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.
Alessandro Bucci – Board member
Alessandro Bucci is currently finishing his PHD at the University of Edinburgh. His project, looking at how design and fashion heritage institutions engage with increasingly pluralistic audiences, has involved collaborations with the V&A, MUDE (Lisbon), MoMu (Antwerp), and Fondazione Pitti Discovery (Florence).
Alessandro teaches Contemporary Art and Design History at Edinburgh College of Art and has been active in curating exhibitions and educational programmes in Italy, Sweden, and the UK. He graduated in English and Russian at the University of Bari (Italy) and then successfully completed an MA in English and Russian at the University of Bari and a second MA in Fashion History & Theory at the University of Stockholm (Sweden). His research has been published in various specialised journals, and he is currently working on his first book. He is also co-founder and editor of C-41 magazine of photography.
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.
Lynda Moore – Board member
Lynda is an education consultant working with a variety of educational instuitutions, including University Technical Colleges and University Initial Teacher Education providers. She provides support and guidance on Quality Assurance, including policy making, strategic planning, governance and curriculum.
Until May 2015, Lynda was employed by the University of Chester, firstly as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and latterly as Deputy Provost, based at the Warrington campus. Her main responsibility was to develop a strategy for engaging the Public Service programmes, including Cheshire Police, early years initial teacher training (ITT), nursing, social work and youth work with a particular focus on Safeguarding.
Steve Rayner – Board member
Steve is a retired teacher, having worked mainly in Primary Education throughout his career, with his specialism in music he has always been employed as Head of Music in the schools he has worked in. This has involved running choirs, putting on musical shows and concerts, organising and planning events such as Carol Services etc. and generally promoting and developing musical activities in school. Alongside this, Steve did private tutoring in singing, piano and keyboard.
The early part of his teaching career was in state education; in the final twelve years of employment Steve worked at Tower College, Rainhill, where he finished his career as Head of Middle School in addition to his musical and general teaching duties.
Ken Horn – Board member
Ken is a freelance television drama producer and has worked in the British television industry for 38 years. He started his career at Anglia TV as a cameraman and moved to Yorkshire TV working on a broad range of Network drama, sport and entertainment shows.
From there he joined Brookside as a lighting cameraman and moved into directing after a few years. Ken became a freelance director in the late 1980’s and directed some of the most popular TV Series on British TV, among them Heartbeat, London’s Burning, Lovejoy and Casualty.
Hannah Chellaswamy – Board member
Hannah Chellaswamy’s career spanned several decades in the NHS, many of which were at Board level as a Director of Public Health. As Training Programme Director across Cheshire and Merseyside, she helped instruct, guide and prepare the next generation of senior public health professionals for many years. Until retirement, she was a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.
She is a scientist by background and her particular strength is strategic leadership to achieve evidence-based interventions in the field of population health and to bring about improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes. She is skilled in working across sectors, including health services, local government, voluntary and charitable organisations.
Warrington Borough Council Representatives
CLLR Dan Price
CLLR Hilary Cooksey