LIPA COUNCIL DIRECTORS

Isabel Begg
Head of Commercial Business Affairs for Radio and Education - BBC London

Isabel is an experienced lawyer with 20 years in the film and television industry. Her previous roles include Senior Business and Commercial Affairs Manager (BBC Fiction), Head of Business and Legal Affairs (BBC Films) and Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Miramax Films UK.

James Dow
Founding Partner Dow Schofield Watts

James is a founding partner of specialist corporate finance firm, Dow Schofield Watts, which he started in 2002. Before this, he was with KPMG for 18 years, eight as a corporate finance partner, ultimately in charge of the North West region. James is a previous winner of the EN Deals of the Year Award and the Insider Dealmaker of the Year and is the co-author of Private Equity : Law and Practice.

Dame Louise Ellman

Dame Louise Ellman was the Labour/Co-op MP for Liverpool Riverside from 1997-2019 and Chair of the Transport Select Committee from 2008-2017.  She was appointed DBE [Dame Commander of the British Empire] in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 for parliamentary and political services.

Victoria Fea
Senior Drama Commissioner, ITV

Victoria is currently a drama commissioner for ITV, enjoying close talent relationships across the industry, including all the major producers, writers, agents and directors.  During her career she has worked for BBC and independent production companies.

Mark Featherstone-Witty
Principal & CEO – LIPA

Mark worked as an actor, editor and freelance journalist before finding his metier as a teacher. He has been responsible for a variety of business start–ups, including three private FE colleges that he lead or co-founded. Inspired by the film Fame, Mark founded The Schools for Performing Arts Trust to pioneer a new, institute wide curriculum. This initiative first manifested itself as The BRIT School. Mark led the creation of LIPA and has been Principal since it opened.

Jonathan Ford
Managing Director of Jonathan Ford & Co, Edge Lane, Liverpool

Jonathan is the Managing Director of Jonathan Ford & Co, Chartered Accountants. The firm was established in 1999 and specialises in the entertainment and creative sectors. Jonathan qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Liverpool before becoming the Financial Controller for Mersey TV – the production company behind Brookside, Hollyoaks and Grange Hill. Jonathan is also the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.

Simon Fowler

Simon worked in the John Lewis Partnership for 34 years in numerous senior roles including as Managing Director of both London Flagship department stores – Peter Jones and John Lewis, Oxford Street.  Most recently he held the post of Director of Communications, operating at Executive Director level. 

As Director of Communications, Simon was responsible for the communications strategy for the John Lewis Partnership, leading a team with responsibility for Government and media relations, internal communications, the business Archives and the Partnership's weekly magazine, The Gazette, which, at over 100 years old, is the World's longest running in-house publication.

Simon is also a Director and Governor of Merchant Taylors' Schools, Crosby where he is a member of the Estates Committee and the Marketing and Admissions Development Committee.  Additionally, Simon is an Executive Coach with the Government inspired organisation, Be the Business.

Simon was born in Thailand and spent his early years in Central Africa before moving to the Cotswolds.  He read Biology at Portsmouth University and has lived in Blundellsands with his family since 2009.  He is a keen gardener and beekeeper.

Geoffrey Goodwin (Vice Chair)
Sr Director, Video and Studios, Verizon Media

Geoffrey Goodwin is a digital media executive who has been active for 20 years in both the UK industry and his native Canada. Geoffrey was Head of Strategy for Drama, Entertainment, Comedy, Children’s and Film at the BBC from 2003 to 2007. He also wrote the BBC’s under 18s strategy with Andy Parfitt that helped set out the case for the BBC’s license fee negotiations in 2007. In 2007 Geoffrey set up BBC Switch; a multi-platform brand aimed at teenagers, which he ran for four years. In January 2013, after working for the then CEO of BBC Worldwide John Smith, Geoffrey founded his own production and talent management company, 40 Partners LTD. Fast forward to June 2017, Goodwin, now Sr Director, Video EMEA at Oath (Verizon owned company that merged AOL and Yahoo!) continues to oversee video, highlighted by significant commercial growth in the company's brand funded video output, including video series delivered with RYOT for IHG Hotels, Doritos, Danone, Shell, Kellogg's, Compare the Market, etc. Over 2 years at the newly named Verizon Media, Goodwin has, with RYOT, delivered over 30+ brand funded, video-led campaigns in addition to over 750+ hours of premium video editorial content shot in our brand new studio; shows include Build, The Royal Box, The Football Show and Yahoo Play App shows such as Beat the Street and Room of Doom. Next up is the 5G challenge of building a 2nd London-based studio to support next gen MoCap, VolCap and Broadcast AR immersive content.

