors Conference from 2000-6 and the National Inventory of War Memorials from 1995-2008, deputy chairman of the Museums Documentation Association from 1998-2006, and a member of the National Historic Ships Committee until 2006. He retired in 2008 and serves on the boards of a number of museums and heritage organisations.

Clive Elphick

Clive Elphick

Clive is a Board member of the Environment Agency and of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, 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 and of the Northwest Regional Development Agency, and 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. Clive is married and lives near Preston.

Joe Godwin

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 he led the move of the entire Children's department to its new home at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Joe is chair of The Network and Fast Track, the youth talent schemes of the Edinburgh TV Festival, and is a member of the BAFTA Children's Committee, The Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing of the British Board of Film Classification, and represents the BBC on The UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

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. A keen arts enthusiast, Nisha has co-devised and run an arts education programme for schools in San Francisco. She also runs an Indian cookery course with her mother under the name of 'Two Brown Ladies'.

Norman Kurland

Norman Kurland

Norman was senior adviser to the president of the J Paul Getty Trust between 2002 and 2006, where he was responsible for liaison between the Trust and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Before this he pursued a career in the media, working in television production with Screen Gems Television, then moving to Bryna Productions, (Kirk Douglas’s production company) in 1962. From 1972 he was sole proprietor of the Norman Kurland Agency which represented writers and directors in film and television. The company then changed to become the Broder/ Kurland Agency where he served as president (1977 to 2001). He is a director of Scala Publishers and serves as the communications advisor to the Courtauld Institute. He became a trustee of National Museums Liverpool in December 2006.

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, has three Ivor Novello Award nominations and has performed with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 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, Front Row on BBC Radio 4, and a 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 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.

Deborah Shackleton CBE

Deborah Shackleton

Deborah retired in 2012 after over 30 years' experience working in housing, the last 11 of which were as chief executive of the Riverside Group. Riverside specialises in regeneration and supported housing and was voted Social Landlord of the Year 2008 and 2009. In 2008 she was awarded a CBE for her services to the housing sector. Deborah is also a governor of Liverpool John Moores University, non-executive director of Sefton PCT and member of the North West Regional Leaders' Board. 

Dr Nicola Thorp

Nicola Thorp

After working as a junior doctor around Merseyside for ten years, Nicola was appointed as consultant in clinical oncology at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (CCO) in 2001. She specialises in breast and gastrointestinal cancer and paediatric radiotherapy. She is associate medical director at CCO and is a staff representative on the board of governors. She is national chair of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group Radiotherapy Group and is a member of the National Proton Panel. 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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