LIPA COUNCIL DIRECTORS

Isabel Begg
Head of Commercial Business Affairs for Radio and Education - BBC London

Isabel is an experienced lawyer with 20 years in the film and television industry. Her previous roles include Senior Business and Commercial Affairs Manager (BBC Fiction), Head of Business and Legal Affairs (BBC Films) and Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Miramax Films UK.

Julie Cullen
BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2

Julie has been an integral part of the growth of the BBC Music network since its inception.  She has worked on live events and shows, including Glastonbury, South by South West Festival, BBC Proms and the Mercury Music Prize.  She has also worked at the heart of, and collaborated with, some of the BBC’s best loved brands, Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and BBC News.

James Dow
Founding Partner Dow Schofield Watts

James is a founding partner of specialist corporate finance firm, Dow Schofield Watts, which he started in 2002. Before this, he was with KPMG for 18 years, eight as a corporate finance partner, ultimately in charge of the North West region. James is a previous winner of the EN Deals of the Year Award and the Insider Dealmaker of the Year and is the co-author of Private Equity : Law and Practice.

Louise Ellman
Labour & Co-Operative MP, Liverpool Riverside

Louise was first elected as the Labour/Co-operative MP for Liverpool Riverside in 1997 and is Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.  Louise was Leader of Lancashire County Council from 1981-1997 and was founding Vice-Chair of Lancashire Enterprises. Louise worked in Further Education and in the Open University before her full-time political involvement.  She is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.

Victoria Fea
Senior Drama Commissioner, ITV

Victoria is currently a drama commissioner for ITV, enjoying close talent relationships across the industry, including all the major producers, writers, agents and directors.  During her career she has worked for BBC and independent production companies.

Mark Featherstone-Witty
Principal & CEO – LIPA

Mark worked as an actor, editor and freelance journalist before finding his metier as a teacher. He has been responsible for a variety of business start–ups, including three private FE colleges that he lead or co-founded. Inspired by the film Fame, Mark founded The Schools for Performing Arts Trust to pioneer a new, institute wide curriculum. This initiative first manifested itself as The BRIT School. Mark led the creation of LIPA and has been Principal since it opened.

Jonathan Ford
Managing Director of Jonathan Ford & Co, Edge Lane, Liverpool

Jonathan is the Managing Director of Jonathan Ford & Co, Chartered Accountants. The firm was established in 1999 and specialises in the entertainment and creative sectors. Jonathan qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Liverpool before becoming the Financial Controller for Mersey TV – the production company behind Brookside, Hollyoaks and Grange Hill. Jonathan is also the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.

Simon Fowler
Director of Communications, John Lewis

Simon joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1986 as a graduate trainee. His development attachments with John Lewis took him through a succession of management appointments. He is now Director of Communications.  Simon is the Chairman of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), which acts as the voice of co-owned business.

Geoffrey Goodwin (Vice Chair)
CEO: 40 Partners Ltd
Creative Director and Head of AOL Studios UK

Geoffrey has 17 years experience working in the media and entertainment industry in both the UK and in his native Canada. Geoffrey left the BBC in summer 2012 having last worked for the CEO at BBC Worldwide, developing a luxury brand in the arts, culture and film space. His previous appointments include Head of BBC Switch, the BBC’s multi-platform brand for teenagers and Head of Strategy for BBC Drama, Entertainment and Children’s (DEC). Geoffrey also has held numerous positions in film, TV and multi-platform production, most recently as an executive producer / producer and prior to that, as a Production Estimator for Paragon Entertainment and as a runner on the world famous Alliance Atlantis programme, Due South!  Geoffrey has just launched 40 Partners, a new and exclusive talent agency and production house.

Ian Jones (Chair)

A former RBS Regional Director, Ian has had an involvement with LIPA since its inception, serving two spells on the Council and becoming Chair in 2012. He has also held a wide range of non-Executive roles, including several appointments in the higher education sector. These positions include Treasurer & Vice Chair of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Council Member of the University of Liverpool and a member of its Audit Committee. He is also Senior Independent Director of Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chairs the Audit Committee.