Ian Jones (Chair)

A former RBS Regional Director, Ian has had an involvement with LIPA since its inception, serving two spells on the Council and becoming Chair in 2012. He has also held a wide range of non-Executive roles, including several appointments in the higher education sector. These positions include Treasurer & Vice Chair of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Council Member of the University of Liverpool and a member of its Audit Committee. He is also Senior Independent Director of Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chairs the Audit Committee.

Roger Morris

Roger attended grammar school in the building which is now LIPA.  He was one of the voluntary planning team which worked in the early 1990s to create LIPA and has been involved with LIPA's activities and development ever since. For the 24 years before he retired from paid employment, Roger was the Director of a group of grant-making trusts based in Liverpool.  He has many links with charities and other organisations involved in the arts, education, and community development.  He has a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford, was made an OBE for services to the charitable sector nationally and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside.

Frank Sanderson
Professor Emeritus, Liverpool John Moores University

Frank joined Liverpool John Moores University in 1973, and since then has worked in a number of roles throughout the institution. These have included Dean (of Students), Dean of The Division of Arts & Professional Studies and Member of Executive Board, Director of the Liverpool Business School and Executive Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor. Frank has also held a wide range of non-Executive roles, including several appointments to organisations in the healthcare sector throughout Merseyside.

Simeon Scheuber-Rush – Staff Representative

Simeon has operated as a freelance musician and Performing Arts educator across the North West for a number of years. He has taught Music in secondary schools, Musical Theatre in FE Colleges and taught Performing Arts across a number of HE institutions in the region as well as acting as a Musical Director and Trombonist for Musical Theatre productions in theatres across Liverpool. Simeon has been a Lecturer in Music at LIPA since 2014.

Andy Westwood
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, University of Manchester

Andy is Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Manchester. He is also a Professor of Politics and Policy at the University of Winchester and President of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation. He is a trustee of the National Union of Students and a member of HEFCE's Strategic Advisory Board for Quality, Accountability and Regulation. Previously he worked at a number of think tanks and was a special adviser to ministers on education, skills and science policy at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and at HM Treasury.

Claire Workman: Chief Operating Officer, First Ark Group

Claire has over 20 years’ experience of working in and across public, private and voluntary bodies as a practitioner, auditor and management consultant. For the past 10 years, her work has focussed primarily on working through strategy and policy initiatives with the Boards of public sector organisations, and building their strategic and transformational capabilities through dedicated Leadership Development Programmes.  She is currently Chief Operating Officer at First Ark Group.

Richard Young
Director, Uniac

Richard has been an internal auditor for the last twenty years, joining Uniac in 1992. His previously roles include senior audit manager at a Liverpool based NHS Internal Audit Consortium. He has experience in undertaking reviews covering student themes (recruitment, retention and satisfaction), HR (recruitment policies and staff development) and estates (capital projects, maintenance and service standards).


MEMBERS

John Causebrook
Consultant – Anthony Field Associates

John is currently a Director with Anthony Field Associates & Theatre Project Trust. He began his career as a theatre manager and has been responsible for many West End and Broadway productions. As a theatre consultant, John has worked on (amongst others) the Malta Opera House and Arts Centre, the Athens Concert Hall and the New Theatre in Milton Keynes. He is a Fellow of the RSA and is Treasurer of Arts Interlink.

Flo Clucas OBE

Flo Clucas OBE LL.D(hc), Cavaliere, was first elected to Liverpool council in 1986 and held a number of portfolios including that of Deputy Leader of the Council. Flo was a board member of Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Science Park and did extensive work on EU Funding programmes for Liverpool and the North West. She founded Hands Across the Sea after the Asian Tsunami which did extensive work in Sri Lanka. She retired from the City Council in 2012, though she continued to work on EU programmes.

Flo was a member of the Committee of the Regions 2002 to 2012, and was both President of the ALDE group and President of the CoR Commission on the EU Budget post 2013. She is currently Finance Spokesperson for the Council European Municipalities and Regions. Flo is mentor for women in politicians in Africa with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and has been a Consultant for the National Democratic Institute in the US.

Flo moved to Cheltenham in 2012 and became a councillor in 2014. She is currently a Cabinet member and has Culture as one of her responsibilities. 

A teacher by profession Flo's range of experience covers primary, secondary and tertiary education. She was a LIPA Council member and later became Chair of LIPA from 2000-2009. Flo is a LIPA Member and is Chair of the LIPA Primary School. Flo is a former visiting Fellow at the Heseltine Institute.

Flo was appointed OBE in 2005, awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity in 2009 and an  honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2013.

