We’re looking for new Trustees!

We are lucky to have a small but committed group of Trustees. We are now looking to add an even wider set of skills and professional and lived experience to this group as we look ahead to an exciting future. We are also seeking a replacement for our long-serving Chair, Gary Tait, who is retiring after seven years. Our new Chair will display many of the attributes and commitments listed in the pack here, and supplement the skills and experiences of our existing Board of Trustees.

For both potential Trustees and Chair, we welcome applications from those whose backgrounds are currently under represented on both our board and in the arts more widely.

Come and find out more

We would like to invite interested parties along to The Core for a drink and an informal chat about the theatre on Wednesday 2 November at 6.30pm before attending a show that evening. Please express your interest in joining this event via email to [email protected].

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV, or two page summary of your skills and experience, highlighting your suitability for the role. Please indicate whether you are applying for a position as Trustee or would like to be considered as our new Chair.

Alternatively, those interested in applying can submit a short (maximum three minutes) video or audio statement.

Please contact Alexandra Robinson at [email protected] or call 01604 655712.

Full pack: download here or view on Issuu

Easy Read: download here or view on Issuu

Audio version: coming soon.

Candidates needing any assistance to complete their application should also contact Alexandra Robinson. If there is anything about this recruitment process or the way we have promoted this opportunity that has created any barriers to you applying, please let us know.

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 7 November


Our Trustees

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.

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.

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.

Terry Forsey – Independent

Terry was appointed to the Board in February 2022.

He has spent over 40 years working worldwide as a sales and marketing focused director within small and medium-sized software companies and is also an Angel Investor and Non-Executive Director, specialising in supporting innovative technology businesses to grow.

Terry is passionate about sport, the creative and performing arts, and in 2012 he founded The Travers Foundation a local volunteer-run charity that helps local young people to realise their dreams in sport, music, and arts, and offer financial support to nurture the talent of local teams, groups and individuals in Rutland, Leicestershire, and Northamptonshire.

Cllr Helen Howell – NNC

Helen was appointed to the Board on 29 March 2022.  She serves as a Councillor for North Northamptonshire Council and ward member for Raunds, Stanwick and Hargrave area, and is Deputy Leader of the Conservative administration for North Northamptonshire Council and Executive member for Sport Leisure Culture and Tourism.  Helen has been a Councillor since 2011 and since becoming Deputy Leader and Executive member has immersed herself into the role, taking great interest in all areas of her portfolio.  She is co-Director of a training company that she and her partner have been running since 2000 and is an advocate for lifelong learning.


ACE – Ms Jessica Tickell
NNC – Ms J McKinnon