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Trustees of The Lowry

Chairman - Sir Rod Aldridge, OBE

Rod Aldridge 

Sir Rod Aldridge is a social entrepreneur with over 40 years’ experience in the public, private and third sectors. In 1984, he founded Capita, leading it until his retirement in 2006, and turning it from start-up to a FTSE 100 company. Today, Capita remains the market leader in the provision of support and professional services to the government and private sector in the UK, and is the 50th ranked company in the FTSE 100, with a market capitalisation of over £8billion. 

Prior to Capita, Sir Rod worked in local government for ten years, becoming a qualified account with CIPFA, and ultimately its Technical Director. He served as Chairman of the CBI Public Service Strategy Board at its inception in 2003. 

In 2006, Sir Rod established the Aldridge Foundation to further the work of his charitable trust. The Foundation helps young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of a family of thirteen entrepreneurial academies and colleges, nine of which are open. These have been established in the North West, London and southern coastal communities. 

Sir Rod was awarded an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List, for services to the computer industry, and was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. In 2006, he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012, he received a knighthood for services to young people. 

Sir Rod is Chair of The Lowry, the arts and entertainment venue in Salford; Patron and former Trustee of The Prince’s Trust, former Chair of Acorn Care and Education, a provider of special schools across England, and a founding member of the Prince's Charities Council.

Mike Blackburn, OBE

Mike lives in the North West and has been BT’s Regional Director for the region since 2007.  This role leads the NW board and aims to put BT at the heart of local communities. The board works to better understand and respond to the needs of local people and business.  This is done through strategic relationships with Local Authorities, key stakeholders, business and community organisations.

Mike is also chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.  This is a board designed to support business and local authorities to grow the local economy, tackle major barriers to growth and develop shared strategies for the local economy to increase job creation.

Mike is deputy chairman of the North West Business Leadership Team.  The NWBLT is an independent group of influential business leaders, who work together to promote the sustainable economic development and long-term well-being of North West England. It was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales at Blackburn in July 1989.

Mike is a trustee of The Lowry, Salford.  The Lowry opened on 28th April 2000, bringing together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof.

Mike is Chair of governors at the Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey, which opened its doors to students and the community in 2010.

He has been a Trustee of NYAS since 2000. NYAS is a UK charity offering information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults throughout England and Wales

Mike sits on the North West advisory board of Business in the Community, and was chosen as the Prince’s NW Regional Ambassador for 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Mike was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2015 for services to the economy in the North West.

Baroness Jane Bonham Carter

Jane Bonham Carter’s first job was as a researcher for an American production company Broadway Video. She worked out of the Brill Building in New York a place where since the 1950s many of America’s most popular songs have been written.

She was a producer at the BBC, working on Panorama and then Newsnight from 1988 – 1993. From there she went to Channel 4, where she was Programme Editor of A Week In Politics from 1993 – 1996. 

She became the Liberal Democrat’s Director of Communications in 1996, a role she held through the 1997 election before returning to a career in television in 1998. She worked as an independent producer at Brook Lapping Productions until 2004, where she remained as an associate until 2009.

In 2004 she was made a Life Peer, and became spokesperson on Broadcasting and the Arts. She was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the BBC Charter Review 2005 – 2006, the House of Lords Sub Committee on Home Affairs 2004 – 2005, the House of Lords Communications Committee 2007 – 2010, and has been a member of the House of Lords EU Sub Committee on External Affairs since 2010. 

She is currently Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Deputy Convenor of the Liberal Democrat Peers.

Jane was a member of the Liberal Democrat Communications and Campaign Committee from 1998 – 2006; a council member of Britain in Europe from 1998 – 2005; and a member of the Referendum Campaign team 2004 – 2005. She has been on the Advisory Committee, Centre Forum (formerly Centre for Reform) since 1998, and RAPt (Rehabiliation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) since 1999. She was also on the Board of the National Campaign for the Arts from 2010-2012.

In 2015 she was made Liberal Democrat Media and Creative Industries Spokesperson.

Ian Currie

Ian graduated in Economics from Manchester University, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.  He has been involved in corporate finance with Peel Hunt, Apax Partners and Altium Capital.  Ian sits on the Board of Hedley and Co stockbrokers, is a founder of LibertySIPP and a partner in Palatine Private Equity llp.  He co-founded the Seneca Group, which managed £500millon of funds in the North West.

Jane Frost, CBE

Jane Frost became CEO of The Market Research Society, the world’s leading research association, in 2012 after 8 years in government – first as Strategy Director at the Department for Constitutional Affairs (Justice) and latterly as the first individual Customer Director at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  It was for her work revolutionising HMRC’s customer intelligence and corporate strategy that she received the CBE.

Jane has more than 20 years’ experience delivering customer based change to a wide range of corporations. She is Cambridge educated and Unilever trained, and before moving into the public sector was at the BBC, where apart from readying the BBCs technology businesses for sale, she was Controller of Corporate and Brand Marketing.

