MEET THE TEAM

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LAURIE SANSOM

LAURIE SANSOM

Artistic Director / CEO

Laurie was previously the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, directing The James Plays trilogy in an unprecedented collaboration with the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain and touring round the world. Previously he was Artistic Director at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, winning the inaugural Stage Regional Theatre of the Year in 2010, TMA Best Director, and producing a trilogy of new adaptations of classic plays as part of London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad.

KATIE ENGLISH

KATIE ENGLISH

Finance and Friends Co-ordinator (Part-time)

Katie manages the day to day finances of the company and runs the Friends of Northern Broadsides membership scheme. When she’s not wielding a calculator, Katie enjoys printmaking and writing music.

SHABINA ASLAM

SHABINA ASLAM

Creative Engagement Producer (Part-time)

Shabina is helping us to work collaboratively and from the ground up to create a Creative Engagement Strategy. Her proudest achievement is that the young people she worked with at Contact Theatre in 2002 – 2004 are now working professionally in the Arts and doing amazing things all over the word. She couldn’t live without her books; she was once a librarian and remains true to that calling.

KAY PACKWOOD

KAY PACKWOOD

Executive Director

This is Kay’s 20th year working for Northern Broadsides in one capacity or another, after getting her first job with them on her 30th birthday! After being told at the age of 22 that she needed to get an education, Kay did an Access to Education course followed by a BA at St Johns University, York.  Kay was the first person in her family to go to university. When not messing about with dramatic types, Kay spends most of her time in her field with her dog Pike, tending to the veggies.

JESS ROONEY

JESS ROONEY

Marketing Manager (Part-time)

Jess looks after the marketing of our shows and projects. She also works closely with the venues we visit on tour and with The Corner Shop PR, creating campaigns to spread the word about our performances. Before joining the team, she studied BSc Psychology and an MA in Advertising and Design in Leeds. When she’s not at Northern Broadsides, Jess works at Theatre Royal Wakefield as their Communications and Press Officer and occasionally front of house at Leeds Grand Theatre. When not in Theatreland, she likes playing piano, painting, exploring new places and Zumba!

LEONORA GUNN

LEONORA GUNN

Project Co-ordinator (Part-time)

Leonora has been brought onto the team as part of Laurie’s vision to expand not only Northern Broadsides’ audience, but our productions and creative process itself, in order to truly reflect the diversity of the North. At the moment, Leo is busy rethinking Northern Broadsides’ approach to accessibility, learning from industry leaders like Graeae and Deafinitely to work to implement current best practice, as well as experimenting with new, creative accessibility measures. Leo also assists her supervisor, Shabina, in developing community-led artistic projects with underrepresented and marginalised groups in Calderdale.

When not working for Northern Broadsides, Leo is usually studying or volunteering. She is in the first year of a philosophy PhD at the University of Leeds, and also volunteers, both as a member of the advisory group of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, and as Deputy Chair of Leeds Disabled People’s Organisation. Leo is currently very busy putting together LDPO’s second literary journal for disabled writers. When she’s not working at all, she can usually be found curled up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea.

MEET THE BOARD

RACHEL HARRIS

RACHEL HARRIS

Chair

Rachel began her working life in HR within a large retail company. Then in 1985, she started a retail business with her husband. Since 1995, she has worked with children who are looked after and vulnerable young people. She has always loved the experience of theatre and became a fan of Northern Broadsides 20 years ago. Rachel was invited to join the Board as an audience member in 2009 and became Chair in 2011. Having enjoyed Broadsides’ rich history, she has led the transition period and recruitment of the new Executive Team to lead Broadsides forward for the future.

NICKY CHANCE-THOMPSON

NICKY CHANCE-THOMPSON

Board Member

Nicky Chance-Thompson became a Trustee of the Piece Hall Trust in 2014 and took over as Chief Executive in April 2017. Nicky led the team to deliver a successful opening day on 1st August 2017 which attracted over 23,000 visitors and world media attention. Since opening, The Trust has achieved a record breaking 5,000,000 visitors, hosted the Antiques Roadshow and a high-profile visit by HRH The Prince of Wales. The Piece Hall has gone on to win a number of prestigious awards from RIBA and RICS and was included in Historic England’s top ten Industry, Trade & Commerce places that help tell A History of England in 100 Places. Prior to her involvement in the Trust, Nicky worked in the communications, music, retail and consultancy business for over 24 years. Nicky is the former Mayoress of Calderdale, was included on the coveted Northern Power Women Power List in 2018 and was named Yorkshire Businesswoman of the Year 2019.

REBECCA YORKE

REBECCA YORKE

Board Member

Rebecca is Head of Communications and Marketing at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Following an acting career spanning ten years, Rebecca gained skills and experience in the arts sector through a variety of roles including as director of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2007 – 2011. Rebecca is excited to have joined the Broadsides board at such a pivotal moment in its history and is looking forward to working with trustees and staff to ensure the company continues to go from strength to strength.

SARAH HORNE

SARAH HORNE

Board Member

Sarah is an accountant and tax adviser who has spent most of her career working for a large retail co-operative. She has been a trustee of Northern Broadsides since 2017, and is also a trustee of AidCamps International and We Love MCR Charity.

STEVEN BONFIELD

STEVEN BONFIELD

Vice Chairman

Steven was born and bred in Halifax and, as a solicitor specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law, has been active in local business and voluntary sector organisations for the whole of his working life. He loves the theatre and was delighted when asked to join the board of Broadsides in 2017 and to take the post of Vice Chairman in 2019. He is one of the three Directors of Chadwick Lawrence LLP which is now one of the largest law firms in Yorkshire and work out of their office in Dean Clough. Although the quality of the artistic output has never varied, it’s fair to say that Northern Broadsides has had a tough couple of years. Under the executive leadership of Laurie Sansom and Kay Packwood, Steven, alongside his fellow Board members, is looking forward to a period of dynamic growth for the Company. They shall all work tirelessly to ensure that the Company achieves the local, regional and national recognition which it truly deserves.

EMMA GOODWAY

EMMA GOODWAY

Board Member

Emma is incredibly passionate about creating a diverse and aware arts and cultural sector that champions and supports marginalised voices to not just be heard; but shouted from the roof tops through co-creation; creating a landscape where our senses are fizzing with stories, ideas and positive change told through the arts medium.

GRANT STOTT

GRANT STOTT

Board Member

After studying for a degree and post graduate diploma in architecture, Grant started working in practice with a company in Halifax in 1984 and became qualified in 1988. He currently runs the Halifax office of his own practice. He was originally approached by Broadsides to represent their interest during the alterations and refurbishment of the rehearsal room facilities in Dean Clough and joined the board in January 2016. The project was completed later in 2016 and Grant is still a proud member of the Board; clearly he has caught the Broadsides’ bug!