Helen Birchenough (Chair)
A member of the Board since 2012, Helen's first career was in advertising and brand design, which led seamlessly through raising three children into fundraising and the voluntary sector. She served as a trustee of the Salisbury Playhouse for nine years chairing it for three. She is currently Chair of Wiltshire College and a trustee of The Wiltshire Community Foundation. She is passionate about the community we live in and the role of the arts within it. She lives in West Grimstead with her very supportive husband Simon.
Susan Roller (Chair, Finance sub-committee)
Susan joined the Board in 2012 and is Chair of the Finance Committee. She works for Smith & Williamson LLP in Salisbury and is an accountant by training. Her focus is on the financial outturn each year and making sure that the budgets set are realistic. Susan is also a member of the Income Generation Group where she has found it essential to understand how the fundraising is developing as any changes in the voluntary income feed directly through to the bottom line.
Pat Pryor (Chair, Learning & Participation sub-committee)
Pat joined the Board in 2011 as Director with special responsibility for Learning and Participation. She lives in Blandford Forum, North Dorset, and works in the arts and cultural service at Dorset County Council in Dorchester. When Pat first moved to Dorset she worked on the Media Production degree at Bournemouth University, as well as a freelance career as a broadcast journalist. Her earlier career was with BBC Radio in London and Bristol.
Paul Whitelegg (Chair, HR sub-committee)
Paul is retired and lives in Salisbury. His background is in military aviation, running airfields and then large businesses fixing, repairing and modifying aircraft. As well as a being a director at Salisbury International Arts Festival since 2008, he is Chair of the Friends of the Young Galley and VP of the RAeS branch Boscombe Down. He was once the Town Crier of Eccleshall in Staffordshire!
Athol Hendry (Chair, Marketing sub-committee)
Athol joined the Board in January 2015. He lives in Salisbury and has a long standing and wide ranging love of the Arts. He served in the Army for 16 years, but decided to leave when he was just beginning to get the hang of it. Since then, he has worked in senior communications and marketing appointments in both the public and voluntary sectors. He is also a founding trustee of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation.
Charles joined the Board in January 2015 and is a member of the Income Generation Group and the Finance Committee. He is a Partner in the Company and Commercial team at Parker Bullen LLP in Salisbury, having previously spent 11 years in the City working for international law firms. Charles has been involved with the Arts from a young age and lives in Salisbury with his wife, Victoria.
Nick joined the Festival Board in January 2015 and is a member of the Marketing Sub-committee. He brings extensive marketing experience gained from a career in IT, mostly with IBM. He's been a brand manager, worked in direct & channel marketing, in UK and European roles; he was previously the European Marketing Director for Dell Financial Services, and currently works as a marketing consultant. He is a long term supporter of the festival and lives in the Woodford Valley with his wife Julia.
Carol's career in broadcasting ranged from BBC Producer/Director, through Channel 4 Commissioning Editor and Director of Programmes for an ITV/BBC pan-European satellite channel, to Managing Director of a production company. She has served as a trustee on a number of charities and NGOs and also chaired a couple of film and TV festivals. She and her husband have had a home in Wiltshire for over 20 years. Carol joined the Board in February 2016 and is a member of the Income Generation Group.
Emma joined the Board in September 2013 and is a member of the Income Generation Group. Her background is in theatre as she used to work for a theatrical agency and she is also a keen opera and concert goer and a long term supporter of Salisbury Festival. Emma has lived in the Salisbury area for 17 years.
Lady Laura Phillips MBE
Laura has chaired the Festival since 2007. She has an Arts background having served on the Boards of Rambert Dance, Rambert School, and Siobhan Davies Dance Co. Laura is currently a Governor of Salisbury Cathedral School and a member of the Cathedral Council. From 2012 to 2013 she was High Sheriff of Wiltshire.
Pauline joined the Board in February 2016 having recently moved from Brighton to the Somerset/Wiltshire border. She is a member of the Finance sub-committee. She has extensive experience and knowledge in the arts and cultural sector delivering, managing and fundraising for complex and multi-faceted cultural and heritage projects, including the National Lottery-funded Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery and as Director of the Royal Pavilion, Libraries and Museums in Brighton.
Festival Advisory Council
Dame Rosemary Spencer