Meet the Board

Culture Warrington Board  Members

Emma Hutchinson – Managing Director – Executive Board member

Emma joined the Senior Management Team as Business Development Director in May 2012,  when the services provided by LiveWire and Culture Warrington were transferred from Warrington Borough Council, and played an integral part in the development of LiveWire and Culture Warrington.  From February 2015 Emma provided cover for the role of Cultural Director at Culture Warrington for 12 months.

Emma has contributed fully to the high level of success experienced across both Companies during their first three years of trading by leading, planning and managing all business development activities and by providing strategic direction on the implementation of a business infrastructure that has achieved company growth and increased participation in sport, health and cultural activities.

Having attained an Honours Degree in Business Studies in 2001 at the University of Salford, Emma worked as Project Coordinator enhancing education opportunities for the children and young people of Salford.

In 2003 Emma moved to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council working on the delivery of the East Bolton Regeneration Strategy opening up pathways for sport, play and recreation for children and young people, progressing to the position of Principal Sports Development Officer managing delivery of workforce development plans delivering education programmes, volunteering and mentoring schemes for both the young and older generations.

In 2011 Emma was appointed the role of Development and Capacity Lead for 5 to 19 year-olds, managing the third sector quality assurance and workforce development planning programme across the Bolton borough, also introducing a local quality standard, and policies and procedures for third sector organisations aimed at those working in both a voluntary and paid capacity with young people.

This path of experience in planning, coordinating and leading in an environment focussed on enhancing opportunities for others and making a difference to their sense of wellbeing prepared Emma for her appointment to LiveWire and Culture Warrington in 2012.

As the Managing Director for LiveWire and Culture Warrington Emma will lead the teams through the new business plans which have a real focus in providing more opportunities that improve the wellbeing of residents in Warrington. Emma will work alongside both boards to develop new facilities and provide activities across the town’s neighbourhoods.

Maureen Banner – Chair

Maureen is chair of the board of Network Warrington, the local bus company. As a retired teacher, she has retained a keen interest in education and is passionately committed to early years’ education, both as chair of governors for the only statutory nursery school in Warrington at Sandy Lane and as chair of the Schools’ Forum.

Previously, Maureen was a non-executive member of the board of Warrington and Halton Hospitals Trust, spending five years as deputy chair and also chairing the audit committee. As a former member of Warrington Borough Council, Maureen held a number of Executive roles and has remained as a local parish councillor and chair of Rixton with Glazebrook parish council. She is also a member of Warrington East neighbourhood board, where she chairs the health and wellbeing committee.

In her spare time, Maureen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and going to the theatre.

Alessandro Bucci – Board member

Alessandro is a doctoral researcher in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. His academic interests include museum and display studies, material culture, sociology, fashion theory, and art theory. He has been active in curating exhibitions and educational programmes in Italy, Sweden, and the UK. He graduated in English and Russian at the University of Bari (Italy) and then successfully completed an MA in English and Russian at the University of Bari and a second MA in Fashion Theory at the University of Stockholm (Sweden).

Mike Corfield – Board member

Mike is an Assistant Director at the largest registered social landlord in Trafford,  Trafford Housing Trust. He is responsible for neighbourhood management, caretaking, grounds maintenace, allocations and lettings and the customer contact centre. Engaging with customers is an important part of his role and he chairs the customer action group which concerns itself with making customer service improvements.

Mike has worked in social housing for over 20 years and is passionate about the need for service organisations to understand their customers’ demands and redesign services in ways that make it easier for customers to get what they want.

Having lived in Warrington for nine years, putting something back into his local community is important to Mike and he volunteers at his local scout group, helping with the running of annual camps and field trips as well as running the Beaver Colony meetings. He lives in Lymm and is married with two young children. He enjoys music, cooking and enthusiastically playing his guitar.

Eileen Fitzgerald – Board member

Since her retirement in 2000, Eileen has pursued a fulfilling role in Warrington’s third sector with various organisations. She chairs the Older People’s Engagement Group, Warrington’s Older People’s Partnership Board and is the Director and Vice Chair of Healthwatch Warrington. She also represents the third sector on the local strategic partnership (LSP) board. Prior to her retirement, Eileen was headteacher of a successful primary school in the local area. During her time at the school, she introduced innovative and creative aspects to the school curriculum through arts and heritage projects. A key achievement was involvement in the ‘Building Bridges Peace Project’, in collaboration with other local schools and Liverpool University, to promote community cohesion across national boundaries.

Eileen’s involvement with older people across Warrington is primarily to ensure that older people have a voice in their neighbourhoods and in the town. This has involved marketing and developing a new group in the town, fully representative of Warrington’s diverse older population, to effectively engage with partners and organisations. She is vice chair and a resident representative on the West neighbourhood board and is also a director/trustee of the Gateway board and former trustee of the Carers’ Trustee board.

Alexandra Mitchell – Board member

Alex has an LLB Honours Degree in Law from University of Liverpool.  She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2005.  She joined Watsons Solicitors in Warrington in 2007, and became a partner in 2013, specialising in Probate, Wills, Trusts and all aspects of private client work, having a particular interest in advising the Elderly.  She is a student member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Group.  Her hobbies include playing Hockey for Lymm Ladies Hockey Club.

Lynda Moore – Board member

Lynda is an education consultant working with a variety of educational instuitutions, including University Teachnical Colleges and University Initial Teacher Education providers. She provides support and guidance on Quality Assurance, strategic planning, governance and curriculum.

Until May 2015, Lynda was employed by the University of Chester, firstly as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and latterly as Deputy Provost, based at the Warrington campus. Her main responsibility was to develop a strategy for engaging the Public Service programmes, including Cheshire Police, early years initial teacher training (ITT), nursing, social work and youth work with a particular focus on Safeguarding.

Lynda was also Project Director for the University Technical College Warrington (UTCW), a 16-19 college specialising in energy and engineering. UTCW is supported by WBC, Sellafield Ltd, Amec Foster Wheeler, Nuvia, Flamefast and a wide range of local employers in the energy and engineering sector and will open in September 2016.

Lynda’s background is in ITT and she was previously head of Primary Initial Teacher Training at Manchester Metropolitan University for eight years and head of Key Stage 2/3 ITT at Edge Hill University. She has also worked as an Ofsted inspector and has presented at a number of national and regional conferences on ITT and partnership working.

In all her roles, Lynda is determined to promote Warrington’s unique offer, to increase students’ employability and boost the economic wellbeing of the town.

Jonathan Main – Board member

Graeme Goulden – Board member

Ken Horn – Board member

Ken is a freelance television drama producer and has worked in the British television industry for 38 years. He started his career at Anglia TV as a cameraman and moved to Yorkshire TV working on a broad range of Network drama, sport and entertainment shows.

From there he joined Brookside as a lighting cameraman and moved into directing after a few years. Ken became a freelance director in the late 1980’s and directed some of the most popular TV Series on British TV, among them Heartbeat, London’s Burning, Lovejoy and Casualty.

Ken became a Producer in the late 90’s and was responsible for Merseybeat, The Royal, Steel River Blues and The Street, which won him a BAFTA and an International EMMY.

Recently he produced the hit series Our Girl for the BBC and is currently working for ITV on a thought provoking two part drama for the BBC.

Ken is a member of the Royal Television Society and is a voting member of BAFTA.

He has a keen interest in the arts and is a passionate photographer and cinematographer.