Jane was responsible for the BBC films Perfect Day, World Leaders and Small People which broke industry records for awareness and approval while the conversion of the promotion Perfect Day into a charity CD raised over £2.5 m for Children in Need. She gained extensive international experience working for Shell in many markets including the US, Australasia, Middle and Far East. While there, Jane was responsible for pan European advertising and globally co-ordinated major brand re-launches.

Jane enjoys a busy family life with her husband and two children in South West London and has a wide range of non-executive experience from International Publishing to Digital Communications, where she has served on both audit and ethics committees. In addition to being a trustee and NED of The Lowry, she is currently vice chair of the Fairtrade Foundation, having stepped down after 17 years as NED of Children in Need Ltd. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of marketing, the Marketing Society and the Royal Society of arts.

Jeremy Glover, MBE

Jeremy transformed Bolton Lads and Girls Club from a standard run down youth club to its current status where it is seen as one of the best examples in the UK of a modern 21st Century Youth Zone. The Club was quoted extensively by the Government in its White Paper “Aiming High for Young People” and is the model for the new myplace centres. He is a member of DCSF Aiming High advisory group (chaired by Minister of State for Children and Families) and contributed to the development of the myplace programme. Along with Bill Holroyd, Jeremy has established a new charity OnSide North West, with the aim of replicating the successful Bolton Lads and Girls Club and the plan is to build many more across the North West. His personal achievements include::

• Awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 1998.
• Awarded MBE for Services to Young People in 1999.
• Became Honorary Fellow of Bolton University in 2001.
• Awarded Honorary Doctorate at Bolton University in 2010.
• Director of Board, Bolton University Student Body.

Jeremy is interested in sport, rock music, gardening and cities.

Bill Hinds



Councillor Bill Hinds was the Leader of Salford City Council from 1988 until 2003 and is currently the Assistant Mayor for Finance and Support Services.

His political background is in the Trade Union movement, where he rose to the status of Convenor for the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Workers Union. Member of Bury District Committee, Member of Divisional Committee and Member of the AEU National Committee.

His responsibilities on the Council include Finance and Support services, and he has served as a Director of a number of companies responsible for regeneration and employment initiatives.

His interests include politics, the arts (especially opera and ballet), reading, bird watching, rugby league, cricket and family.

He has previously served as the Chairman of Manchester Airports Group.

His interests include politics, the arts (especially opera and ballet), reading, bird watching, rugby league, cricket and family.

Baroness Beverley Hughes

Baroness Beverley Hughes of Stretford began her professional career as a probation officer and also an elected local councillor, before becoming Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Social Policy at the University of Manchester and also Leader of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.  In 1997 she was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston and held a number of Ministerial positions including Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Local Government and for Prisons, Probation and Youth Justice at the Home Office where she was later Minister of State for Immigration and Counter-Terrorism. From 2005 to 2009 she held the cross-government Cabinet level post as Minister of State for Children and Families, and from 2007 to 2009 was also Minister of State for the North West of England.

She retired as Member of Parliament in 2010 when she was appointed a Life Peer in the House of Lords.

She is also a Non-Executive Director at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Council of the University of Salford.

Nadav Kander 


Nadav Kander (b. 1961) grew up in South Africa.  He began photographing at an early age and moved to London in 1982 where he still lives with his wife and children.  

In 2009 Kander was awarded the Prix Pictet for his Yangtze, The Long River series and was also named International Photographer of the Year at the 7th Annual Lucie Awards.  In July 2012 Kander exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London with a series of portraits celebrating London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics.  Nadav is among the 18 leading photographers chosen to be a part of Constructing Worlds, an exhibition at the Barbican Centre, which explores the ability of architectural photograph to reveal wider truths about our society. The exhibition will run until January 2015.

His work appears regularly in many international publications.  In 2009, coinciding with Obama’s Presidential inauguration, Nadav’s 52 full page portraits of the President and his closest colleagues, aides and advisors was the largest portfolio of work to date that has been published in one issue of The New York Times Magazine. Time Magazine commissioned Nadav to photograph President Barack Obama for their Person of the Year 2012 cover and HRH Prince Charles for their November 2013 cover.

Nadav’s work is housed in several public collections including National Portrait Gallery, London. The V&A Museum and the Frank Suss Collection. He has exhibited internationally at venues including Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne, Kennedy’s Museum, Berlin, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Somerset House, London, Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel.

Monographs include: Dust (2014)  Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man (2013), Yangtze, The Long River (2010) and Beauty’s Nothing (2001).

David Lancaster, MBE

Councillor Lancaster began his career working as an Area Housing Manager for Manchester City Council.  He was elected to Salford City Council, representing Winton Ward, in 1970 becoming a full time Councillor in 1999.

Councillor Lancaster was elected to the position of Deputy Leader of the City Council in 2003 and has continued his commitments to The Lowry Trust as a founder member of The Lowry, the Salfordian Trust, Booth Charities, Chairman of the Worsley & Eccles Constituency Labour Party and Chair of the Local Government Committee.

He was elected Deputy City Mayor in 2012 and his portfolio consists of Deputy City Mayor for Community Safety, Deputy City Mayor for Property, a Board Member of the GM Police & Crime Steering Group, Salford City Stadium Board, The Landing and a member of the GMAC Audit Committee. 

