FIONA STANDFIELD - Chair
Fiona joined the Board of November Club as Chair in February 2016. Passionate about the artistic endeavour, having both supported and performed with November Club, Fiona is delighted to be involved with the charity.
Fiona brings a wealth of business development, programme management and customer support experience from undertaking senior roles across all three sectors. Fiona also has significant experience of Arts governance having previously been Chair of Northern Stage, and in a voluntary capacity Fiona is working with other award winning charities in Secondary and Higher Education, Archaeological Research and Social Action.
Elizabeth Allen is an Associate Solicitor with Bond Dickinson LLP. She has had a long involvement with the arts and theatre and has supported the November Club over many years in the North East and nationally
Phil Douglas has worked in the Arts & Culture sector across the North East for the past 10 years. During this time, he has undertaken a variety of freelance roles focused around Arts Development, Diversity, Marketing and Participation working with organisations including Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Hullabaloo, Dance City and Hartlepool Borough Council. He has also worked in the private sector managing an LGBTQ magazine, social events and a bar & nightclub complex for a number of years before focusing on Arts & Festivals Producing.
Alongside his current role of Arts, Events & Festival Development Officer at Middlesbrough Council, he manages a portfolio of freelance arts producing projects within Dance, Outdoor Arts, and Queer Arts sectors. Phil is the Equalities champion on November Club’s Board
Kay Easson has worked in libraries since 1987 and has gradually been working her way down the east coast of Britain. A graduate in English from St Andrews University, she has worked as a school librarian in Fife, a community librarian in Edinburgh , and has for the last 13 years worked as librarian at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle upon Tyne, the largest independent library outside London.
She dabbles in creative writing, and enjoys spending time on the Western Front exploring the battlefields and researching soldiers’ stories. Her research was the starting point for the production We Got Mittens Too!, performed at the Lit & Phil in 2008.
Cath currently works as Head of Operations and Tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the organisation tasked with promoting this brilliant part of the world to visitors, students, employers, and residents. A huge part of this role focuses on Destination Management or ensuring that the development of the place works for the people that come to visit. She has a strong background in tourism working in the North West and the Peak District before moving to the North East in 2007 (because she wanted to live near the beach!!).
Nick used to live in Cumbria and helped to restore and run Little Salkeld Watermill, producing organic and biodynamic stoneground flours, and delicious bread, tea and cakes. He established Eden Arts Trust, promoting the arts in the Eden Valley and has also been involved in other cultural projects and consultancies in the north. Now based in rural north Northumberland, he is writing, printmaking, gazing and biking. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Secretary of the Traditional Cornmillers Guild.
Alison O’Hara is a Chartered Marketer with a career spanning financial, media, cultural and education sectors. She worked in communications at Arts Council England and subsequently became Chief Executive of Audiences North East, the regional audience development agency, providing marketing and audience development support to cultural sector organisations. Since 2012 she has worked on range of projects for the University of Sunderland including the relaunch of National Glass Centre and ArtWorks, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative, which aims to support the initial training and continuous professional development of artists working in participatory settings.
Helen is Grants Manager at Equal Arts which is an organisation specialising in creative opportunities for older people. Prior to this she was Director of Education and Engagement at Live Theatre and managed the children and young peoples programme. For over 12 years, Helen worked in various roles within the public sector including Relationship Manager for Arts Council England and in local authority Arts Development in Northumberland, Sunderland and South Tyneside. Helen’s arts management experience ranges from arts in education, regeneration, community development, managing volunteers as well as managing events and festivals. Helen is a trained performance coach and a member of the Clore leadership programme.