Salisbury Arts Centre’s board of directors is made up of members of the Salisbury community who have a passion for the arts and bring to the board a range of experiences and knowledge.
Kate Barker, Chair of the Board
Kate is a freelance consultant who works with cultural organisations developing strategies to build brand impact and differentiation, engagement and sustainability.
Formerly Business Development Director at the National Gallery Company and with over 20 years’ experience working with major cultural institutions, her clients include some of the country's best known arts and heritage organisations including National Theatre, Imperial War Museums, Kew Gardens, British Library, Abbey Road Studios and National Gallery.
Likes: include growing fruit and veg (and eating it), listening to folk, bossa nova and anything on an accordion, visiting museums, galleries and innovative cultural events, watching Hitchcock, Kieslowski, Tati and Bullock, and playing the ukulele.
Ian Kirby, Vice Chair of the Board
Ian Kirby was Deputy Headteacher of The Burgate School and Sixth Form in Fordingbridge from 1988 to 2009, teaching a number of subjects across the 11 to 18 age range but specialising in Religious Studies and A Level Philosophy and Ethics. He is still actively involved in the life of the school as Clerk of the Governing Body.
Likes: Education and the arts, and watching and taking part in a number of sporting activities, especially football
Gini is an artist and trained as a printmaker in Denmark. She is obsessive about equality and advises Salisbury Arts Centre on equality, diversity and disability arts.
Likes: eating the homemade hummus salad in the Arts Centre cafe, the Arts, equality, diversity and Link Up Arts.
Mick is a retired chartered accountant and joined the board with a brief to advise on financial matters.
Likes: All arts, especially performing arts, and in recent years has acquired a taste for dressing up in women's clothing, but only in order to play the dame in a local am-dram pantomime!
Kate founded a dance company previously based at Salisbury Arts Centre, as well as running workshops for people with learning disabilities. She now works as a therapist and is a strong supporter of the Arts Centre’s contemporary dance programme.
Jane moved to Salisbury the year the Arts Centre opened and has been a supporter since then. Her particular interests are theatre, film and music. Her three children have been involved since they were very young through participating in workshops, attending performances and volunteering. Her youngest son was inspired to learn to play guitar when at the age of 3 he came to a folk music concert and has since performed on the main stage with his rock band. Jane most values the opportunities the arts centre gives for young people within a safe environment.
Lucy Salisbury set up the education programme at the New Art Centre, a Wiltshire based sculpture park and art gallery in 2001, which subsequently formed the basis of the Roche Court Educational Trust founded in 2005. Today she is Head of Access and Outreach for the Trust and runs the ARTiculation project, a national public speaking competition for 6th form students which was the subject of a BBC2 Culture Show programme in March this year. Lucy took a degree in History of Art and Education at Cambridge and has wide experience working with schools, colleges, youth clubs, special needs and adult groups of all kinds. Lucy is married with three grown up children and lives in Salisbury.
Likes: bee keeping and messing about in boats.
Paul Stephenson is the Chairman of Naim Audio in Salisbury, which has achieved a world-wide reputation for its engineering of consumer HiFi products. Paul has led the team since 2000, and finds sharing success with like-minded passionate people – both at Naim and Salisbury Arts Centre - a privilege.
Likes: Music, film, travel, fly fishing, sport ,wine and treasured time with family and friends.
Conolly is a Compliance Consultant and is a keen attender at the Arts Centre’s music events.
Louise is the Visitor Experience & Communities Manager at Mottisfont, a thriving National Trust property near Romsey. Her role has been to grow visitor numbers and income to support the charity’s work, and to develop the visitor offer all year round through opening a new art gallery and coming up with creative ways to engage with families. Her background is in learning and participation – she was an art history lecturer before starting to work with museums, and was Head of Adult Learning for the National Gallery before becoming a Clore Leadership fellow and moving near to Salisbury.
Likes: making things with her daughter, singing and swimming in the sea (and those little Portuguese custard tarts made with flaky pastry – mmm…)
Rebecca is Fundraising Manager at NSPCC, leading high value relationship fundraising across the South of the UK. Previous to this she was Head of Development at Lighthouse; Poole’s Centre for the Arts where she set up and led a £5.3m capital appeal. She has a strong background in fundraising and passion for transferring skills and learning across sectors.
Likes: Running along the beach, drinking Prosecco and watching contemporary dance (although sadly not great at actually dancing it).