Emma Heys: General Manager

Emma was born in West Cumbria where her mother ensured she was exposed to as many aspects of the arts as the rural location allowed. After completing a degree in Textile Management at Leeds University she has worked within many aspects of the textiles industry from manufacturing and retail to supply chain management. Emma has always loved to travel and …

Dorothy Wordsworth to Light Up Cumbria’s Christmas

A specially commissioned artwork representing Dorothy Wordsworth is to be part of the town centre Christmas lights in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The ‘Portrait of Dorothy’ is being switched on at a major outdoor event on November 21. The portrait is a light installation that will stand on a temporary plinth in the middle of Cockermouth’s Main Street near Wordsworth House where …

Jocelyn West: Finance & Administration Officer

Jocelyn started working at the Kirkgate in 2009. Prior to this she had been a volunteer, first in the very early days serving interval coffee and later working in the box office. She grew up in Cockermouth and attended school at All Saints (now Kirkgate) – she is pleased that at least we now have indoor toilets! Her work background …

Katie Gentry: Operations Manager

Katie grew up in Cockermouth and, after a few years away in various roles and cities, moved back in 2003. She started volunteering at the Kirkgate Centre in 2014 in the box office, with the music programming group and the Friends of the Kirkgate fund raising committee. Always willing to get stuck in, it wasn’t long before she started assisting …

Chloe Maitland: Community Projects Officer

Chloe joined the Kirkgate team in September 2021 and is enjoying getting to know the team and community that she is working with. She found out about Kirkgate during her time on the Changing Culture Programme, which is a course in leadership in the arts and cultural sector. The Kirkgate was her placement working on this programme. She has been …

Rob Higgins: Company Secretary

Rob is a Cockermouth resident who has a background in nuclear engineering and legal services. He acts as the Trust’s Company Secretary, supporting the Board and ensuring that all corporate filings and company policies are up to date.

Marion Bowman: Chair

Marion is a native West Cumbrian, born in Maryport and educated in Cockermouth. After graduating in American and Russian Studies at the University of Manchester she trained as a newspaper journalist in Leeds and as a radio broadcaster in Manchester. She spent most of her career in London where she first worked as a current affairs journalist and presenter with …

Phil Bennett

Phil relocated to Cumbria with his wife and two daughters in 2014. He began volunteering at the Kirkgate to help become part of the community. Having been enthused by the staff and volunteers, and particularly by their impressive achievements in planning for the future of the centre, he joined Kirkgate Arts board in 2015. Phil has a diverse nuclear technical …

Judith Bennington

Born in the North East, Judith moved to London after graduating from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. After a short stint in publishing, she took up a post in the Department of Energy. Judith was a career civil servant with posts as private secretary to two Government Ministers and working on a broad range of …

Sue Moses

A native West Cumbrian, Sue has always lived in the area, apart from time studying Business Studies and Modern Foreign Languages at Newcastle Polytechnic. Returning to Cockermouth, Sue worked as PA to the Board of Directors at Millers Footwear Limited in Cockermouth, until its closure in 1990. Then followed a ten year stint in the hospitality industry, working as Conference …