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The Core at Corby Cube is governed by a Board of volunteer Trustees, each recruited to support the management team in ensuring that the charity continues to thrive. The current membership is:
Mr Alec McPhedran – Independent
Alec joined the Board in September 2021. He is the Managing Director of Kettering based Skills Channel TV, which is a learning and development provider specifically for the creative sector, and has managed the business for over 18 years working with clients such as Creative England, Directors UK, the Guild of British Camera Technicians. Alec set up Skills Channel TV after he left Channel 4 as head of Learning and Creative Sector Talent Development. He is the chair of Screen Northants, a social enterprise film production charity, a governor of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, and a voluntary mentor for the Corby based Chartered Institute of Management. Alec has a passion for art and comedy and is a regular attendee at both The Core and Royal & Derngate.
Mr Bob Christer – Independent
Bob was elected to the Board in November 2021. He is an internationally connected theatre maker, facilitator and project manager specialising in inclusive approaches, and is currently employed as Programme Manager for the SENsory Atelier programme at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester. Bob has a strong historic connection with the Core from his time as Director of Pedestrian and work conducted through the CONCEPT youth music programme. Over the last 17 years he has worked extensively across the Midlands in youth arts and education roles, working up from delivering theatre in education programmes in schools, facilitating workshops and youth theatre programmes, and leading on a range of theatre programmes for young people and adults with learning differences and disabilities, through to leading an arts education charity, and now a large scale programme with 9 SEND schools across Leicestershire.
Gail Arnott – Independent
Gail joined the Board in February 2015. She is a former Chief Executive with wide ranging experience in both Arts and Commercial Management, including seven years as Executive Director of The Castle, Wellingborough, an ACE NPO theatre and arts centre..
Gary Tait – Independent
Gary joined the Board in January 2015. Born in Corby, Gary has a keen affinity with the town and supports a number of local charities. Gary is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lakelands Hospice and a Trustee of the Travers Foundation.
Cllr John McGhee – CBC
John was appointed to the Board in November 2016. He serves as a Councillor for Corby Borough Council, Kingswood and Hazel Leys area. John is also a Northamptonshire County Councillor for Kingswood and West Ward in Corby, and is Leader of the Labour Group. He attends many of the tenant and resident meetings all over his area and can be seen at monthly surgery’s in Kingswood, Beanfield and Hazel leys community centres. His main areas of interest as County Councillor include: the regeneration of his division as stated in the County Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy; and to ensure that all our children get a fair and decent level of education. John lives in Corby having moved there from Glasgow in 1982. He has worked with Corus in Corby for 15 years.
Mr Saj Chowdry – Independent
Saj was appointed to the Board in November 2021. The majority of his career has been in the professional recruitment sector in the UK, and he has worked in the technology sector both as a consultant and subsequently as a business founder and entrepreneur. Saj is a huge fan of sports – plays golf, tennis, skis, and cycles. Music and theatre has been a big part of his life and he enjoys both traditional Indian/Pakistani classical music as well as western music. He is a member of The Barbican, The Almeida Theatre, and the Roundhouse in Camden.
Mr Stephen Cox – Independent
Stephen joined the Board in September 2021. He has been a drama teacher for 10 years, 5 of which have been spent teaching in a local Corby secondary school. Stephen has a strong understanding of the needs of education when it comes to delivering performing arts subjects to 11-18 year olds. He has gained a good insight into how to inspire them to get more involved in the performing arts, and supports developing opportunities for them to access this outside of the school setting. Stephen has a long standing involvement in amateur musical theatre. Having been involved in several different societies in the area over the years he has a broad understanding of the needs of these amateur groups when developing and performing shows, which most do for enjoyment over profit. He feels community theatre, dance groups and amateur societies play a vital role in the success of the performing arts in the area.
ACE – Ms Jessica Tickell
CBC – Ms J McKinnon