Our Board
Portsmouth Cultural Trust's Board of Trustees
Our Board

Our Board

Portsmouth Cultural Trust's Board of Trustees

Portsmouth Cultural Trust, registered charity number 1153358, was established in 2011 and is managed by a Board of Trustees as an independent body.

Our Chairman of the Board - Greg Perry

Greg brings a wealth of experience to the Trust having worked at senior management level within multiple cultural organisations in the UK and in the US including The Art Institute of Chicago, Rutgers University (New Jersey), the National Gallery, Imperial War Museums and more locally, as Director at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Greg has a background in the arts and in law and has a great interest in music and the performing arts. He has focused his work in the cultural sector on organisational planning, strategic budgeting and audience-informed programming.

The appointed board members are:

Anthony Brown
Anthony has been Head of Marketing for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 2000. The BSO are one of this country’s leading orchestras and performed at the re-opening of the Guildhall in 1959. Anthony is also company director of Heritage Concerts which has successfully put on several outdoor events. Anthony has had an association with the Guildhall for 20 years and has experienced many great concerts. Anthony has been a trustee since the formation of the Trust in 2011.

Chris Gilder
Chris has an extensive background in construction and is Bid Manager for Wates, a large construction company. He previously worked for Warings, Costain and Balfour Beatty. He has been a Portsmouth resident for 20 years and sits on the Client Team managing Guildhall Renaissance. He has been a trustee since the formation of the Trust in 2011.

Jacquie Shaw
Jacquie has had a long association with the Historic Dockyard which has included Head of Communications and Visitor Services when the new Mary Rose Museum opened in May 2014. Jacquie is PR Manager for the National Museum of the Royal Navy. She has also been a trustee for Aspex Gallery and an advisor to Petersfield Museum. Jacquie has been a trustee since the formation of the Trust in 2011.

Nick Leach
As Head of Catering Services for the University of Portsmouth, Nick has responsibility for providing food options for 22,000 students. Nick has worked in catering for most of his adult life including the London Business School and Kings College Hospital in London. Nick is a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs and a fellow of the Institute of Inn Keepers. In common with all the trustees he is passionate about music and attends many concerts. Nick has been a trustee since the formation of the Trust in 2011 and is a member of the Client Team overseeing Guildhall Renaissance.

Simon Frost
Simon is owner of Hibou Communications and a former CEO of the Parity Trust, a community finance operation. Through Parity he supported many community schemes including the refurbishment of the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. Simon chairs the Trust’s Audit and Finance Committee. Simon now lives in France with his wife, he has been a trustee since the formation in 2011.

Claire Hardy
Claire has been working with Vivacity Culture and Leisure since 2011 as their Heritage Services and Programmes Manager. Prior to this she worked for Cornwall County Council in outreach and marketing, having worked for a number of years in education as a teacher.

Claire joined the Board in 2017 and supports the work of our learning and participation team with her knowledge and experience.

Cllr. Linda Symes
Linda joined the Trust in 2015. She is the Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure at the City Council and is a keen supporter of local culture. Linda has been involved with a number of local networks including the ‘Duisburg/Portsmouth Friendship Committee’ and several local trusts including the Mary Rose Trust. Linda’s grandfather was a stonemason who worked on the original building.

Cllr. Luke Stubbs
Luke was appointed to the Board in 2016. He is the Deputy Leader of the Council and cabinet member for Health and Social Care. Luke first became a councillor in 2006 and has a vast range of public sector experience including traffic, transportation, regeneration and economic development. His interests include science fiction, rock music, travel, cinema and walking.

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