Helen Webb has a lifetime interest in dance. A former teacher and lawyer, she is now a patron of the Royal Ballet School and the Rambert Dance Company. She has previously been a freelance reviewer of dance for various titles.
John E McGrath has spent his career working in contemporary theatre and performing arts. John was appointed Artistic Director of the Manchester International Festival from November 2015. Before that he was for seven years the inaugral Director of the National Theatre of Wales. He advises the Arts Council of England and the British Council. In 2005 he was awarded the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Cultural Leadership Award. For a June 2014 article on John’s work at NTW see here
Richard Thomas has a longstanding interest in supporting contemporary art, music and dance. Currently working in professional services, he has previously been an occupational psychologist, and a policy official at HM Treasury. Between 2002 and 2012 he was trustee and latterly chairman of the national charity Pilotlight, from which he brings his knowledge of charity governance and organisational structures. In 2012 he founded the commissioning circle for the Manchester International Festival.