Our Board


Plymouth Culture’s board is made up from representatives of arts, cultural, civic and educational establishments across Plymouth. We have a continual process of board membership renewal to ensure we are representative of all sectors, ages and diversity in our city.

David Coslett - Chair

Professor David Coslett was Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Plymouth University until January 2016.  A distinguished and long serving academic, with a career spanning 25 years in the UK HE sector, David was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) where he was responsible for Student Experience, Curriculum Development, Academic Partnerships and External Relations.  Prior to this, he held posts as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Arts.  For a number of years he was Head of the School of Art and Performance at the former Exeter College of Art and Design.

An expert in Theatre in Education and a champion of the University and city’s cultural agenda, David was formerly secretary of the UK Council of University Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.  He serves on a number of Boards and Trusts, including the South West Film & Television Archive, and is the Chair of Plymouth Culture.

Sheila Snellgrove

Sheila Snellgrove is the Chief Executive of the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth’s alternative venue specialising in talent development. As a founder of the organisation she is well aware of the challenges associated with setting up new ventures and ensuring their survival. Sheila attended the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, has a BA in English Literature and has worked in theatre and education ever since as a teacher, actor, director and producer. Sheila is a graduate of the Clore Leadership Programme and was recently part of Plymouth Fairness Commission reporting on how to make the City a fairer place for all its citizens.

Hilary Lade

Hilary Lade has just completed her term as Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a member of the Board of Visitors at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. After a degree in Chinese at Cambridge and several years postgraduate study at Harvard and Berkeley she joined Shell and worked in various senior management roles culminating in Managing Director of Shell Gas for Shell UK. Leaving the oil industry after 8 years, she worked as Property Manager for the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and then Director of Historic Properties for English Heritage. In 1999 she marked the transition from full time work by walking from end to end of the Alps with a tent. Since then she has enjoyed Board roles in organisations as varied as Southern Arts (then part of Arts Council England), the Royal Parks, Visit Britain, the National Forest and Oxford University. She was a member of the selection panel for the 2008 European Capital of Culture (where Liverpool was successful) and subsequently joined Oxford Inspires as Vice Chair.

Lindsey Hall

Lindsey Hall is CEO and co-founder of RIO. Lindsey’s track record in the public and private sectors as a social entrepreneur, thinker and leader has seen her set up and develop products and services across the creative, learning and education sectors. From building award-winning programmes in the UK to driving groundbreaking initiatives internationally, Lindsey has the experience and skills at management, board and executive level to steer social business ideas towards success; making money and make a difference at the same time. Lindsey is a NESTA Cultural Leadership fellow, an INSEAD graduate, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a trustee of Fifteen Cornwall and a board member of RISE.