Catherine is a senior manager with Arts Council England, based in its Leeds office. She manages a team of specialist relationship managers who work with arts and cultural organisations across the North. Her work includes arts festival and art centre development, culture and health, creative media and capital investment across the north. She regularly sits on decision panels for National Lottery funding programmes and is passionate about getting great art to more people, especially those who might not usually participate.
Previously, Catherine was a founding director of Leeds’ community media company Vera Media, where she worked for twenty-four years producing award-winning specialist videos, and running training in digital media. In 2005 the organisation expanded, setting up a community radio station in Beeston, South Leeds. Before joining Arts Council in 2010, Catherine worked for Leeds City Council on the national young people’s arts initiative, Find Your Talent. Catherine has held several local and national non-executive directorships and has been a school governor for twenty-five years.
Following retirement in 2005 from his role as Director of Business Operations at the Co-operative Bank, Colin was invited by United Kingdom Community Foundations (UKCF) to support their 45 affiliated members to devise policies and processes to identify and secure the transfer of moribund charitable assets (cash and managed investments) maintained by the Trustees of dormant and ineffective charitable trusts.
Working in conjunction with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, over a 12 year period, £62 million of assets held by 3,700 individual charitable trusts were identified and ultimately transferred to Community Foundations, to be held in the form of community capital, with annual income providing grant support to local grassroots groups and organisations, for the benefit of their local communities.
Colin is an active volunteer in his local community and a Trustee of the Clayworth Education Foundation.