Lancaster Arts: Advisory Group

The Advisory Group provides a structured mechanism to facilitate joint working between those involved to support Lancaster Arts mission at a strategic level. It also provides an official meeting point for Lancaster Arts senior staff to report on the activities of the organisation.

The advisory group provides a forum for the exchange of ideas with a mandate that members actively support Lancaster Arts on agenda items such as organisational resilience, organisational development, organisational policy, organisational well-being. It is also a hub from which specific task and steering groups are actioned and to which these groups report to.

The Advisory Group is also a body which ratifies key Lancaster Arts policy documents and suggests steps and actions to support all matters arising. It meets twice a year.

Current Members (as at April 2015)


Martyn Evans
LICA Head of Department (about to change, June 2015)

Deborah Best
ACE Relationship Manager Combined Arts
Arts Council England

Julia Turpin – Executive Director, LeftCoast &
Kerenza McClarnan – Creative Engagement Manager, LeftCoast
(shared position on AG)

Julia and Kerenza, currently work at arts development agency LeftCoast in Blackpool. They’ve offered to share a membership role on Lancaster Arts Advisory Group. LeftCoast is a new organisation funded by the Art Council's Creative People and Places fund. Its goal is to collaboratively develop an artistic programme of activity to establish Blackpool and Wyre as places within which artists and communities can find new ways to create and appreciate great art together. Julia is Executive Director with responsibilities including artistic and strategic leadership, organisational development and management, relationship building and arts sector capacity building. She was previously Director of ‘Contacting the World’, a pioneering international theatre exchange project involving young people’s companies from around the world. Kerenza is Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast and director of Buddleia in Manchester, a commissioning agency seeking "to help develop a culture of ‘socially engaged’ art practice within the city. “ Previously Kerenza produced projects in the field of public art and social engagement for NW organisations like Liverpool Biennial and Manchester International Festival.

Adam Child
Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor, Lancaster University

A member of staff at Lancaster University, Adam has been at Lancaster for three years having previously worked for the Higher Education Academy in York. Since July 2013 he’s been the Senior Policy and Strategy Officer in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. This role involves providing high-level support to the senior management of the University, keeping abreast of political developments and other changes to policy which may affect the University. Recently he has been working on LU’s strategy implementation plan, including the section on the University’s approach to engagement with the wider community. His previous LU role was as an Assistant Registrar in the Academic Standards and Quality team, working on many aspects of Quality Assurance in collaboration with Lancaster’s major regional partners especially Blackburn College. Adam graduated with a BA in History from the University of York in 2007 and in 2011 completed a Masters by research in Education. His MA thesis explored the views of academic staff towards the National Student Survey.

Carolyn Primett
Head of Arts, Blackpool Council

A Lancaster local, Carolyn is both an established arts consultant and leader of Blackpool Council’s Arts Service. Recently, she worked on Lancaster Arts Partners successful bid to deliver the First Friday's Programme and is familiar with Lancaster Arts work through this and her work with Green Close to secure secure funding and curate the artists programme for the Lancashire Witches 400 Programme. Carolyn's expertise is in managing and curating artists, project management, fundraising, and business planning and holds an MA in European Cultural Planning with a particular interest in the role artists can play in ‘place-making’. She was one of the first local authority public art officers in the north-west region and has worked on national award winning schemes such as the TERN project on Morecambe seafront, St Anne’s Town Centre Regeneration and Panopticans.

Carolyn is presently a board member for Ludus Dance Company in Lancaster, she is a Design Panel Member for Places Matter!, and a North West regional representative for Arts Development UK.

Deborah Pepper
Senior Cashier, Lancaster University

I’ve had a varied and I like to think interesting career. Ranging from pub and club management, through to finance, with a little bit of the entertainment industry thrown in. I am currently employed at Lancaster University in the Finance department and I am a fully qualified Associate of Accounting Technicians. In addition to this throughout my life I have played an active role in many diverse and worthwhile societies/groups including treasurer of a preschool and a political party. On these I have always endeavoured to maintain a professional manner and offered advice on both financial and administrative matters in addition to fundraising.

I must add here that I have always loved the arts both performing and visual. As such, much of my leisure time is spent going to the theatre; concerts and/or visiting art galleries. Although my introduction to the arts was the classics which I still love, I appreciate many different genres and still love to discover someone/something new. Finally I passionately believe that art should be accessible to and attainable by all.

Diane Sammons,
Programme Manager for Performing Arts, Beaumont College

Diane Sammons has worked at Beaumont College for 27 years in a range of roles in the education department including the Programme Manager for Creative Arts. Teacher trained at St. Martin’s College Lancaster and with a BEd Hons degree and an Advanced Diploma in Special Needs Education. Her current role includes teaching and the management of the curriculum for the students with the most profound and complex needs. She also represents Lancaster Arts at the University’s reporting body of PASC (public Arts Strategy Committee) and has been a participant on many of our artist-led projects and organises visits from the college to performances at our venues for her students.

Richard Gregory
Artistic Director Quarantine

Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. Quarantine makes original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, our work begins and ends with the people in the room. The company creates theatre, performance and other public events. We’ve made 27 original pieces of work of varying scale: family parties, karaoke booths, cookery lessons, radio broadcasts, reading rooms and journeys in the dark for one person at a time – as well as performances on stage for audiences in seats.

Panic Lab present R.I.O.T - A comic book which comes to life in highly physical dance theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster. Friday 4 December 2015.