Life Drawing Classes
Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)
FELL to FIRE free storytelling workshop session
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Books and Bakes Day
Cumbria on Track
Give Me Your Love
Hell or High Water (15)
The Storm Officer
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12A)
The Directors of Kirkgate Arts are:
Marion Bowman (Chair)
Retired television executive
Marion is a native West Cumbrian, born in Maryport and educated in Cockermouth. After graduating in American and Russian Studies at the University of Manchester she trained as a newspaper journalist in Leeds and as a radio broadcaster in Manchester. She spent most of her career in London where she first worked as a current affairs journalist and presenter with Channel 4. She then ran her own television production company for several years while her children were young. For 15 years she held senior executive roles at ITV, the BBC and the commercial television regulator, the Independent Television Commission. Before retiring she worked in the charity sector, first as Director General of the Landscape Institute, then Chief Executive of One World Media. Previous voluntary and trustee roles include Chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Vice-chair of the UK Tree Council and Project Director for the Lachlan Trust which is conserving Old Castle Lachlan on Loch Fyne in Scotland.
Derek Cannon (Deputy Chair)
Derek has an MA in Classics from Oxford University and spent his working life teaching in independent schools. From 1984 until retirement in 2006 he was headmaster of St Hugh’s School, Oxfordshire. He had experience over a number of years as a governor of two schools set up as charitable trusts, held office on several regional and national independent education boards and committees and served on various inspection teams.
When work permitted, Derek has been actively involved in amateur and community theatre, both acting and directing, and is currently a front of house volunteer at Theatre by the Lake. He has had a house in Bassenthwaite for over 20 years and lived there permanently since retirement. Other local commitments include membership of the PCC and governorship of the village school. His association with the Kirkgate has grown from regular attendance at its events and appreciation of its great value to the community.
Derek hopes that his professional and other experience equips him to offer to the board of Kirkgate Arts skills of critical and constructive analysis, strategic thinking and people management and development.
Dr Anna Clark
Head of Site Restoration, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Anna moved to Cumbria in 2001 to continue her work as an environmental consultant and, as a consequence of her enthusiasm for the arts, commenced volunteering at the Kirkgate Centre almost immediately.
Anna is the Head of Site Restoration for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, developing strategy for decommissioning and remediating the UK’s civil nuclear sites. As part of finding safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions to site restoration, this role involves engaging a wide range of stakeholders from UK Government to members of local liaison groups; monitoring and influencing UK policy and legislation; and sponsoring national research and development.
Anna offers her vision and strategic thinking to various project steering groups, and exercises her leadership and facilitation skills where appropriate, for example helping other counties to develop policies and strategies for restoring nuclear sites, and chairing a number of technical and strategic working groups.
Outside of work, Anna is actively engaged with various local charities. As well as volunteering for the Kirkgate Centre, Anna also chairs the fundraising committee of Cumbria Rural Choirs and is an active member of Wigton Choral Society and West Cumbria Canoe Club.
Capital Projects Operations Director – Sellafield Ltd
Phil relocated to Cumbria with his wife and two daughters in 2014. He began volunteering at the Kirkgate to help become part of the community. Having become enthused by the staff and volunteers at the Kirkgate centre and particularly by their impressive achievements in transforming the centre for the future, he joined the Kirkgate board in 2015.
Phil has a diverse nuclear technical and managerial background spanning 17 years on complex joint venture, business management and multidiscipline design and build projects. His current role is Operations Director for Strategic Nuclear Programmes in Amec Foster Wheeler. This requires the commercial management of major contracts and the coordination of finance, communication, government relations, socio-economic and assurance specialists. Previous roles have included business manager for a research development and test house operating in 3000m2 of laboratories and project management on projects to decommissioning of nuclear facilities, refurbishment of process facilities, development of bespoke mechanical handling equipment and delivery of remote inspection and modification of reactors. Phil has worked in many places around the uk and has taken several career breaks travelling the world, enjoying the environment, diversity and culture. When not at the Kirkgate Phil and his family are engaged in the outdoors and are usually to be found up a hill, camping in a valley, swimming in a lake, or in a pub afterwards.
Retired Artistic Director
A native of Manchester, Bob has lived in Cockermouth for 35 years. He founded Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) in 1984, and its rural touring offshoot, the A595 Theatre Company in 2000. He has been associated with the Kirkgate Centre since it was first proposed in 1990. A teacher of English and Drama for much of his career, Bob started volunteering for the Kirkgate Centre when it opened in 1995, taking various roles including programme co-ordinator. In 2005 he started working for the West Cumbria Rural Touring Scheme (now Arts Out West) and later guided its transition from local authority control to Kirkgate Arts. He then became Artistic Director of Kirkgate Arts until his retirement in 2013.
With Chris George and Kate Parry he pioneered the Georgian Fair, and is now chair of Cockermouth Festivals Group, which organises the annual Cockermouth Live! weekend. He enjoys performing as a member of La’al Beggars Community Opera Group and Sing Owt Community Choir. He is currently clerk of the Cumberland Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Retired public servant
Born in the North East, Judith moved to London after graduating from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. After a short stint in publishing, she took up a post in the Department of Energy. Judith was a career civil servant with posts as private secretary to two Government Ministers and working on a broad range of projects including drafting legislation, project management and nuclear policy. She moved to Cumbria in 2004 to help establish the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as a new public body, working with the Board and Executive Team. Judith was Board secretary for the Association until her retirement in 2014. She has a strong background in policy-making, organisational management, strategy and governance.
A Cockermouth resident, she joined the Kirkgate because of her passion for cinema and live music. Since retiring, Judith has been keen to become more closely involved with the Kirkgate including through events such as the Cockfrock sales and fundraising initiatives. She hopes her previous experience will help the Kirkgate with its long term strategic aims. Outside of the Kirkgate, Judith is a keen walker, gardener and horse rider and is currently trying to resurrect her rusty musical skills on piano and cello.
Sam Wheeler – Company Secretary
Sam relocated to the Cockermouth area in 2009 to work as a commercial lawyer in the nuclear industry. On moving to the area Sam found the Kirkgate Centre a great place to meet new people and to get involved in the community. After starting a family in 2010 she often attends the numerous baby groups and family events hosted at the Kirkgate. Since taking a career break in 2015 Sam has been getting involved in community groups and is keen to offer her skills and expertise to Kirkgate Arts.
Sam is a solicitor with over 10 years’ experience of advising on company and commercial legal matters. As a corporate lawyer in both the private and public sector, Sam has advised a wide range of organisations on company administration and governance issues. Sam recently qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). As company secretary of Kirkgate Arts Sam brings her legal experience and company administration skills to the organisation as well as providing guidance on governance issues.