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Vice-Chancellor appointed to Plymouth Culture Board

Released: 18.12.14


Plymouth Culture is delighted to announce the appointment of four new board members – Cara Aitchison, Lindsey Hall, Hilary Lade and Sheila Snellgrove - who will use their extensive experience and knowledge to help shape Plymouth’s cultural future.

Plymouth Culture is a strategic development agency, working with and through Plymouth’s cultural institutions to help realise Plymouth’s ambition to become an international waterfront city.

Cara Aitchison is Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of St Mark & St John. Cara is a world-leading policy advisor on the role of culture, leisure, sport and tourism in widening participation, enhancing social mobility and sustaining economies and communities, as well as being Chair of the UK Joint Higher Education Funding Councils’ Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Panel for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism.

Hilary Lade has previously held several prominent positions at heritage institutions and major businesses, including Managing Director of Shell Gas for Shell UK, Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Director of Properties for English Heritage. Hilary has enjoyed board roles at Oxford University, Visit Britain and the Royal Parks, as well as being a member of the selection panel for the 2008 European Capital of Culture (which was awarded to Liverpool).

Lindsey Hall is CEO and co-founder of the Real Ideas Organisation (based at Devonport Guildhall). Her work in social entrepreneurship has seen her create award-winning UK programmes and ground-breaking international initiatives. Lindsey is a NESTA Cultural Leadership fellow, a board member of RISE and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sheila Snellgrove is the Chief Executive of the Barbican Theatre. Sheila has extensive experience in theatre and education, having served roles as a teacher, actor, director and producer. She is a graduate of the Clore Leadership Programme and was recently part of the Plymouth Fairness Commission.

Dom Jinks, Diector of Plymouth Culture, said of the new appointments, “I am delighted with the new appointments that will breathe new perspectives and expertise into strategic planning in culture in Plymouth as we support major projects such as the development of the International History Centre, Mayflower 400 and an international programme of work.”


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