Previous portfolios have included Greater Manchester Probation Board, Chair of AGMA Council, Chair of GMPA Audit & Risk, Chair of Greater Manchester Waste Limited as well as serving on the Greater Manchester Waste Authority and a member of the LGA Safer Communities Board

Outside his busy political career, Councillor Lancaster enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, rugby league, socialising and as a Salfordian Trustee.

Tom Russell

Tom has worked in urban regeneration in Manchester, London and Oldham for most of his career. As Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester City Council he was involved in Hulme City Challenge, the redevelopment of the city centre following the 1996 bomb, and in European Structural Fund programmes across the region.

He was Chief Executive of New East Manchester urban regeneration company from 2000 to 2008, building on the successful staging of the Commonwealth Games in the area in 2002 to lead its comprehensive renaissance. As a result of this, he then spent 18 months in London, managing the masterplanning process for the regeneration of east London following the 2012 Olympics, and establishing the regeneration company – the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Tom has since been involved in a range of consultancy projects across the North West.

Tom is a Council Member of the University of Salford, a non-executive director of the North West Urban Investment Fund, and is also the Chair of the Board of Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey.

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor joined Salford City Council as City Director in June 2014.

He began his career teaching mathematics in Cheshire, Rochdale, Stockport and Wigan before spending six years as head teacher in a Manchester High school.

Jim joined Tameside Council in 2004 as Assistant Executive Director for Education and was appointed Executive Director for Children, Learning and Economic services in 2008.  In May 2012, Jim was appointed the Chief Executive at Rochdale Borough Council, where he ensured the council did everything it could to ensure children were kept safe from harm and got the protection and support they deserved.  Jim also delivered major regeneration projects in Rochdale, which has seen £250m investment. 

Adrian Vinken, OBE

Adrian Vinken started his academic life training to be a Civil Engineer at Sheffield University. After successfully completing his first year, he left to spend a year as a trainee accountant in London only to return to Sheffield to gain an honours degree in philosophy and economics.
After a brief excursion into arts administration in Cardiff, Adrian returned to Sheffield to undertake Ph.D. research in Evolutionary Theory and to start university teaching.

Adrian’s current career really started when he burned his academic bridges in 1980 and left Sheffield University to found and direct the Leadmill arts complex in inner city Sheffield. The Leadmill was developed from an old derelict industrial complex by the voluntary effort of the city’s young unemployed and armies of ex-offenders into a pioneering modern arts centre. The Leadmill doubled as a highly successful pop music venue and night club as well as providing a venue for jazz and classical music, touring theatre, dance and education programmes. Its unique blend of commercialism and cultural activity won it a number of national awards and accolades from Arts Ministers and the Prince of Wales.

There followed other innovative projects including the conversion of derelict listed industrial buildings for new commercial and educational uses.

Adrian is currently Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, the largest regional producing theatre in the country, and Plymouth Pavilions, a large-scale entertainment, arts and leisure complex. Adrian has recently led the development of the radical TR2 building, the largest theatrical production and education facility in Europe, on the waterfront in Plymouth. In 1999, he was appointed by the Secretary of State to be Chairman of Culture South West, the region’s Cultural Consortium. He also currently chairs the National Touring Partnership and Plymouth Common Purpose and is a member of the Arts Council's Drama Panel. Adrian's past honorary responsibilities have included chairing the National Association of Arts Centres and the Arts Development Association and a Governorship of Plymouth University. In May 2013 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Herald Business Awards in Plymouth.

Adrian is married with two children. He enjoys distance running, fell-walking and classic car renovation.

Felicity Goodey, CBE - Lifelong President of The Lowry Centre Trust

Felicity Goodey led the team which funded, built and operated the country’s most successful arts-based millennium projects, The Lowry theatre and gallery complex. She is a former senior BBC journalist and presenter who discovered a passion for regeneration! After ten years of leading The Lowry she was asked by Salford City Council to help set up a much bigger regeneration project, Central Salford, the largest Urban Regeneration Company in the country which was charged with helping to redevelop what was the old City of Salford. In 2006/7 she led the consortium which won the highly contested bid to relocate a major part of the BBC to the North and in the process devised the concept of MediaCityUK, a globally significant new media hub which was built alongside The Lowry.

She gave up broadcasting to become one of the first directors of the Northwest Development Agency and develop her business interests. She chaired the regional organisation responsible for developing Tourism across the Northwest now worth more than £ 14 billion a year.

Her career began with the BBC. Experience as a senior correspondent specialising in industry and politics, together with a business career in media and education services, provided the foundations for developing and leading major public/private projects. A graduate of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, she has a number of honorary fellowships and degrees including Hon. fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architecture. She was awarded the CBE for services to regeneration and the Arts.

Current projects include Chairing the internationally acclaimed Buxton Festival,

‘A happy marriage of Opera, Music and Books’, says the Telegraph; ‘An un-missable small European Opera Festival’, says the Metropolitan Opera House, New York!

The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).