As a charitable trust, Freedom Festival Arts Trust has an established Board of Trustees. Each Trustee volunteers their time, expertise, skills and knowledge to the ongoing development of Freedom Festival – we wouldn’t be able to run the festival without them. The Freedom Festival Board meets bi-monthly, with more regular meetings held for Board sub-groups, each of which has a key area of focus such as marketing and programming.
Images courtesy of Anete Sooda and Alison Robinson.
Graham is a retired Professor of French and former Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull. Born in Crewe, educated in Wales and formerly a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, Graham originally came to Hull “for a year or two” – he’s still here after more than 40 years.
Graham Chesters (Chair)
Vice Chair of the Larkin Society, Chair of Larkin25 Ltd
John was the Editor of the Hull Daily Mail for 14 years and now runs his own media and communications consultancy. He is a passionate ambassador for Hull and a strong advocate of culture and the arts in the city.
John Meehan (Vice Chair)
Owner, Meehan Media & Comms Ltd
Samantha is a passionate advocate of Hull, being involved in the marketing and regeneration of the city for the last fifteen years. Sam set up Fika Creative to offer marketing advice and help others achieve the same digital marketing success she has enjoyed since starting her award-winning travel, food and lifestyle blog seven years ago.
Director, Fika Creative (www.fikacreative.co.uk)
Mark studied at Hull School of Architecture and has worked in Hull since 1988, on regeneration projects including the Fruit Market. In 2016, Mark visited Sierra Leone with Freedom Festival’s Mikey Martins and other delegates, to explore potential joint projects with Hull’s twin city.
Director of Hodson Architects
Prior to joining Northern Stage, Kate was Head of Programming and Talent Development at Hull Truck; she has worked with inspiring artists across the arts spectrum, both in the UK and abroad. Kate played a significant role in Hull's winning UK City of Culture bid.
Executive Director, Northern Stage
Karen is Trustee of Hull Black History Partnership and supports various Hull community organisations, helping to promote and develop an understanding between Afro Caribbean, black and minority ethnic groups and the wider community. Karen was part of the successful Hull 2017 bid team.
Community Champion, Hull Black History Partnership
In her role at Hull College, Sarah has a particular research interest in digital innovation and is responsible for an extensive programme of exhibitions, commissions and external projects. Sarah has strong connections within Hull's cultural landscape.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Hull College
A Chartered Public Finance Accountant, Neil is proud to have played a major part in The Deep’s enormous success from its inception. He is passionate about improving the life chances of Hull’s young people and is currently Chair of the Sirius Academy West and North secondary schools.
Finance Director, The Deep
Tanya has over twenty years’ experience in marketing, corporate affairs and communications. With particular expertise in corporate branding and strategy development, she aims to share her skills and knowledge to contribute to an exceptional arts and culture programme for the people living in her home city.
Senior Director of Marketing, Europe at Acelity
Sameera is an in-house lawyer for a major global entertainment company. She lives in Hull and is passionate about using arts and culture to engage with the city's young people. Sameera was a trustee of Hull's UK City of Culture and is also a governor and trustee at a local school.
Sameera Anwar West
In-House Counsel, EMEA
David began his career in the visual arts as a practising artist and is currently Head of Visual Art and Engagement at The Civic, Barnsley. He has built a reputation for curating and exhibiting contemporary design and applied arts in the North. In 2016 he secured a secondment with Hull 2017 City of Culture to lead visual arts development and opened a new contemporary art space.
Head of Visual Art and Engagement, The Civic (Barnsley)
Sally is passionate about the Arts, festivals and live events. Her work includes roles with Secret Cinema, Glastonbury Festival and Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Sally first came to Hull in 1997 to study English Literature & Drama and is thrilled to take up this post; her grandparents who fell in love on the Venn Building steps in the 1930’s would be incredibly proud!
Freelance Creative Producer & Project Manager