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 …

Duncan Nicholson

Duncan is a resident of the village of Dearham near Maryport and works as Regional Head of Funding for the National Lottery Community Fund, managing the distribution of Reaching Communities funds across the NE and Cumbria. Duncan was born in Manchester and studied at Durham University for a BA then in Huddersfield for a Further Education teaching qualification. Most of …

Bob Pritchard

A native of Manchester, Bob has lived in Cockermouth for 35 years. He founded Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) in 1984, and its rural touring offshoot, the A595 Theatre Company in 2000. He has been associated with the Kirkgate Centre since it was first proposed in 1990. A teacher of English and Drama for much of his career, Bob started …

Andy Semple

Andy is a regular performer at Cockermouth’s summer festival Cockermouth Live! and, while focusing on music, he has a life-long interest and passion for all the performing arts. Originally from across the border in Dumfries and Galloway, Cockermouth has been his home for 32 years. Andy has over 25 years’ experience in management at a senior level and at one …

Helen Hardy

Science Digital Programme Manager, the Natural History Museum, London Helen is a lifelong Londoner who hopes one day to relocate to Cumbria, where she has family in Whitehaven and Seascale and has enjoyed holidays since early childhood. Helen started her career as a civil servant, working for 16 years in HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury where she held …

David Thomas: Treasurer

David is a true Cockney – born within the sound of Bow Bells, in Plaistow, East London. Therefore, he is a life-long Hammers fan and still supports them from afar in Cumbria. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and spent much of his career as the Finance Director of various NHS Trusts. He …