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 is Community Liaison Manager for CEG.
Lucinda was the Labour councillor for Kirkstall ward since 2008 and was Leeds City Council’s Executive Board member for Leisure & Skills, from 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.
Cllr Jane Dowson
Chapel Allerton Ward Councillor and Chief Whip. A former Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson has been a ward councillor since 2004 and has served as Executive Board member for Education and Deputy Executive member for Children and Families. Cllr Dowson, commented: “One of my key focuses will be on customer experiences using my qualifications and experience in the field. I am also here to ensure best value for the city utilising the company's venues for income generation for this and other sectors in the city.”
Robert (Bob) Gettings JP, MBE - Vice Chair
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.
Gerry Harper is a former Leeds City Councillor and represented Hyde Park and Woodhouse Ward for over 20 years.
Whilst on the council, he held many posts including Executive Board Member and Deputy Executive Board Member for Development , Chief Whip for the Labour Group and member of many other committees over the years.
He was also Chair of the City Centre Partnership Board, Chair of the Kirkgate Markets Board and the Former Lord Mayor of Leeds in 2016 and Board Member for Leeds Grand Theatre and Chair of the Hyde Park Cinema Sub Committee.
He has also been a Member of the Leeds Lord Mayors Charity Committee for many years.
He was the Parliamentary Chief of staff for Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East
Outside of the council he is a keen walker,cyclist,swimmer, plays Crown Green Bowls and is an avid Leeds United supporter.
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.
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.
Kris Brewster is Head of Products at Skipton Building Society responsible for the commercial performance of the business including its corporate communications, public relations, and corporate social responsibility activity. Kris has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Bradford University. Kris is passionate about putting customers at the heart of business and excited to be able to help the Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House grow and develop its cultural offering for the benefit of Leeds and the wider community.
Peter is a property and construction professional. Having spent over 30 years’ in private practice, he is now an independent advisor and non-executive director for a number of businesses across the construction and real estate industry.
He was an equity partner of Deloitte LLP, where is held many leadership roles and provided board level advice to many clients delivering complex construction and real estate projects.
Peter has a particular interest and experience of culture & heritage projects and listed buildings.
Cllr Denise Ragan