Roger Morris

Roger attended grammar school in the building which is now LIPA. He was one of the voluntary planning team, which worked in the early 1990s to create LIPA and has been involved with our activities and development ever since. Roger is the Director of a group of grant-making trusts based in Liverpool and has many links with charities and other organisations involved in the arts, education, and community development.

Frank Sanderson
Professor Emeritus, Liverpool John Moores University

Frank joined Liverpool John Moores University in 1973, and since then has worked in a number of roles throughout the institution. These have included Dean (of Students), Dean of The Division of Arts & Professional Studies and Member of Executive Board, Director of the Liverpool Business School and Executive Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor. Frank has also held a wide range of non-Executive roles, including several appointments to organisations in the healthcare sector throughout Merseyside.

Ken Webster
Independent IT Consultant

Ken worked in the insurance sector and held positions with companies including Littlewoods and H&G Textile Group before setting up his own software company. He also worked with Liverpool Football Club for a number of years, eventually taking up the position of Head of ICT where he worked until 2011. Ken is now an Independent IT Consultant.

Andy Westwood
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, University of Manchester

Andy is Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Manchester. He is also a Professor of Politics and Policy at the University of Winchester and President of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation. He is a trustee of the National Union of Students and a member of HEFCE's Strategic Advisory Board for Quality, Accountability and Regulation. Previously he worked at a number of think tanks and was a special adviser to ministers on education, skills and science policy at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and at HM Treasury.

Claire Workman: Chief Operating Officer, First Ark Group

Claire has over 20 years’ experience of working in and across public, private and voluntary bodies as a practitioner, auditor and management consultant. For the past 10 years, her work has focussed primarily on working through strategy and policy initiatives with the Boards of public sector organisations, and building their strategic and transformational capabilities through dedicated Leadership Development Programmes.  She is currently Chief Operating Officer at First Ark Group.

Richard Young
Director, Uniac

Richard has been an internal auditor for the last twenty years, joining Uniac in 1992. His previously roles include senior audit manager at a Liverpool based NHS Internal Audit Consortium. He has experience in undertaking reviews covering student themes (recruitment, retention and satisfaction), HR (recruitment policies and staff development) and estates (capital projects, maintenance and service standards).


MEMBERS

John Causebrook
Consultant – Anthony Field Associates

John is currently a Director with Anthony Field Associates & Theatre Project Trust. He began his career as a theatre manager and has been responsible for many West End and Broadway productions. As a theatre consultant, John has worked on (amongst others) the Malta Opera House and Arts Centre, the Athens Concert Hall and the New Theatre in Milton Keynes. He is a Fellow of the RSA and is Treasurer of Arts Interlink.

Flo Clucas OBE

Flo Clucas OBE LL.D(hc), Cavaliere, was first elected to Liverpool council in 1986 and held a number of portfolios including that of Deputy Leader of the Council. Flo was a board member of Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Science Park and did extensive work on EU Funding programmes for Liverpool and the North West. She founded Hands Across the Sea after the Asian Tsunami which did extensive work in Sri Lanka. She retired from the City Council in 2012, though she continued to work on EU programmes.

Flo was a member of the Committee of the Regions 2002 to 2012, and was both President of the ALDE group and President of the CoR Commission on the EU Budget post 2013. She is currently a CoR expert on the Budget and on reducing EU legislation. 

Flo moved to Cheltenham in 2012 and became a councillor in 2014. She is currently a Cabinet member and has Culture as one of her responsibilities. A teacher by profession, Flo’s range of experience covers primary, secondary and tertiary education.  She was a LIPA Council member serving initially on the Shadow Council and later became Chair of LIPA from 2000-2009. Flo is a LIPA Member and is Chair of the LIPA Primary School. A visiting Fellow st the Heseltine Institute, she is also an advisory member of the Board of the Institute of Irish Studies. She was appointed OBE in 2005, awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity in 2009 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2013.

