Board Of Trustees
The Board of Trustees, Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd. The Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity (charity no 500408). It is governed by its memorandum and articles of association.
Paul Scholey - Chair
Paul Scholey has practised as a Solicitor in Leeds for nearly 30 years.
He is Senior Partner of Morrish Solicitors LLP, specialising in employment law and industrial relations and was Chair of Leeds Citizen Advice Bureau from 2007 to 2012.
Paul has been a Board member of Leeds Grand theatre & Opera House Ltd (LGTOH) since 2013, and Chair since October 2016 - the first Independent Chair in the history of the Company.
As a lifelong theatre-goer, an avid fan of cinema and a dedicated Terry Pratchett fan, Paul is well-placed to support the Company's three venues.
He says of his role: "Our vision is for a sustainable, diverse company delivering excellence across all its venues. We have an amazing programme at The Grand for the coming years, exciting initiatives for both City Varieties and Hyde Park Picture House all of which will take the company successfully into the mid-21st Century. It's a privilege to be involved with a company so central to Leeds cultural offerings."
Lucinda has been the Labour councillor for Kirkstall ward since 2008 and is currently Leeds City Council’s Executive Board member for Leisure & Skills, having assumed the role in May 2013.
Previously, Lucinda was from May 2010, the Executive Board Member for Adult Social Care. During her time in this role, Lucinda gained a reputation as a real champion for disability rights, which was underlined by a strong commitment to ensuring Leeds is an accessible city for all.
In her current role, Lucinda is looking forward to the challenge of widening participation and interest in the cultural and leisure offer for all groups in the city, while boosting the opportunities that are currently available for people to learn new skills and access apprenticeships.
Leeds’ art and culture offer is regarded as an essential part of the city’s tourism offer and a key attraction to visitors coming into the city. Performance art is a key part of this offer and Lucinda is keen that the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House as well as the recently refurbished City Varieties Music Hall continue to make a significant contribution to this offer.
Cllr Gettings is elected member for Morley North, representing the Morley Independent Party. He also serves on Morley Town Council. Cllr Gettings is a governor of Drighlington Primary School and Bruntcliffe High School, and was appointed an MBE in 2011 for services to the community.
Cllr Gerry Harper is the elected member for Hyde Park and Woodhouse and is the Deputy Exec Board Member for Development. He is also the Chair of the Leeds City Council Partnership Board, the Markets Champion for Kirkgate Market and a member of the Lord Mayors Charity committee. Outside of the council he runs the constituency office of Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East. Other interests include, sport, the arts and he is a keen walker, runner and enjoys swimming.
Cllr Harrand is member for Alwoodley Ward. He is a chartered accountant, leader of his party’s group on the West Yorkshire Fire Authority and a director of Leeds Council for Voluntary Service Ltd.
Roger Wood retired as HR Director for an international York based manufacturing company and Non Executive Director for a careers company. Apart from occasional consultancy assignments, he now undertakes wide ranging voluntary work and is employed as a part time guide in a well known stately home in North Yorkshire. Other than his affection for the theatre and the arts in general, he has a keen interest in sport especially in rugby and cricket.
Fiona Spiers was Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber, until January 2017. Previously she had been Director of Development at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Appeals Manager at St Anne’s Shelter and Housing Action, and undertaken post-doctoral research at the Universities of Yale and Wisconsin on the Abolition of Slavery. She is now involved in a variety of voluntary projects. Fiona also enjoys culture and the arts, cooking and entertaining, visiting the States and supporting the Green Bay packers.
Neil Clephan OBE
Neil was Headteacher of Roundhay School in NE Leeds for over 20 years, until January 2017, during which time it became one of the first ‘All-through’ schools in the region educating around 2500 students from the age of 4 to 18. He was one of the first appointed National Leaders in Education and in 2016 was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to education. He is also currently a Charity Trustee Board member of Leeds Rugby Foundation, Jigsaw (The centre for the visitors to Armley jail) and for over ten years has been a lay member of the University of Leeds Council.
Alan Gay OBE
Alan is a qualified accountant and has worked entirely in Local Government during a career of almost 39 years. In March 2017 he stepped down from his position as Deputy Chief Executive at Leeds City Council where he had worked for almost 30 years. He also held the position of the statutory Chief Financial Officer at Leeds City Council from 1999 to 2017. He is now semi-retired but continues to do some work in the local government sector on a consultancy basis. Alan has a strong interest in music and theatre, and is also a keen sports fan. In the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours he was awarded an OBE for services to Local Government.