Emma Hutchinson – Managing Director
Emma joined the Senior Management Team as Business Development Director in May 2012, when the services provided by LiveWire and Culture Warrington were transferred from Warrington Borough Council, and played an integral part in the development of LiveWire and Culture Warrington. From February 2015 Emma provided cover for the role of Cultural Director at Culture Warrington for 12 months.
Emma has contributed fully to the high level of success experienced across both Companies during their first three years of trading by leading, planning and managing all business development activities and by providing strategic direction on the implementation of a business infrastructure that has achieved company growth and increased participation in sport, health and cultural activities.
Maureen Banner – Chair
Maureen is a retired teacher, she has retained a keen interest in education and is passionately committed to early years’ education, both as chair of governors for the only statutory nursery school in Warrington at Sandy Lane and Forest School and as chair of the Warrington Schools’ Forum.
Previously, Maureen was a non-executive member of the board of Warrington and Halton Hospitals Trust, spending five years as deputy chair and also chairing the audit committee. As a former member of Warrington Borough Council, Maureen held a number of Executive roles and has remained as a local parish councillor and chair of Rixton with Glazebrook parish council.
Mike Corfield – Board member
Mike is an Associate Director at Do Well UK Leadership Consultancy working with clients across the North West and North Wales. Previously he was an Assistant Director at the largest registered social landlord in Trafford, Trafford Housing Trust. He was responsible for neighbourhood management, caretaking, grounds maintenance, allocations and lettings and the customer contact centre.
Mike has worked in social housing for over 20 years and is passionate about the need for service organisations to understand their customers’ demands and redesign services in ways that make it easier for customers to get what they want.
Alexandra Mitchell – Board member
Alex has an LLB Honours Degree in Law from University of Liverpool. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2005. She joined Watsons Solicitors in Warrington in 2007, and became a partner in 2013, specialising in Probate, Wills, Trusts and all aspects of private client work, having a particular interest in advising the Elderly. She is a student member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Group. Her hobbies include playing Hockey for Lymm Ladies Hockey Club.
David Simons – Board member
Biography to follow.
Lindsey Harrison – Board member
Born in Warrington, Lindsey has a 30 year career in marketing, communications and stakeholder engagement, across public, private and third sectors in areas as diverse as economic development and inward investment, leisure and tourism, public transport, heritage and latterly as part of the Government Communications Service.
A BA (Hons) in Humanities was followed by postgraduate diplomas in Marketing and in 2010 an MBA.
As a life long resident of the town, (moving away only for study and a secondment overseas) Lindsey has witnessed at first hand the positive economic growth in the town. As one of the region’s most economically prosperous towns, with a large population within its boundaries, Lindsey believes that there are many more opportunities to develop the cultural offer through existing venues, new channels and outreach across the town, and is relishing the opportunity to play a part in its renaissance.
Rachael Welsh – Board member
Rachael is the Senior Marketing and Sales Manager at HOME, a multi-arts centre in Manchester that has welcomed over 2 million through its doors since it opened four years ago. Rachael began her career in arts marketing working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since gone on to work at institutions such as The Lowry and the Imperial War Museums group. A firm believer in the imperative role culture and art plays in the health, happiness and growth of an area and community, Rachael has been an admirer of the work of Culture Warrington for a long time. Born and raised in Liverpool but currently residing in Manchester, Rachael is delighted to play a small part in the exciting journey of Culture Warrington, the half-way point between her two cities. Rachael was educated at the University of Sussex, graduating in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in History and Sociology.
Jane Wilkie – Board member
A Warrington born and educated resident, Jane taught in Warrington for over 30 years across the full primary age range with an expertise in the Early Years phase of education. She is a recently retired head teacher of an outstanding Warrington nursery school. As a committee member sitting on several of the Local Authority’s forum’s, she has supported and challenged the Local Authority to improve the educational outcomes of Warrington’s youngest children including those with special educational needs (SEND).
Jane has a BA honours degree in English Literature and Education (Aberystwyth University) and a PGCE (Cambridge University).
Jane is passionate in promoting and celebrating Warrington’s unique culture. She firmly believes that investing in cultural opportunities leads to the improved social and economic outcomes of the community and the town itself. She is excited to be part of a team of passionate volunteer board members and professional experts.
Warrington Borough Council Representatives
Cllr Claire Lloyd-Fitzgerald
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin