Meet The Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
COMPANY SECRETARY

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. ...
TRUSTEES

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 ...
Phil Bennett Trustee Kirkgate Arts and Heritage Cockermouth

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
David Honorary Treasurer Kirkgate Arts Trustees

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 ...