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 …

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 …