James Dimmock
Corporate and Financial Development Adviser - LIPA

Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and is currently a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He joined PKF (UK) LLP, London office, in 1976 and transferred to the Liverpool office in 1983. He was admitted as an equity partner in 1985.  Jim specialised in corporate finance and forensic work and advised medium and larger private companies and listed companies on acquisitions, disposals, restructuring and flotations. He has given evidence in Court on financial issues on more than 10 occasions.  Jim acted as financial advisor to LIPA virtually from its inception.  He retired from PKF in 2007. He was employed by LIPA as Head of Corporate and Financial Development from January 2010 until December 2015, since when he has acted as an adviser, continuing to deal with corporate and financial matters.

Mark Featherstone-Witty
Principal & CEO – LIPA

Mark worked as an actor, editor and freelance journalist before finding his metier as a teacher. He has been responsible for a variety of business start–ups, including three private FE colleges that he lead or co-founded. Inspired by the film Fame, Mark founded The Schools for Performing Arts Trust to pioneer a new, institute wide curriculum. This initiative first manifested itself as The BRIT School. Mark led the creation of LIPA and has been Principal since it opened.

Geoffrey Goodwin (Vice Chair)
Sr Director, Video and Studios, Verizon Media

Geoffrey Goodwin is a digital media executive who has been active for 20 years in both the UK industry and his native Canada. Geoffrey was Head of Strategy for Drama, Entertainment, Comedy, Children’s and Film at the BBC from 2003 to 2007. He also wrote the BBC’s under 18s strategy with Andy Parfitt that helped set out the case for the BBC’s license fee negotiations in 2007. In 2007 Geoffrey set up BBC Switch; a multi-platform brand aimed at teenagers, which he ran for four years. In January 2013, after working for the then CEO of BBC Worldwide John Smith, Geoffrey founded his own production and talent management company, 40 Partners LTD. Fast forward to June 2017, Goodwin, now Sr Director, Video EMEA at Oath (Verizon owned company that merged AOL and Yahoo!) continues to oversee video, highlighted by significant commercial growth in the company's brand funded video output, including video series delivered with RYOT for IHG Hotels, Doritos, Danone, Shell, Kellogg's, Compare the Market, etc. Over 2 years at the newly named Verizon Media, Goodwin has, with RYOT, delivered over 30+ brand funded, video-led campaigns in addition to over 750+ hours of premium video editorial content shot in our brand new studio; shows include Build, The Royal Box, The Football Show and Yahoo Play App shows such as Beat the Street and Room of Doom. Next up is the 5G challenge of building a 2nd London-based studio to support next gen MoCap, VolCap and Broadcast AR immersive content.

Rupert Grey
Consultant - Swan Turton

Rupert commenced his legal career at 35.  He became senior partner of a prominent libel practice, and later an equity partner at Farrers, the UK’s premier private practice law-firm.  He is now a consultant with Swan Turton, a specialist intellectual property practice in Covent Garden.  As a lawyer he has represented, and fought legal actions for and against, national papers and politicians, leading photographers and publishers, businessmen and explorers.  Rupert serves on the board of a number of front line charities in the performing arts, education, photography and conservation.

Ian Jones (Chair)

A former RBS Regional Director, Ian has had an involvement with LIPA since its inception, serving two spells on the Council and becoming Chair in 2012. He has also held a wide range of non-Executive roles, including several appointments in the higher education sector. These positions include Treasurer & Vice Chair of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Council Member of the University of Liverpool and a member of its Audit Committee. He is also Senior Independent Director of Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chairs the Audit Committee.

Dr Joanna Moriarty (Chair)
Director of Careers & Higher Education - St Paul's Girls’ School

Jo is currently the Director of Careers & Higher Education at St Paul's Girls School; a top independent, day school for girls. She was a Founding Trustee of the Schools for Performing Arts Trust and so was involved in the founding of the BRIT school in London and later LIPA. Jo was a Director on the LIPA Council for nine years and continues to support LIPA in her role as a Member. Jo is also Chair of the LIPA Sixth Form College.

Roger Morris

Roger attended grammar school in the building which is now LIPA.  He was one of the voluntary planning team which worked in the early 1990s to create LIPA and has been involved with LIPA's activities and development ever since. For the 24 years before he retired from paid employment, Roger was the Director of a group of grant-making trusts based in Liverpool.  He has many links with charities and other organisations involved in the arts, education, and community development.  He has a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford, was made an OBE for services to the charitable sector nationally and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside.

Adrian Packer
CEO and Founder - CORE Education Trust

Adrian Packer is the founder and CEO of CORE Education Trust. He took over as Executive Principal of Park View Educational Trust (PVET) and Interim Principal of Park View School in September 2014. In 2012, Adrian was the founding Principal of Everton Alternative Provision Free School and 6th Form College.  From 2010, Adrian was an Executive Director and part of the founding team of Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA).  Adrian was a senior Artistic Director at the BRIT School for 12 years.  Adrian is Governor of the City of Birmingham School and a Member of the Perry Beeches, The Academy Trust.  He is also an independent, Non-Executive Director of ukactive.