James Dimmock
Corporate and Financial Development Adviser - LIPA

Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and is currently a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He joined PKF (UK) LLP, London office, in 1976 and transferred to the Liverpool office in 1983. He was admitted as an equity partner in 1985.  Jim specialised in corporate finance and forensic work and advised medium and larger private companies and listed companies on acquisitions, disposals, restructuring and flotations. He has given evidence in Court on financial issues on more than 10 occasions.  Jim acted as financial advisor to LIPA virtually from its inception.  He retired from PKF in 2007. He was employed by LIPA as Head of Corporate and Financial Development from January 2010 until December 2015, since when he has acted as an adviser, continuing to deal with corporate and financial matters.

Mark Featherstone-Witty
Principal & CEO – LIPA

Mark worked as an actor, editor and freelance journalist before finding his metier as a teacher. He has been responsible for a variety of business start–ups, including three private FE colleges that he lead or co-founded. Inspired by the film Fame, Mark founded The Schools for Performing Arts Trust to pioneer a new, institute wide curriculum. This initiative first manifested itself as The BRIT School. Mark led the creation of LIPA and has been Principal since it opened.

Geoffrey Goodwin (Vice Chair)
CEO: 40 Partners Ltd
Creative Director and Head of AOL Studios UK

Geoffrey has 17 years experience working in the media and entertainment industry in both the UK and in his native Canada. Geoffrey left the BBC in summer 2012 having last worked for the CEO at BBC Worldwide, developing a luxury brand in the arts, culture and film space. His previous appointments include Head of BBC Switch, the BBC’s multi-platform brand for teenagers and Head of Strategy for BBC Drama, Entertainment and Children’s (DEC). Geoffrey also has held numerous positions in film, TV and multi-platform production, most recently as an executive producer / producer and prior to that, as a Production Estimator for Paragon Entertainment and as a runner on the world famous Alliance Atlantis programme, Due South!  Geoffrey has just launched 40 Partners, a new and exclusive talent agency and production house.

Rupert Grey
Consultant - Swan Turton

Rupert commenced his legal career at 35.  He became senior partner of a prominent libel practice, and later an equity partner at Farrers, the UK’s premier private practice law-firm.  He is now a consultant with Swan Turton, a specialist intellectual property practice in Covent Garden.  As a lawyer he has represented, and fought legal actions for and against, national papers and politicians, leading photographers and publishers, businessmen and explorers.  Rupert serves on the board of a number of front line charities in the performing arts, education, photography and conservation.

Ian Jones (Chair)

A former RBS Regional Director, Ian has had an involvement with LIPA since its inception, serving two spells on the Council and becoming Chair in 2012. He has also held a wide range of non-Executive roles, including several appointments in the higher education sector. These positions include Treasurer & Vice Chair of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Council Member of the University of Liverpool and a member of its Audit Committee. He is also Senior Independent Director of Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chairs the Audit Committee.

Dr Joanna Moriarty (Chair)
Director of Careers & Higher Education - St Paul's Girls’ School

Jo is currently the Director of Careers & Higher Education at St Paul's Girls School; a top independent, day school for girls. She was a Founding Trustee of the Schools for Performing Arts Trust and so was involved in the founding of the BRIT school in London and later LIPA. Jo was a Director on the LIPA Council for nine years and continues to support LIPA in her role as a Member. Jo is also Chair of the LIPA Sixth Form College.

Roger Morris

Roger attended grammar school in the building which is now LIPA. He was one of the voluntary planning team, which worked in the early 1990s to create LIPA and has been involved with our activities and development ever since. Roger is the Director of a group of grant-making trusts based in Liverpool and has many links with charities and other organisations involved in the arts, education, and community development.

Adrian Packer
CEO and Founder - CORE Education Trust

Adrian Packer is the founder and CEO of CORE Education Trust. He took over as Executive Principal of Park View Educational Trust (PVET) and Interim Principal of Park View School in September 2014. In 2012, Adrian was the founding Principal of Everton Alternative Provision Free School and 6th Form College.  From 2010, Adrian was an Executive Director and part of the founding team of Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA).  Adrian was a senior Artistic Director at the BRIT School for 12 years.  Adrian is Governor of the City of Birmingham School and a Member of the Perry Beeches, The Academy Trust.  He is also an independent, Non-Executive Director of ukactive.