The Beacon's guiding lights

Beacon Arts Centre is the front-facing brand owned by Greenock Arts Guild Ltd (a registered charity), itself run by a Board of Trustees with key governance from the Theatre Director and senior management team.

The members of the Board of Greenock Arts Guild are a group of highly skilled people drawn primarily from the local area and represent industry, business, art and theatre lovers, and fans of the Beacon.

We believe that everyone should have fair and equitable access to the arts. We aim to remove barriers around disability, age, health and wellbeing and socio-economic deprivation, to minimise disadvantage by encouraging participation for all and to deliver on our mission:

To light up lives in Inverclyde

All our staff – whether backstage, front of house, in the office or our valued volunteers – work hard together to deliver a wide-ranging programme of live shows, creative learning, events, exhibitions and new experiences for everyone in Inverclyde and beyond to enjoy year-round.

Pauline Kane | Theatre Director

Tessa Calder | Finance & HR Officer

Tony Curry | Finance Assistant

Jill Thomson | Development Manager

Chris Gowling | Technical Manager

Lisa McRuvie | Marketing Officer

Christopher Patrick | Customer Service Supervisor

Kate Stevens | Creative Learning Co-ordinator

Box Office

 

Board of Trustees

Alex Reedijk | Chairman

Joined 2019

Alex Reedijk joined Scottish Opera as General Director in February 2006, following four years at the helm of The NBR New Zealand Opera.  Prior to that he was Executive Director of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts.

Having worked for many opera companies and festivals across the world, including Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera and the original Garsington Opera, he became New Zealand Festival’s Deputy Executive Director with particular responsibility for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which made its first highly successful visit out of Edinburgh to Wellington in 2000.

Over his 13 years at Scottish Opera the company has flourished, bringing opera performances to over 45 communities across Scotland every year.  There has also been an array of new initiatives for young people, and for people living with Dementia, including the world’s first Dementia-Friendly opera performances in 2016.  He has also worked closely in partnership with Music Director Stuart Stratford to sustain and develop a very strong commitment to both 20th century opera and new commissions.

In November 2011, Alex was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alex is currently Vice Chairman of the Citizens Theatre, and Chairman of the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.

Joanne Walmsley | Vice Chair

Joined 2018

Executive Producer at Barrowland Ballet, Jo is an arts professional with over 15 years’ experience in strategic planning, programme management and producing with a focus on socially engaged practice within the creative and cultural sector.

Councillor Elizabeth Robertson | Board Member

Joined 2016

The first ever Female SNP elected member to Inverclyde Council, Elizabeth is a local arts and theatre enthusiast who is well known locally through her commitment and support to a number of local theatre groups.

Puneet Gupta | Board Member

Joined 2018

Puneet is COO of PG Paper, one of the UK’s fastest growing paper companies established back in 2003. PG Paper works across many local and previously unsought markets across the world and is now one of Scotland’s biggest exporters.

James Haworth | Board Member

Joined 2019

James started his career with Apollo Leisure in 1992 and, due to a series of company acquisitions, subsequently worked for SFX, Clear Channel, Live Nation and currently The Ambassador Theatre Group.

James has worked in various management capacities at the Liverpool Empire, Oxford Apollo (now New Theatre), Manchester Apollo, Palace Theatre and Opera House Theatres in Manchester, Birmingham Alexandra, Edinburgh Playhouse and most recently King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal in Glasgow

Martin McCluskey | Board Member

Joined 2018

Labour’s leader for Inverclyde, Martin was born, raised and lives in Inverclyde, campaigning across communities to bring the latest from Labour across the country about issues affecting people who live and work in Inverclyde.

Councillor James Clocherty | Board Member

Joined 2018

Michael Hughes | Board Member

Joined 2019

Michael is a very experienced corporate and restructuring lawyer with a keen interest in the performing arts and live venues. He has over twenty years of experience working on restructuring and turning around companies and businesses from small to very large and in many different sectors.

He has also had years of experience acting as a non-executive director on the boards of businesses focusing on rapid change in competitive markets.

He has extensive experience of corporate governance gained both as a director and as a legal adviser to the boards of a wide variety of companies and charities of all shapes and sizes. Michael is presently specialising in Data Protection and Privacy law.

Beacon Community Ambassadors

We strive to be an Arts Centre that serves and welcomes everyone by putting our communities at the heart of what we do, the shows we programme, and the creative engagement opportunities we offer. 

Late last year, we created a group of Beacon Community Ambassadors – to become the voice of the community and help in the development of our Creative Learning Programme.

If you want to know more or are interested in joining the conversation email: beth@beaconartscentre.co.uk or call us on 01475 460262.

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