Steve Stickley has worked in theatre professionally all his life. He has been Artistic Director of Footprints Theatre (Nottingham) since 1978 as well being a filmmaker and public-speaking coach. Originally trained as a drama teacher he encourages storytelling in all its forms and is in touch with many artists and performers in the UK. He is also a writer having written four books about drama and one biography and enjoys sculpting. He lives in Nottingham, UK and was elected Chair of the Trust in 2014.
Dr Juliet Colman holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia, School of International Development, and has been a visiting scholar to the New School, New York and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is the founder of SecurityWomen, an NGO advocating for greater gender equality globally in security sector institutions, and for the past two years has been the UN representative of NAWO (National Alliance of Women’s Organisations).
She is a Smart Partner with the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM); Patron of Science for Africa; and Vice-President UNA Westminster. She is a former governor of Southlands Methodist College and of Roehampton University.
Chris Watts (Treasurer)
I am a retired Chartered Accountant. Having qualified and worked for some years with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) I then had a spell in the head office of an international precision engineering group. I then moved back into professional accounting to a smaller practice (up to retirement) where the accent was on personal service. Much of my time was spent on charity clients and I still carry out some financial consultancy for a fairly substantial charity.
My interest in the arts is mainly as a consumer and I attend concerts, theatre productions and art exhibitions on a very regular basis.
My main participation is in singing and I have been a second bass with Goldsmith’s Choral Union for over forty years and I am also now in a chamber choir. I play the piano for personal enjoyment and deputise for the organist at my church when he is away.
I am pleased to have an opportunity to help artists (with a Christian motivation) to achieve their potential by easing the financial burden.